Quickening 101 | Pregnancy Guide

The moment when you can feel your baby kick for the first time must be the most wonderful experience during your pregnancy. However, when it happens and what it feels like might be what you are wondering about. We hope the information below can help you understand more about your baby’s movements (also known as quickening).

The time you can feel your Baby Kick

Most moms can feel the baby kick early around 13 to 16 weeks. However, it might be a bit difficult to know whether that feeling is pregnant gas or your baby’s movements. In addition, new moms may not feel these movements as early as second-time moms. But, no worry new moms, soon you will begin to notice the pattern. For first-time mothers, quickening can happen around 18 to 20 weeks. Besides, you should remember that each woman experiences their pregnancy in their own way. So, it is completely fine if you might not feel your quickening as early as other women. The range of time when the first detection of movement can be felt is from 13 to 25 weeks.

When will others be able to feel the baby kick

Your family and friends would be able to feel the movement when you are around 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy. However, it mostly depends on your placenta position. Your anterior placenta could make it more difficult to notice the baby moves by others.


Quickening frequency

As your baby is continuing to develop, your baby will stretch, flex and wiggle more frequently. You will begin to feel more obvious movements further along in your pregnancy such as turning, kicking, and punching. Plus, your little one might also move as they respond to noise or to your emotions.

Although baby movements are regular, they may change towards the end of the third trimester. This is because the baby is bigger and the uterus is more restricted now. At the beginning of week 28, it is important to start counting your baby movements. This will help you notice potential problems easier. Plus, a kick count chart could be very helpful during this time. Choose a suitable time for you to do it every day and start counting for how long it takes to feel 10 movements.

Normally, a pregnant woman feels 10 movements within 2 hours during this time. So, if you recognize anything abnormal when you compare your result to the counting chart, contact your healthcare provider.

Feel free to share your story about your baby kick to us. We would love to hear it from you.