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12 Interesting Facts About Baby Kicks While Pregnant

12 Interesting Facts About Baby Kicks While PregnantWhile I am sitting here, still not pregnant, I can’t help but think about the parts of pregnancy I just can’t wait for.

One of them is definitely feeling and taking in the pregnancy kicks again. It’s one of my favorite things about the entire pregnancy process and they always fascinate me!

Each of my three kids was very active when they were growing inside me and each had their own fun pattern of what made them move, what gave them the hiccups, and how I could stop them from kicking me right in the bladder.

If you are pregnant and about to experience kicks for the first time, or if you’re a veteran stamping ground for those little baby feet, there are some interesting facts about what’s going on.

Click through to read 12 interesting facts about those baby kicks while pregnant:


  • First Time Moms 1 of 12
    First Time Moms
    You can expect to feel your first baby kicks around 18-25 weeks.
    Source: American Pregnancy
    Photo credit: billaday/Flickr
  • Second Time + Moms 2 of 12
    Second Time + Moms
    If you've had a baby before, you know what to look out for in terms of what a baby kick feels like. You may begin to notice those movements as early as 13 weeks.
    Source: American Pregnancy
    Photo credit: serenityphotographyltd/Flickr
  • Less Active Period 3 of 12
    Less Active Period
    Fetal moment tends to slow down as your sugar drops and is typically seen between the hours of 9pm - 1am.
    Source: American Pregnancy
    Photo credit: SanShoot/Flickr
  • Left Side 4 of 12
    Left Side
    Laying on your left side provides the best circulation to your baby and you may notice an increase in kicks and wiggles from the babe.
    Source: American Pregnancy
    Photo credit: Just Taken Pics/Flickr
  • Count Those Kicks 5 of 12
    Count Those Kicks
    It's recommended to start counting your baby's kicks around 28 weeks. This will help aid discovery of any fetal issues. For more on counting kicks and how to do it, visit March of Dimes
    Source: American Pregnancy
    Photo credit: deanj/Flickr
  • 10 Kicks 6 of 12
    10 Kicks
    The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that you keep track of the bay movements. You should feel 10 kicks, flutters, swishes, or rolls within 2 hours.
    Source: American Pregnancy
    Photo credit: sabianmaggy/Flickr
  • What’s It Feel Like? 7 of 12
    What's It Feel Like?
    For me, the first movements felt like little taps or "swooches". According to Baby Center, kicks are often described as feeling like "swishes, gas or hunger" in the beginning.
    Source: Baby Center
    Photo credit: storyvillegirl/Flickr
  • First Movements 8 of 12
    First Movements
    Those first movements likely wouldn't be described as a "kick" but it's called "quickening".
    Source: American Pregnancy
    Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr
  • Food Matters 9 of 12
    Food Matters
    Certain foods and drinks can cause your baby to be more active than other times.
    Source: American Pregnancy
    Photo credit: Amy the Nurse/Flickr
  • Rhythmic Pattern 10 of 12
    Rhythmic Pattern
    If you feel a rhythmic pattern to your baby's jumps, you may be feeling the baby having hiccups. Usually starts to be noticeable to you around 24 weeks.
    Source: Baby Center
    Photo credit: andrewmalone/Flickr
  • Slowed Movements 11 of 12
    Slowed Movements
    At around 36-weeks gestation it's not unusual to feel a slight slow down in baby's movements as they grow and room is restricted.
    Source: Baby Center
    Photo credit: jencu/Flickr
  • Partner, Punch 12 of 12
    Partner, Punch
    Around 20-24 weeks is the time you can expect to share those movements with others as they can be felt from the outside. It may take longer for plus-sized women or those that have an anterior placenta (placenta on the front of the uterus) to share the punches with their partner.
    Source: Baby Center
    Photo credit: bertobox/Flickr

Photo credit: adapted from  Frank de Kleine / Flickr

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