Keeping Track of Foetal Movement-What to Watch out For

Pregnancy can prove to be both a delicate and anxious period for any expectant mother.

During this period, there are a lot of changes that a mother-to-be goes through, hence she will always want to be sure that her pregnancy is progressing well.

Feeling your baby kick is one of the most exciting experiences for any mum-to-be. However, it could also set in anxious moments when worry sets in.

It is important to note that every baby moves differently while in the womb.

When is the Baby Likely to Move?

  • As a mum-to-be, you should be able to feel your baby’s first movements anytime between 16 weeks and 25 weeks during month 4 and 5 in your second trimester. If it is your first pregnancy, you may not feel your baby move until closer to 25 weeks. By the second pregnancy, some women start to feel movements as early as 13 weeks.
  • Sometimes when the mother happens to be busy and does not pay close attention, she may not notice the baby’s movements.

What the Movements Will Feel Like?

The type of movements one feels will depend on what the baby is doing and their stage of growth and development. Each infant is different, with some more active than others.

The first sensation you may feel may be:

  • A fluttering (like ‘butterflies in the tummy’)
  • Swishing
  • Rolling or tumbling sensation 
  • A tiny kick 

When the Baby Moves

Babies tend to move more during particular times of the day. While some may be more active when the mother sleeps, others show more activity when the mother is awake.

In some cases, it is said that a baby may move when the mother takes either hot or cold drinks, or when she pats her belly which sends signals to the baby. Read more on bonding while pregnant

As the pregnancy progresses, the movements normally become more distinct and frequent, especially during the third trimester.

Keeping Track of the Baby’s Movement

It is important for a mother-to-be to keep track of the baby’s movements so that when she notices that something unusual, she can always consult her doctor.

If your baby’s movements decrease or stop, it may be a sign that there is a problem; hence it is best to have yourself checked to rule out any danger.

On the other hand, if you notice that your unborn baby’s movements become irregular, it may be that the baby is distressed and requires medical intervention.



Please note that development differs from one child to another. Content intended for educational purposes only, and should not be substituted for medical advice from your doctor.

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Last reviewed March 2019 

Sources: whattoexpect, pregnancybirthbaby, webmd, motherhood101

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