While 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
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 PregnancyPhoto credit: serenityphotographyltd/Flickr
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 PregnancyPhoto credit: SanShoot/Flickr
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 PregnancyPhoto credit: Just Taken Pics/Flickr
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 PregnancyPhoto credit: deanj/Flickr
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 PregnancyPhoto credit: sabianmaggy/Flickr
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
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
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 CenterPhoto credit: jencu/Flickr
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 CenterPhoto credit: bertobox/Flickr
Photo credit: adapted from Frank de Kleine / Flickr
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