Skip Nav
Interview With Lively CEO Michelle Cordeiro Grant
F*cking Awesome Females
How This Mom's YOLO Moment Disrupted the $13 Billion Lingerie Industry
Elephant Mug on Amazon
Amazon
Tea Drinkers, You'll Love This Elephant Mug (on Amazon!) For Its Handy Little Bag Holder
Shopping Guide
The Most Instagrammable Onesies For Your Stylin' Baby

When Do You First Start to Feel a Baby Kick?

Here's When You Should First Start to Feel Your Baby Kick

From the moment most women find out they're pregnant, there's usually a natural anticipation that builds before the first time they feel their baby move or kick. These movements, otherwise known as "quickening," play a crucial role in helping mothers feel more connected with their own bodies as well as with the baby they're growing inside of them.

But when exactly does that start? POPSUGAR spoke with Dr. Sherry Ross, MD, OB/GYN, women's health expert at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA, and author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health. Period, about the emotional and beautiful milestone. "Most women feel the beginnings of fetal movement before 21 weeks gestation," she says. "In a first pregnancy, this can occur around 18-21 weeks gestation, and in following pregnancies, it can occur as early as 15-16 weeks gestation."

It can be hard to detect movement if the mother is overweight or if her placenta is positioned close to the stomach, Dr. Ross adds. And since the movements will initially be infrequent, they can often be dismissed as gas or bloating symptoms. But you shouldn't really be concerned about how much activity you can feel in the womb until the third trimester.

"Early fetal movement is felt most commonly when the woman is sitting or lying quietly and concentrating on her body, usually between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.," she explains. "The mom may also feel fetal movement after eating or drinking a sugary beverage." Dr. Ross suggests following your baby's kick counts, especially in the third trimester, to ensure the baby moves 10 times in an hour, at least twice a day. If you notice there's less or decreased fetal movement during the day, she suggests "drinking a large glass of juice and laying on your left side to see if your baby will move with a sugar boost and blast of hydration." And then by the third trimester, your baby's movements will be hard to ignore!

Image Source: Unsplash/Ella Jardim
From Our Partners
A Letter to My Husband Before He Becomes a Dad
Is It Safe to Have a VBAC?
What It's Like Being Pregnant in the Summer
What Is Breech Head Entrapment?
Essay About Having More Sex When You're Pregnant
What Is Home Birth Like?
Can You Choose Your Baby's Sex Through IVF?
What It's Like to Have a Baby With Your Friend
Does Osteoporosis Affect Fertility?
Rules For Your Partner When You're Pregnant
Things That Can Hurt Fertility
Best Baby Shower Ideas and Themes
From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds