Fetal movement is also known as “quickening” and feels like flutters or “gas bubbles” in the beginning. Your baby will start moving at about 7 weeks gestation, but you will often not feel it until 20 to 24 weeks.
In the beginning, you will not feel the movements every day. At about 26 weeks, you should feel movements every day.
The intensity of the “kicks” will be dependent upon the location of your placenta. If it is on the front of your uterus, it will act as a “pillow” and absorb the intensity of the “kicks” so you will feel much less.
Starting at 26 to 28 weeks, your health care provider will often ask you to keep track of the movements. You should expect 10 movements in any given hour of the day. Use the kick counter to help you track your baby’s kicks.
The sensation of the movements will change at the end of your pregnancy due to diminishing space in the uterus, and they will feel more like rolling movements than strong kicks.
Drinking juice, lying on your side, and listening to loud music will often wake your baby up if you are not feeling much movement.
If you still don’t feel much movement after trying the above steps, do contact your health care provider.