When can you feel the unborn baby feel move in the uterus?

If the entire pregnancy is 40 weeks, after how many weeks will I be able to feel the baby kick inside my wife's belly?


My wife can feel it now, and is around 18, 19 weeks.


I can feel it now, and it's week 21.


My wife is pregnant again and I felt it in week 19 and my wife in week 17 or so.

asked 08 Feb '10, 12:03

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are you asking when can the mother feel it? or when can someone else feel it?

(08 Feb '10, 12:10) Rich Seller

Actually someone else. Also interesting when the mother can feel it. So: both :-)

(08 Feb '10, 12:15) Fisherman

I started to think I felt the baby moving around 17 weeks. But I wasn't sure it was the baby until about 20 weeks. One of my favourite pregnancy books "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" by Curtis and Schuler says the following may happen as early as 16 weeks:

"Many women describe feelings of movement as a 'gas bubble' or 'fluttering.' Often it's something you have noticed for a few days or more, but you didn't realize what you were feeling. Then you realize you're feeling the baby moving inside you!"

"What to expect when you're expecting" says that mothers feeling the first movement can happen anywhere from weeks 14 to 26 with the average being somewhere between the 18th and 22nd weeks.

It was a few weeks after I felt the first movements before my husband was able to feel the baby too. The kicks are so gentle at first that only mom can feel them. I think he started to feel the baby kicking around 26 weeks. But I'm sure this will vary from women to women.


answered 08 Feb '10, 12:41

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I remember going for my 18 week ultrasound and still had never felt any "fluttering" yet, like the books had said I might have. Exactly a week later I was sitting around and felt a funny sensation- a quick couple of taps in the area where I have only ever felt menstrual cramps before in my life- it was such a cool feeling when I realized what it was! Within days they got a bit more intense and when I was lying in bed, if my husband pressed his hand on the under part of my uterus, he could feel them, too- he said it felt like someone "flicked" him (with their finger) through my skin. So, in my personal experience, we both felt it at about 19 weeks.


answered 08 Feb '10, 13:11

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I'am 12 weeks pregnant and felt my baby move for the first time the other day. It felt like i had butterflies in my stomach but i knew it was my baby.


answered 31 Mar '10, 23:05

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I am 11 weeks and 2 days pregnant with my second child. Ive not had my 1st scan as yet, but for the past week or so I've been having these movements (like gas bubbles) I know its early movement because I went through this with my first child, but a lot later. Look like its true about mothers feeling movement earlier in the 2nd pregnancy. At least I know my baby is active.


answered 02 Feb '11, 23:38

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I felt my babies more earlier after my first too.

(03 Feb '11, 01:20) Neen

It's likely that mom will feel the baby move a few weeks earlier in the second pregnancy than in the first. Or rather, she'll be more aware of what she should be feeling and notice it earlier.


answered 25 Mar '10, 03:01

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I'm 18 weeks and not sure if i've felt my baby move!


answered 13 Dec '10, 22:47

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Iam only 8 weeks and I put my hand on my belly before and felt a hard bit then it moved iam still in shock !

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answered 28 Oct '11, 19:17

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