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when did you first feel your baby move?

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queenie1 Tue 23-Jun-09 12:22:46

Hi - I'm coming up to 20 weeks (this is my first pregnancy) and while I think I've had a bit of the fluttering / quickening over the past week or so, I can't be sure and have definitely not felt any definite movements. Is this normal? When did you first feel your baby move and what did it feel like?

Feeling quite anxious so keen to hear about other people's experiences...

mrswee Tue 23-Jun-09 12:32:16

I felt mainly flutterings and a sort of vibration type feeling at around 17/18 weeks and then the occasional prod from the inside and again mainly flutters till about around 20/21 weeks then more prods and wriggles... -if I was busy and wasn't sitting or laying very quiet then I'd miss it altogether

It kind of gradually built up for me from mild flutterings that I wasn't really sure I was even feeling, to proper wriggles and prods over the weeks.

I'm now 26 weeks and fell the baby moving a lot more but can still feel like my baby was quiet if I had a busy day, but really I am just not noticing the smaller movements while I am busy.

I tend to feel it more just after I have eaten... makes me want to eat more grin my baby likes baked potatos and cakes!!

mrswee Tue 23-Jun-09 12:34:10

p.s. you do sound very normal to me, your baby is going to surprise you with a prod very soon!

Northumberlandlass Tue 23-Jun-09 12:34:23

I first felt flutterings (almost like having butterflies) at around 21 weeks.

queenie1 Tue 23-Jun-09 12:50:04

thanks for the reassurance mrswee smile

lynniep Tue 23-Jun-09 12:59:09

oh crikey - DS I didnt feel until what I thought was quite late - it was definately after my scan, so maybe 22 weeks? It was tiny little flutters. I know I wasnt positive about what it was until much later, maybe 26 or 27. When I started getting whacked really hard!!

I'm 20 pg with #2 now and I felt this one at more like 11 weeks (Im told thats unlikely, but I know what I feel!) This one started of as flutters but from about 16 weeks has been definate poking!

bethoo Tue 23-Jun-09 13:06:17

lyn i think that wiht each preg you feel them earlier since youi know what you are feelign for iykwim.

lupa Tue 23-Jun-09 13:53:29

I started feeling it around 19-20 weeks, but it wasn't very easy to tell the difference between the baby's movements and my usual stomach burblings (except the latter are usually accompanied by a noise blush).

The best was when I first felt a movement with my hand.

Then later, of course, you can actually see it. I'm starting to get a wee bit tired of 'Alien' comments... Keeps me entertained on the bus though.

calli1991 Tue 23-Jun-09 13:55:32

im 28 weeks pregnant this week with my first pregnancy and i was exactly the same around 20 weeks pregnant i felt a bit of fluttering but i couldnt be sure if that was definitely the baby or just my digestive system or something but then the movements got stronger and i started to recognise the babys movements now my whole belly shakes like jelly when the baby kicks. it goes mad when i eat icelollies and spaghetti bolognese(not together)!! somedays when i havent been paying attention i get all worried thinking i didnt feel the baby move so i play my ipod to my bump and it makes the baby move

congratulations xx

TinyPawz Tue 23-Jun-09 22:17:05

I was about 23 weekly. Placenta was at the front and I am quite chubby anyway so baby hsd a lot to kick through.

mrsdisorganised Tue 23-Jun-09 22:23:49

Don't panic! (says shehmm) This is my 5th and I've only just become aware of more movement at 21 weeks, generally in evening in bed just before I finally shut my eyes! Have been driving myself and family round the bend complaining of lack of movementblush only to be reminded by my midwife that I am very busy and it is still 'early days'!

SheWillBeLoved Tue 23-Jun-09 22:43:29

About 22 weeks I think, and even then it was hit and miss. Some days I'd feel it, then it'd disappear for a few days, but gradually got stronger and more regular. Now you can see arms/legs glide across my stomach, bleurgh, give me back random little punches any day grin

I don't think I noticed it when it was at the flutters stage... but the kicks/punches felt like someone had a little fishing hook attached to my womb, and gave it random little tugs now and again hmm

queenie1 Wed 24-Jun-09 07:21:58

This is all so reassuring - thanks so much for your replies.

I think I felt more fluttering last night too, so will just patiently wait over the next few weeks for something more definite and stronger...


Stokey Wed 24-Jun-09 18:17:13

I'm 21 weeks and think i have felt it - but normally just after dinner when i lie on the sofa with my hands on my stomach.. not exactly a flutter... just sthg that doesn't feel like its me moving.

But had 20 wk scan & its definitely moving around so not too worried. Keep telling myself i'll soon get fed up when it starts kicking me thru the night smile

princessmel Wed 24-Jun-09 18:18:59

Def not till 20 ish weeks with pregnancy 1.

Can't remember with no2.

19 weeks with this one, no3.

madmissy Wed 24-Jun-09 20:49:22

quite early for me..
dd1 16 weeks
dd2 cant rem blush
and pg now with no3 and felt flutters at 14 weeks

jsb100 Tue 14-Jul-09 14:35:22

I am 21 weeks pg with my 1st baby and have not felt any movement yet. Was starting to freak out but have since read that it's common to miss the flutterings if you are quite active.

Ballooning Tue 14-Jul-09 15:09:29

First felt at 16 weeks, which I think is quite unusual for first babe. Best described as a kind of corkscrew feeling. 24 weeks now and plenty of activity - sort of soft watery waves feeling?? Mostly felt when sitting or laying still.

Ballooning Tue 14-Jul-09 15:11:54

First felt at 16 weeks, which I think is quite unusual for first babe. Best described as a kind of corkscrew feeling. 24 weeks now and plenty of activity - sort of soft watery waves feeling?? Mostly felt when sitting or laying still.

McSnail Tue 14-Jul-09 15:13:03

Mine was so gradual, I had no idea it was the baby. By the time I got to about 24 weeks, I was feeling noticeable kicking from within. Some days I didn't feel that much. Now at eight and a half months pregnant, I can feel the baby squirming around like a muscley octopus and I can see my stomach doing Mexican Waves...

juuule Tue 14-Jul-09 15:17:05

11weeks the earliest (2nd baby) and 22weeks the latest(3rd baby) all the others were somewhere in between.

ashymae Tue 14-Jul-09 15:54:21

I felt him at 15 weeks and my husband felt him at 16 1/2 weeks. We were able to see him at 18 1/2 weeks and now in the morning and at night we can watch him move for an hour at a time or so!

slug Tue 14-Jul-09 16:10:24

About 16 weeks. We went to see Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at the Brixton Academy. The first note of the concert was a deep bass, and there was a definite response from inside. DH was sooo proud grin

trellism Tue 14-Jul-09 19:28:13

I first felt pokings at about 16-17 weeks (this is my first). I am now 25 and can feel very definite kicks, prods, punches and writhes, as well as see them through my clothes.

I am was pretty slim before I got pg and I also have a posterior placenta so I suppose there's less to absorb the impacts. But everyone's different.

BexJ78 Tue 14-Jul-09 21:10:41

I haven't really felt anything yet, although i thought i possibly felt something today at work. I am 19 weeks so hoping to feel something soon! got 20 wk scan on monday anyway, so hopefully that should let us know everything is ok. this is our first baby, so all a bit new!

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