Most women feel their babies move for the first time between 16 and 24 weeks. You’ll probably start by feeling some flutters and then they’ll develop into more decisive kicks as the baby grows, which is when others are more likely to be able to feel kicks too.
If you have an anterior placenta, which means that your placenta has implanted at the front of your belly rather than at the back near your spine, you’ll probably find it more difficult to feel baby moving. It’s kind of like your baby is punching a pillow, so it’ll be much harder to feel the punches!
Your baby’s movements are a useful way to keep track of how your pregnancy is going. But there’s no right amount of movement. What’s important is what feels normal to you, and to keep an eye out (or a tummy out?) for anything that feels different to that normal.
If you feel like your baby has made fewer movements than usual or has stopped moving, you can try and get your little one moving again by sitting down and drinking a cold glass of water. But don’t wait. If something doesn’t feel right, contact your midwife, doctor or hospital straight away.