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<p>So I'm pretty sure that I've been feeling movement for awhile now (I know, early, but I'm pretty sure that's what it's been). Just a few days ago, I felt actual kicks for the first time! Since then, I have felt them every day, but not always in the same spot. They're at the same height, if that makes sense, but sometimes they're more to the left, right, or centered. </p>
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<p>So my questions...at this point, how often should I be feeling these kicks? As of now, I may feel a group of them 1-3 times a day. Surely my baby is moving more often than that, so why might I not feel the kicks sometimes? When should I expect them to become more regular?</p>
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<p>Also, how long after feeling kicks should I expect DH to feel them? Because I'm pretty sure a few of the stronger ones could already be felt on the outside, but they're so hard to catch!</p>
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<p>Thanks!</p>
 

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<p>You're about 18 weeks? And this is your first right? I started feeling little patters at about 12 weeks, so 18 weeks for your first isn't unusually early. I wouldn't depend on feeling any regular movement for at least another 2-4 weeks, if it's your first. DH still can't feel the movement yet but I can from the outside. Anyway, I wouldn't worry about it...some of the reasons you might not feel baby one day and feel him the next is that he's changed positions. There's still lots of room in there to flip about!</p>
 
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<p>If I recall right, you won't feel regular movement til 20 some odd weeks or so. Or that's what I recall it being with DS. I'm 18 weeks with my second and still there's times I don't feel it much at all and other times I feel it more, but nothing regular (other than the peak movement times 9-1 mostly)</p>
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<p>A lot of it depends on both your and the LO's positioning, I think.</p>
 

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<p>I started feeling movement with my first about 18 weeks, and regular movement around 22 weeks...With this one, my second, I started feeling what I was sure was baby at about 11-12 weeks, and now at 16 weeks I feel them everyday, a handful, of times a day, especially at night when going to sleep. </p>
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<p>If you are feeling decent movement, about once a day at 18 weeks with your first, then you are doing great! You will probably feel really regular movement at 20-22 weeks. My husband can't feel outside movement yet either, so I know he will later on...I think it was 25-26 weeks with my first.,,but he wasn't trying everyday. </p>
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<p>My midwife said that I should start counting kicks at 30 weeks, so that is a long way off still!</p>
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<p>Good luck :)</p>
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i didn't notice movements till about 20 wks with my 1st though everyone is different so is possible can't remember when i started feeling movement from the outside though i haven't yet with this one
 

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<p>Can I hijack this thread to ask what it feels like? I think I've been feeling movement now for a week or two (I'm 19 weeks today). But I keep thinking- oh that must be my lunch or something funny in there. I don't feel anything like I would guess a sharp kick would feel. Just this weird flutter/squishy kinda thing that lasts like a second or so. Is that something? Sorry for the weird question but this is my first babe. :)</p>
 

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<p>@ Partaria....At this point (21 weeks tomorrow), to me it doesn't feel at all like sharp kicks...more like soft little bumps.  Sometimes just one, sometimes a few in a row.  It sounds like you are still in the flutter stage - kinda like a little fish flopping in there for just a second.  I would say yup, you are feeling baby :)  Not sure if you have had a mid-point ultrasound yet, but something they pointed out to me the other day is that bony parts appear white - there were lots of little strips of white, but not all the bones are white yet, they are still not hardened up or whatever, I guess.  As an ultrasound tech said to me with my first guy - their little legs are still a bit like spaghetti at this point :p</p>
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<p>As for how often - I am feeling it pretty regularly now, but even a week ago it was more intermittent.  And so much depends on position - if baby rolls to face your back, it's a lot harder to feel those little nudges.  Feeling from the outside is so variable...with #1 it was quite a while (25ish weeks?) before DH felt baby; with #2 it happened at only 17 or 18 weeks (busy baby!), and this time, even I can't feel movement from the outside when I am feeling it on the inside, so it will be a while yet before DH can detect it.</p>
 

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<p>I just turned 20weeks and in the last few days I went from intermittent thumps and flutters to real kicks.  With my first DD, I don't remember even feeling the kicks until about 20+ weeks and with DD2, probably around week 18/19.  As bluepetals said, a lot depends on babies position.  I have an anterior placenta and I feel the kicks either on the side or down low but not right out in front.  I'm sure once the baby is bigger I'll be feeling them all over as will you.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Partaria</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283154/questions-about-movement#post_16128987"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Can I hijack this thread to ask what it feels like? I think I've been feeling movement now for a week or two (I'm 19 weeks today). But I keep thinking- oh that must be my lunch or something funny in there. I don't feel anything like I would guess a sharp kick would feel. Just this weird flutter/squishy kinda thing that lasts like a second or so. Is that something? Sorry for the weird question but this is my first babe. :)</p>
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<br><br><p>I am 17 weeks and haven't felt anything yet but with my other babies it was like flutters at first. Definitely different than gas but when you try to explain it to people it sounds exactly like gas.</p>
 

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<p>Oh man, since I last posted this movement has really increased. And three nights in a row (yes 3!) DH and I could feel the baby moving from the outside...</p>
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<p>Is that even possible at 20 weeks? Seems too early for him to be able to put his hand on my belly and feel a soft little nudge.</p>
 

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<p>DH just felt a few kicks last night at 20 wks. I'm still not feeling as much movement as I would like, but I'm just a worrier :(</p>
 

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<p>I just had a Dr appointment a couple weeks ago and my Dr mentioned the answer to this actually. I started feeling flutters at 14-15 weeks. I was 16 weeks at my appointment. This is my second baby.  I was 17-18 weeks with my first baby. With a first baby 18-22 weeks are about norm to start feeling first movement and flutters. The Dr told me that I will gradually feel more as the weeks go on. But not until several more weeks will I need to worry about regular movement. He said some days you may feel nothing at all and other days lots of activity. He was exactly right. Just this week 18 weeks, has the baby movements turned into little kicks, more like bumps and I can feel wiggling around sometimes. But like today I haven't felt much all morning or afternoon. Evenings are the most common times I feel the baby. But I have felt all times of the day. Just depends on the day.</p>
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<p>I think once you get to 22-23 weeks is when to start paying attention a bit more to movement, that is just my estimate. But for right now don't expect daily flutters/movement, and that is perfectly normal. The baby is only 6 inches right now about about 8 ounces at 18 weeks so still small. But over the coming weeks and on will start gaining some weight :)</p>
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<p>Hope that helps.</p>
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