Kicking of the baby or quickening may sometimes
be felt early and sometimes late in pregnancy. Find out the reasons why you may
not feel the kick.
Pregnancy is indeed a very anxious stage
for any woman. Especially, if this your first time, it is quite possible to be
worried and confused with the waves of advices and myths surrounding pregnancy,
on what you should expect to feel at a certain stage and how dangerous it is,
if you are not feeling so. Many new mothers are thus found to be easily bothered
when they do feel the kicks of the baby. It is not a cause of concern as there
is a definite time when you should be feeling the kick and you may start to
worry a little too early.
Is the Feeling of Kicking Like?
It depends on how you describe the
feeling. Many pregnant
women describe this feeling as flutters
of a butterfly, a tumbling sensation or nervous twitch and so on. As a first
time mother it is quite possible that you are not able to distinguish this
quickening in the first place.
Why You May Not Feel the Kick?
As mentioned, you may miss the feeling
if you are first time mother as you will not be able to notice it in the first
place. However, there can be a miss if you are engaged in some activity and
your entire concentration is on that activity, you may just miss the feeling of
the first flutter. So the fact is that you might simply fail to notice it when
it actually occurs.
Each baby has different levels of
activity. So it might be natural for your baby to take a little time to get
active. Some might move early and often, while some may begin to move late and
not as much. It is as simple as like different humans behave differently due to
their unique personalities, so is the case with unborn babies.
When Is the Kicking Experienced?
The kicking of the baby is called quickening
and it is experienced when the mother is between her 16th to 25th week
of her pregnancy. This is exactly where the confusion arises. Many women get
worried when they do not feel the kick after they are into the 16th
week of pregnancy. But it is completely natural that you do not feel the kick
until after the 25th week. Again if you are in your second or
subsequent pregnancy, this quickening might be experienced as early as the 13th
week. The kick is perfectly felt when you are quietly sitting or lying down.
Finally, remember that the antenatal
appointments are not missed. All
your issues and worries can be answered only through an examination and your
worries set to rest. It is surely one of the most exciting moments of the
journey of your pregnancy when you get to experience the tiny kick of the
little life growing inside your womb.
The tiny flutters
that you get to feel give you perhaps the happiest feeling on earth. It is a
sign of reassurance that your baby is developing well and soon it will be ready
for life outside your womb. So take note that you are not rushing in believing that
something is wrong if you are not feeling the kick. Check with your doctor for
an examination that everything is right, for getting anxious is bad for a mum
to be and besides often it is found that either you are expecting the
experience of a kick too early, or the baby is taking a week or two more to
make you feel the first movement, which is also completely natural.