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What is Quickening?

One of the most exciting parts of the second trimester is feeling your baby move. Women, both new and repeat moms-to-be, wait anxiously for the first movements that they feel in their belly, coming from their baby. These first movements are often referred to as quickening.

In actuality, your baby begins wiggling and moving by the 8th or 9th week of pregnancy. However, he is too small for you to feel at this point. However as he gets bigger he starts to kick the walls of your uterus as he moves around. This can happen as early as the 14th week of pregnancy, normally for women in their second pregnancy or beyond, and as late as the 26th week of pregnancy for women who are in their first pregnancy or might be a little overweight.

Quickening is often explained away as gas bubbles, especially by first time moms who aren’t sure what it should feel like. Quickening may also feel like a woman has butterflies in her stomach, flying around, or someone inside, tapping on their uterus. Eventually however the kicks, punches, and elbows will become obvious to even first time moms-to-be, and the movements will start to come with more regularity than they have in the past.

Remember that once you feel the quickening, you will probably be able to feel it everyday, however some days it may not be as often or as strong as others. If you want to get your baby active, it is often suggested that you drink a big glass of orange juice and lay down to wait for your baby to move. When you are up moving around, it often rocks your baby to sleep, so when you stop moving, he is able to wake up and start moving on his own.

If you start to feel what you think is quickening, but has a definite pattern, like a tap every five to ten seconds, it could be that your baby has the hiccups! Hiccups, like the quickening are a sure sign that your baby is growing and is healthy inside your belly.


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Ashlyn
8 years 4 months ago
Im 23 weeks pregnant and I started to feel flutters and little nudges at 9 weeks along. This is my 2nd child but my 6th pregnancy. Now my baby moves ALL DAY LONG AND ALL NIGHT LONG. It is Amazing to feel the baby move around. My Daughter Emmie didnt move this much when I was pregnant with her, and none of the other pregnancies. But I think there might be 2 in there because I feel movements on both sides at the same time and different times and Im so big, but I’ve only gained 3 pounds so far… Read more »
8 years 4 months ago

I’m 28 weeks which every due date on any baby web site is different but anyway,for all the women who feel that quickening feeling it’s real when I was 7-9 weeks I felt the same thing.So don’t let no one tell you any different anyway!! Good luck too every prego moms 2 be.

Jenni
8 years 5 months ago

I am 11w2d and have been feeling movement for 3 days now. This will be my 2nd child but 4th pregnancy.
The main thing I feel is the fluttering. It almost feels like a muscle twitch but moves to different parts of my uterus. It’s a MAGICAL feeling! Since I’ve already had 1 previous successful pregnancy, I know what quickening feels like.

Ashley
8 years 6 months ago

I am almost 15 weeks and started feeling a weird sensation in my tummy last night, I just thought it was gas, then I felt it today in a meeting at work and new it wasn’t gas, what an amazing feeling, can’t wait until the baby really starts telling me that he/she is growing fast in there. 🙂

Megan
8 years 6 months ago

I am in 9th week I believe and I am sure I felt a flutter last night when I was cryiing….Is it toooo early

stephanie
8 years 7 months ago

Im 14.5 wks, it feels like a flutter about once a day for now

La Mom
8 years 10 months ago

I am 12 weeks Prego and i can feel the tapping all over in my belly. Is it possible that the reason i feel it so early because i have more than one in there? I have not had a ultra sound yet. I should be having one soon i was just curious

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