For those who've been pregnant before, or are currently further along in their pregnancy, I'm curious when you first felt the baby "quickening"... i.e. the little flutters and first movements from inside. I've read it can vary widely but wanted to hear firsthand experience
How far along were you? And what did it feel like if you had to describe the sensation? I am so eager to feel something!
pomelo / 5326 posts
With my DD it was about 19/20 weeks. With the little girl I lost, I was just starting to feel her at about 21 weeks. With this pregnancy I feel that I have felt something since about 13/14 weeks but it is pretty sporadic and more just like a general heaviness where I can tell it is hanging out. At 17 weeks, I am just starting to feel pokes and flutters.
persimmon / 1445 posts
I am 17 weeks as well and have been feeling kicks and flutters for a bit over a week. This is baby #2 for me and I can't remember when I first felt anything with my first
pomegranate / 3904 posts
With my first it was 17 weeks, my second was 16 weeks, and I'm 15 weeks now with no distinguishable movement. I'm hoping soon!
nectarine / 2461 posts
there are a ton of great old HB threads on this that I read through a couple months ago looking for answers to your question (I'm 27 weeks now with my first)--I found them by googling, actually, I couldn't find them by rooting around on the website.
anyway, I felt a few flickers that I *think* were movement but couldn't be sure in weeks 15-16--that felt like a shifting that seemed almost like gas, but wasn't. I felt it for certain, and with daily frequency, the day I started week 18, and by then it felt like a tiny goldfish flopping around out of water, except it would only flop one time now I feel him moving around constantly, like every hour or two for a few minutes at a time.
ETA if you are at your NT or anatomy scan they can tell you where your placenta is--if it's posterior (mine is) you will probably feel something a little sooner than if it's anterior.
pomegranate / 3921 posts
@LAZB: @LCTBQE: You guys are making me feel better. I'm 17+5 today and I'm not feeling squat. A couple of questionable bubbles, but nothing major. I started feeling regular movement at 18W with DD, so I've been worried. Thank you!
pomelo / 5257 posts
Probably not for SURE until 19ish weeks. Now 28 weeks and he moves a ton! I sometimes wonder if people can see it during meetings at work, haha.
nectarine / 2461 posts
@mfa_lady: yes, I was so anxious to feel it, too! my OB told me not to expect anything until week 20, and not to freak out if it took longer than that. I totally felt like the weeks after the first tri and before movement was a weird, eerily quiet time. hang in there
kiwi / 566 posts
@delight: That's exciting that you're starting to feel something!
@LCTBQE: Thanks for the details. I've read people describing it as flutters or feelings of bubbles popping, but I have so many gastrointestinal issues just on a regular day that I wonder if I'll even know it's happening or if I'll just think it's gas!
@MrsSCB: That's so fun, I can't wait to feel that
pear / 1737 posts
Felt some tiny bubble movement around 13 weeks. Felt my first internal kick or punch at 20 weeks on the nose. And regular movement started around 24 weeks.
I often had really bad bloaty gas before becoming pregnant and that only worsened with early pregnancy. When I got gas and my tummy swelled while pregnant I couldn't feel her move and that was in my third trimester. It used to freak me out a lot.
kiwi / 566 posts
@Mrs. Goose: Thanks for the heads up, I totally get bad bloating and gas, so good to know what to expect!
cherry / 128 posts
I noticed something fairly early, between 16-17 weeks, but my midwives told me that 18-20 weeks is more usual (possibly later if the placenta is anterior). Even so, what I felt was very sporadic (maybe once every 3-4 days) and to me, it felt like light twitches... like when your eyelid twitches, but low in my abdomen. I'm just past 19 weeks now and I usually feel something every day and it's more like a gentle poking/tapping, but it's still very faint and I only really notice it if I'm sitting quietly and paying attention.
pear / 1852 posts
It was around 20 weeks, but I can't remember exactly when.
pear / 1965 posts
With my first pg it was around 18 weeks. I was unsure a couple times then one day it was a good fast flutter feeling that there was no denying.
I hope its a little sooner like most this time around but I am only 9 weeks now and have a ways to go.
clementine / 928 posts
A couple days before 18w! I wrote it down
apricot / 485 posts
I didn't feel anything at all until 18weeks on the dot. I felt kicks. No little flutters or bubbles ever. Just kicks! I am 14weeks with #2 and I think I've felt some flutters but not too often.
pear / 1955 posts
Definitely feels like gas. There are some days now (my LO is 10 months old and I'm def not pregnant!) where I have gas and automatically move my hand to my belly because it feels so much like a kick.
pomegranate / 3032 posts
it was definitely after my anatomy scan at 20 weeks... I had an anterior placenta. I also think i probably brushed off early movements as digestive stuff. The weirdest for me was phantom movements months after i delivered.
I go for my 8 week dating u/s next week. I'm hoping the placenta is posterier this time and i have a better idea of what i'm looking for movement wise.
watermelon / 14467 posts
With H, 14 weeks. With this one, I swear I felt some movement at 9 weeks, but not definitive movement until about 13 weeks.
pear / 1986 posts
I looked back for A and it was exactly between 17 and 18 weeks. Then DH could feel her through the outside just after 19 weeks.
cherry / 116 posts
I'm midway through 14 weeks and I just felt the first movement yesterday! It was around 9 pm after I'd had some cherry pie. I was sitting in bed, leaning forward and resting on my elbows (terrible posture, prob not good for baby!) when I felt what felt exactly like muscle twitches, 3 distinct twitches in a row just above my pubic bone. If you've ever had an eyelid twitch, or a back muscle, or a stomach muscle twitch, you know what it feels like. I sat up and leaned back and quickly grabbed my doppler, and sure enough, the twitches corresponded with the movement of the baby. So cool! Did not think I'd feel anything so soon! I've felt the twitches today too. Normally I wouldn't have noticed, but since I have the doppler, I know for sure what it was. I also know what gas feels like and sounds like in the doppler, and this wasn't gas. It's possible others feel it sooner too but don't recognize it. Either the baby likes cherry pie, or didn't like the position I was in.
nectarine / 2951 posts
DS1- 18/19 weeks
DS2- 15 weeks
papaya / 10343 posts
17 weeks. Felt like a hamster doing somersaults.
pomegranate / 3192 posts
With my first I was 19+1 weeks (anterior placenta) and with my second I was 10+4 felt like popcorn popping to me!
grape / 95 posts
I was almost 16 weeks when I felt the strangest little sensation - the same feeling as my eyelid involuntarily twitching, but in my uterus.
That little whisper of a twitch turned into the kickiest baby that would have me doubled over and wincing all the time in my second and third trimesters! Haha and at 7 months old his powerhouse legs are still giving me bruises!
honeydew / 7622 posts
14 weeks! DH felt her shortly after, which was crazy.
nectarine / 2433 posts
@Goldengirl: I felt the baby kick at 18 weeks, which is surprising because I had anterior placenta. I would say it felt like jellyfish fluttering in my belly. Or water bubbling if that makes sense. Like a watery pop.