“There is a 6” roller coaster in my belly and it’s the sweetest ride I’ve ever felt.”-Amelia, Carroll Gardens Mom-to-Be
The first time I felt baby boy, I was sitting up in bed watching the morning news (my usual Monday morning procrastination routine). It was day one of pregnancy week 19. My hands were resting comfortably below my belly button when I felt a rumble inside. Not a gas rumble – no toots – but more of a wave followed by a jab into the lower right side of my belly button.
With the first wave, I wasn’t sure what I was feeling. Like any first time mom, I questioned that it was him.
Is this what it’s supposed to feel like?
I readjusted, sat up a little taller and muted the TV. Why? I have no idea, because the movement I was feeling had absolutely nothing to do with what I was hearing, but in the same way we quiet our car stereos in a rainstorm, I did it anyway.
The second time I felt the wave and the jab (in almost the same spot as before) I knew it was him and by the third, I was in tears. This welcomed, internal assault lasted less than a minute total and then he was gone, swimming elsewhere in mom’s uterus.
I sat in bed for another twenty minutes, texting my husband, my mom, my friends, (HE MOVED!!!) as my other hand waited patiently on my abdomen, but my little boxer did not return for round two. As much as I would have loved for him to, it’s normal for these movements to be extremely infrequent at this stage of pregnancy.
When should I expect to feel the baby move?
Dr. Brina Maldonado of Spring OB-GYN advised that first time pregnancies typically can be felt around twenty weeks and that non-first time pregnancies are often felt sooner. In addition, she noted that it’s around this time that people will begin to notice you’re pregnant – although I’m sure you’ve felt like you’re showing much sooner.
So how often will you feel baby?
According to the parenting site, Bounty, “Every single baby is different, which means there’s no set number of kicks you should be feeling. In fact, baby’s movements can vary from 4 to over 100 every hour. Importantly, it’s more about knowing what’s normal for your little one.”
Haven’t felt your mini yet?
That’s okay! It’s common to not feel a thing until sometime between weeks 14 and 26 with a high percentage of women falling in the 18 to 22 week range. Be patient (easier said than done) and get ready. Once baby starts, I can promise you, they only get busier from here!
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