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Why You May Not Feel Baby's Kick

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.


How 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.


Reasons 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.

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Mandy Moore.4 years ago
i could feel the kick only in my 8th month ion both my pregnancies. May be i could not identify the kick or thought it to be something else.
 
 
 
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Kirsten.4 years ago
In my first pregnancy i could only feel the kick in late 8th month and not before that. I was thinking that my baby is not moving much.
 
 
 
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Lucy.4 years ago
interesting article, i remember when i was in my 7th month, i could not feel the kick and was extremely anxious. all bad thoughts were coming to my mind. then i asked my doctor and she cleared my doubts.
 
 
 
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