When will I feel my baby move?

I'm four months' pregnant. Why can't I feel my baby move?


It depends on where you are in the fourth month. A lot of women don't feel movement until closer to 20 weeks, and some even later than that. The baby's movements are very subtle and infrequent at first. One woman in my childbirth class described what she felt as "little butterfly wings."

Over time both the quality and quantity of the movements change -- instead of feeling tiny little flutters every once in a while, you feel very distinctive pokes and kicks at all hours of the day and night. In the middle of pregnancy, you're probably going to spend hours watching your belly move around and change shape -- it's the best show in town!

For many women, experiencing the baby's movements is one of the most enjoyable aspects of being pregnant. So be patient. Your baby will make himself or herself known very shortly!

Is it bigger than a breadbox? Take the Fetal Growth Quiz.

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