Feeling your baby for the first time

Feeling your baby for the first time… What does it really feel like?

This is my first pregnancy, I am currently 22 weeks pregnant and I have felt my baby kick since about week 19. When I was waiting for the kicking to start, I was impatient! I couldn’t wait until I was able to feel the life of my baby moving around and exploring the untouched areas of my uterus. So, what is it really like to be feeling your baby for the first time??  

What does the Internet say about how it feels when the baby starts to kick?

Feeling your baby for the first time

I was researching when it is most likely that you can feel your baby move for the first time and I found out that it was supposed to be around week 18 and onwards usually.  

I was researching what it was supposed to feel like when feeling your baby for the first time and found that it was supposed to feel like butterflies, or a flutter  of little bubbles within your lower abdomen. 

I was researching how long it took until the baby kicks could be felt on the outside and be seen- and while I still don’t necessarily have a definitive answer for this yet as I haven’t yet experienced it, I read that it can occur within week 21 onwards so here is hoping! Update: I am now 22 weeks pregnant and I saw the beauty that is my baby moving about within me! Such an amazing feeling and feels so adorable as she tries to make herself more comfortable in there. While there are no feet or hands pushing out in an extra terrestrial fashion just yet, I can see little ripples and teeny tiny bumps when I can feel them now. Its awesome!

I am just so excited to feel every stage of my pregnancy, it is the most incredible journey that a body can go through and I am so beyond proud and happy to be experiencing it.

While I did a tonne of research, I felt like nothing that I read really indicated exactly what it would feel like the first time I felt the baby. Sure its true that in first time pregnancies, women can’t always feel the movements because they don’t know what to be on the look out for, but I was passionately convincing myself that any amount of “bubbly” sensations or fluttering was the baby kicking. 

My experience of feeling baby for the first time…

SO let me explain exactly what it feels like to me, and maybe this will help you to understand if what you are feeling is the baby moving (trust me, you will know when its your baby… you will just know). Remember, this is coming from a first time around Mama to be so if you are in the same boat, it may be a similar experience for you.

Diving on in

So at about 18 weeks, I began feeling a bubbly sensation in my lower tummy, but it admittedly felt a bit like a build of wind- you know the swirling and churning feeling in your stomach that you get right when you are about to release a toot? But the trouble was that no toots ever actually materialised. What I realise now, was that this was serious trapped wind which caused me a week of ultimate discomfort and my craving for sparkling water was not helping matters. Generally speaking, if you feel like you are bubbling away in your stomach, and it turns out to be a panty whisper, or a build up of them, you are probably not feeling the baby kicking.

Asking my Mum

The wonderful thing about having such a wonderful mum is that I can ask her anything and everything, with no shame whatsoever… I can only hope that I have the same relationship with my daughter! So I asked my Mum. Afterall she has been through this 3 times before so theoretically she should know a thing or two about what it feels like and she gave me the most helpful advice ever “You will absolutely know when its your baby moving within you. Don’t quite know how else to explain it, but you will know when it happens”. Honestly? At first, I thought that this was not helpful at all- just a generic response. Seriously though, this woman is onto something. 

You will genuinely just know when you are feeling your baby for the first time- there is no mistaking it

Feeling your baby for the first time

As the old saying goes, Mother knows best. 

When I felt my baby move for the first time, it felt so unusual but nice at the same time. It was an odd sensation that felt a little bit like something within me was jumping about… but I don’t mean that to sound as gross or creepy as it probably did. I felt life within me, and not just my life, but hers. I felt like I was able to connect with her in such a way that was just too beautiful for words and it was like our own little secret since nobody else can feel her on the outside. Without a doubt I felt the baby move and I knew it right then and there. 

It is not a feeling that I have experienced before, but it didn’t feel extremely unfamiliar either because it is somewhat similar to the feeling of wind building up, without a pop.

Once it has started, it will not tend to stop, but it might lessen. I worried instantly 5 days after I initially felt lots of kicks and movement, as I felt a severe decrease in the baby moving, and I began to get round ligament pain which just made every single movement agonizing. I feared the worst so immediately got onto the phone to my midwife who explained that I should not worry about reduced movement until about 23-25 weeks  as long as it doesn’t stop entirely.  This is because at 18 weeks to 23 weeks, the movements can be erratic- the baby is still pretty tiny afterall.

To be honest, it feels a bit like you are developing tiny amounts of wind in your stomach, but it never leads to anything, just a smile upon your face as you realise that yes, you have just felt your first baby movement and you should dance about with her to celebrate!

What did you think it felt like for the first time you felt the baby move? Help other Mums to be to understand!

Feeling your baby for the first time

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