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Old 06-10-2006, 04:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have been feeling these little twinges and pokes lately, and I can't tell if they are just from my uterus growing, my ligaments stretching, or the baby moving. What does it feel like to everyone else when your baby moves, if you have felt it? As a first-time mom I have no idea what it feels like, but I would like to be able to identify what I am feeling now. Thanks!

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I have been feeling these little twinges and pokes lately, and I can't tell if they are just from my uterus growing, my ligaments stretching, or the baby moving. What does it feel like to everyone else when your baby moves, if you have felt it? As a first-time mom I have no idea what it feels like, but I would like to be able to identify what I am feeling now. Thanks!
It's more like a flutter at first, almost like gas bubbles, not actual pokes. And they're down pretty low right now. How far along are you? I've felt movement as early as 14.5 weeks before but usually it's not until later, around 18-20 weeks for most women. You have to really be paying attention to recognize it that early (& the placenta can't be on the front of the uterus) & then see a pattern before you're convinced it's more than just gas.

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Initially it's just the feeling of water in motion. Imagine holding a water balloon between your hands and then a goldfish inside the water balloon moves quickly. You wouldn't feel the fish specifically, but you might feel the ripples in the water caused by the movement.

Later you feel the actual 'flip-floppy' feeling like the goldfish moving. From there it progresses to feeling actual baby body parts in contact with your uterus.

20 ish weeks is pretty common for 1st time mamas, though I know plenty of women who felt those first movements, with their first, at about 15 weeks.

I'm 12 1/2 weeks now with pg. #4 and I've been feeling things for weeks.

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With my first, I felt the pops and flutters that were so much like gas bubbles for a few weeks, and then somewhere between 15-16 weeks the baby kicked me hard enough that I felt her with my hand and it even made my abdomen bulge out a little bit - then I KNEW. Up until then I wasn't really sure.

I'm kind of going through the same thing now. I've felt the flutters and bubbles but am not sure if it's the baby or not. I'll know for sure when I can feel it from the outside!
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To me it feels like a tickle or like spiders crawling around inside your body With Elle I felt a very strong kick when I was 13 weeks but then I didn't feel any kicking again for a few more weeks. I am 14 weeks today and so far I have only felt the tickling a few times but no kicks yet.
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Thanks for your responses, everyone . So, maybe the pokes and twinges I'm feeling aren't the baby, but now I have a better idea what to look for. I think I've felt some of the sensations you're talking about, and all your descriptions make sense. I'm almost 16 weeks, so hopefully I will feel it soon! I'm just so anxious to be able to feel my baby in there! That will probably subside when I am getting strong kicks to the bladder or something , but for now I would love to feel something. Thanks everyone!

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Hi Sarah,

I wanted to say that with my first I started to feel the "fluttering" at 14 weeks or so...then around 20 weeks, I started to feel the pokes.

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With my first, I was sitting in church one morning around 15 weeks. I suddenly felt worms crawling under my skin. That was baby!

Gas can feel very similar, but I tell the difference usually by location. With this preg, I started feeling flutters at 11 weeks, and they were WAAAAAY down low. It happened at the same time that I felt my uterus moving up out of my pelvis. My intestines aren't in that spot, so it was definitely baby. Now I'm 16 weeks, and the flutters are a bit higher. You should be able to feel the top of your fundus when laying down (although it can be tough to find - ask your OB/midwife to show you how if you can't find it). Then you know that any flutters below that point are baby.

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I know it's still so early for me (11 w 2d), but I SWEAR I have been feeling tiny flutters occaisionally! It feels just like last time, so maybe it actually is the baby! I felt it really early last time, too, but not this early!
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