Dr Reshma Reddy

How Does Fetal Movement Feel Like?​

Catagory: Gynaecology  Author: Dr E Reshma Reddy


A pregnant woman’s greatest thrill throughout pregnancy is to feel the baby move. The relationship with the infant is further strengthened by it.
Women report feeling a distinct kick, flutter, swish, or roll during fetal movements.

When will the baby start moving?

Between 18 and 20 weeks of pregnancy, the mother notices movement for the first time. Women who are expecting for the first time may not feel movement until far over 20 weeks, while those who have previously given birth may feel fetal movements as early as 16 weeks in future pregnancies.
For a few weeks, a woman won’t be able to feel the movements of the fetus. If someone is looking for fetal movement from the outside, they are likely to observe them much less frequently, unless they are trained medical professionals.

The movements of fetuses vary depending on the time of day. They do not move throughout their slumber, which typically lasts between 20 and 40 minutes.

According to the study Trusted Source, fetuses move the most in the afternoon and evening. There have also been reports of mothers seeing a sudden uptick in baby movement in the evening.

Fetal movements give a hint as to how healthy the musculoskeletal and central nervous systems are. The typical fetus has periods of rest and sleeps as well as activity and physical mobility.

Until the 32nd week of pregnancy, there is a tendency for the number of spontaneous movements to rise. The frequency of fetal movements plateaus from this point on until labour begins, although as pregnancy progresses in the third trimester, the kind of fetal movement may vary. The frequency of fetal movements does not decrease in the late third trimester.

When will the baby start moving around more?

According to some research, women are more likely to notice fetal movements while they are lying down than when they are sitting or standing.

When should I worry about fetus or infant movement?

Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use that is sedating are linked to a reduction in fetal activity.
Women are urged to pay attention to their baby’s distinctive movement pattern. They are recommended to lie on their left side and concentrate on foetal movements for two hours if they ever feel that the motions are diminished or nonexistent. They should call their doctor if they don’t experience 10 or more distinct movements in two hours.

What will my doctor do if fetal movement is reduced?

The doctor will often perform a thorough evaluation and may also capture the fetal heart sounds using a device known as the NST. In specific circumstances, a doctor may need to do an ultrasound Doppler examination to evaluate the blood flow to the fetus. Depending on the gestational time and other factors, the doctor will take the proper step if the foetal health is compromised in any way.
Enjoy the baby’s flutter in your womb since it is the greatest delight of life itself.