SORRY I know this has been asked a million times in one form or another...just not sure....I'm 20wks and have started to feel the baby move in the past fortnight. Actually I felt it very faintly at about 16 weeks, but wasn't sure, then when it started being a bit stronger I realised that is what it had been all along.
However after having quite an active week where I was feeling it every hour or so, he/she seems to have gone v quiet. Every day I think "if I don't feel it today I'll go to the MW" but then I'll get one tiny flutter or so - but NOTHING like it was last week.
Same for me, until about 22 weeks, I would get some pretty intermittent movements, there did come a time when I felt movements every day (every hour more like!) but until that point it was intermittent definitely. I've also noticed if I've had a really busy active day I get no movements afterwards, I think the baby is as tired as I am!
If I'm busy doing stuff, or moving about a lot, I tend not to notice movements so much (unless they're really vigorous).
I normally notice them when I'm relaxing in bed, or in the bath, or reading or watching TV. But, even so, some days are quieter than others.
I think I read that you should feel 10 or more movements per day. Some days I'll feel 10 or more movements within an hour, and feel baby jiggling about most of the day. Other days I'll feel nothing all day, then get a burst of activity just before bedtime.
Do call your midwife if you feel worried. That's what she's there for.
I had a similar panic, went to the midwife, heard the heartbeat and felt reassured. Still has his quiet days. I spoke to him and gave him a gentle prod today and he started kicking (is that cruel - eek? ). But he danced like buggery to music in the car the other day. V.up and down you have my upmost sympathy!
Sometimes the baby turns around so you can't always feel its movements. Also, they tend to sleep a lot in there. if you don't feel even a flutter for a day or so, get your midwife to listen to the heartbeat to put your mind at rest.
Thanks all, and esp to Chocolatepeanut, that can't be easy to write about. But congrats on being pregnant again, I'm sure all will go well!
The MW heard the hb yesterday which cheered me up no end, she also didn't think I was being silly for going in. Last night he/she kicked me so hard DH could see it on my skin!! So all is well, but I am glad I checked. She said the same, that the baby has room to move and kick in the way at the moment, soon he/she won't have the space which is when we should feel them continuously.
Phew for now, I'm sure I will panic again at some point though!