Most women usually begin to feel their baby move between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. A baby’s movements can be described as anything from a kick, flutter, swish or roll. The type of movement may change as your pregnancy progresses.
Feeling your baby move is an incredible experience but is also a great sign that your baby is well. There is no set number of movements you need to feel. Your baby will have their own individual pattern that you should get to know. A baby’s movements are an excellent indicator of its wellbeing and a great bonding opportunity.
As your baby develops their number and type of movements will change with their activity pattern. Your baby will have sleep periods that will usually last between 20 and 40 minutes and rarely last longer than 90 minutes. Something you could practice in preparation for the newborn days!
The number of movements tends to increase until 32 weeks of pregnancy and then stay about the same although the type of movement may change as due date approaches. If you think your baby’s movements have slowed down or stopped, contact your midwife or maternity unit immediately. Do not put off calling until the next day to see what happens. Never hesitate to contact your doctor or midwife, no matter how many times this happens.
It is NOT true that babies move less towards the end of pregnancy. A reduction in a baby’s movements can sometimes be an important warning sign that a baby is unwell.
Trust your instincts!