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A lot depends on the babe, your uterus, and on your placental location.
Some babes are really active and like to kick and roll and walk and do all sorts of wiggly things. Others are more laid back and happy to have mama's activity lull them to sleep. Plus a bigger babe can sometimes pack a bigger wiggle than a smaller babe, so your individual babe's growth makes a difference.
In terms of the uterus, a tipped uterus might mean you have less sensation. A "lived in" uterus (mama has already had a babe) offers more room and since things are a bit looser in there the babe has more room to stretch, meaning you might have more sensation.
And if you have an anterior placenta (the placenta is in the front) then you may not feel as much movement until much later in the pregnancy since the placenta acts as a cushy layer between you and the babe. I had an anterior placenta with dd2 (it's more common to have this if you've had a c/s or other uterine scarring in the past) and I knew exactly where the edges of the placenta were!
Me personally, with the babe, I'm almost always getting a wiggle show in the early morning and early/mid evenings. In the last week I've started feeling things pretty constantly during the day... a jab here, a roll there... with maybe a few quiet hours in between each show. I'm about 24.5 weeks and this is babe number three.
Also, while it's always ok to call your provider, many times they will ask if you've done a kick count. Drink some juice, lay on your left side, and if there aren't 10 movements within 2 hours call your provider. However, it's usually best to do a kick count at the same time during the day so you have a good feel for whether your babe is actually having a slow day or not.