When Will I Feel Baby Kick?

Learn when you'll start to sense baby's movement and what those kicks will feel like.
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ByPaula Kashtan
Updated
Mar 2020

Wondering when you’ll start to feel baby kick? Those first flutters usually begin between 16 and 22 weeks for first-time moms.

They won’t feel like real kicks or jabs just yet, since baby still has plenty of room to move around. Early movements are very gentle and subtle. You may only notice them if you are sitting or lying quietly. They’re also harder to discern if you’re overweight or your placenta is anterior (on the front of your uterus, near the stomach). Plus, these early kicks can be infrequent. You might feel something tomorrow and then nothing for a few days.

By the time you hit your third trimester, baby’s moves may be more predictable. And guess what? Baby will often be most active right when you’re trying to go to sleep!

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