Most mums-to-be will start to feel their baby kicking at 18–25 weeks. Most won't notice the baby at all before this time, so for the first three to four months of your pregnancy don't worry if you don't identify anything -- this is completely normal.
Doctors say that when your baby starts to move around they will still be very small and fragile, meaning that sometimes you may simply not feel the movements – especially if you are concentrating hard or putting all your energies into a task. If it is not on your mind, it is likely that when it happens you just don't notice it.
Do not compare baby movements with your pregnant friends and family as all babies have different active levels. Some move early on and often, while other babies start late and don't move much, or do a bit of both! Remember that babies are little humans who are unique with different personalities and will behave completely differently from one another.
Make sure you go to all your ante-natal and doctors check-ups while you are pregnant. If you have any concerns, these can be addressed and dealt with then and there. Such appointments can reassure you that everything is going ok and, even if your baby isn't as active as you expected, scans and check-ups can confirm that everything is still OK.
Keep a diary of your baby's movements, how often they happen and when. If your baby moves more often after you have eaten, make sure you note it down and then your doctor can get a good picture of what your baby is up to. It also means that, if your baby does stop moving suddenly, you will notice earlier and can address the situation quicker than if you weren't keeping an active watch on their activity levels.
If you do feel that your baby has stopped moving do not panic and start worrying straight away, because this could cause unnecessary stress to you and your baby. Doctors and midwives suggest that you eat a small meal and then lie down. If your baby is still not moving as you would expect call your doctor at once, so any problems can be noted and treated as soon as possible.
Remember that, when mothers-to-be cannot feel the baby, the most common reasons are that your baby is just having a lazy day, that they are kicking and you simply can't feel it or that it is too early on in the pregnancy. The main thing is not to worry; instead, ring up for a doctor's appointment, to put your mind at rest.
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