After the first months of pregnancy, that first kick from your baby for many is a wonderful reminder of the life growing inside. It is really exciting for partners, for the first time they may actually be able to feel their baby girl or boy. When the first kick comes varies in each pregnancy and, if this is your first pregnancy, you may not feel your baby until after 20 weeks. If you haven’t felt movements by 24 weeks you should contact your maternity unit who will check baby’s heartbeat.
“Is that butterflies in my tummy?” Your first few tell-tale signs that your baby is having a wriggle inside may be just slight feelings of fluttering and you may be left wondering, “Was it?’, “Wasn’t it?. However, before long you will have no doubt that a tiny person is doing a Highland Jig inside you as you start to feel firmer kicks.
A healthy baby will move around as they strengthen their muscles in readiness for life on the outside and, although there will be periods of rest you will soon get used to how your baby moves. It is not necessary for you to count how often you feel your baby but if you notice changes to the activity you must contact your midwife - just to get checked over.
If you have had a busy day and are just a little unsure it is fine to have a short lie down, on your left hand side, and spend some time focusing on your baby. You could have a cold drink and / or a snack but if you still do not feel movements or are not reassured give your midwife a call.