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When did you first feel baby move and how would you describe it?

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lilfaithers Posted: 02-04-2012 9:17 AM

I know I'm only 14 weeks, so most people say it's too early for a first time mom to feel her baby move, but I really think I have been!  I'm just curious as to when other people first noticed their baby moving and how they would describe it.  Assuming what I feel is actually the baby, it feels like it would if you had a bug crawling on your arm.  Kind of like a tickle feeling.

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aprilFool1208 replied on 02-04-2012 10:29 AM

You could be feeling baby, although it's true most first time moms don't feel it until 18+ weeks if not much later.  You'd feel it pretty low down in your abdomen, since your uterus isn't too big still.  With DS I first felt him around 16 weeks, and then it was only little flutterings - like a butterfly flying around.  This time around I started feeling her at 10 weeks, and it was more like a fish swimming. :)

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Britta replied on 02-04-2012 10:39 AM

My experience with both pregnancies is almost exactly like AprilFool's! However, my doctor always says that if you are smaller/skinnier it's entirely possible to feel movement earlier than what everything says. Or if you are super in touch with your body! I also feel like even if it's not really the baby moving, there's no harm in imagining it is, if everything is going well in the pregnancy! Enjoy the movements! They are my favorite part Smile

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jessicabe replied on 02-04-2012 11:56 AM

I'm 13 weeks with my second and just got an ultrasound, so I know exactly where the baby is positioned. Now that I know I think I might be feeling a little bumping once in awhile. But, last time with my first it was 20 weeks before I felt anything.Oh, and I'm a very thin and slim, so I would expect I would feel things earlier then some.

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Mrs_FitChick replied on 02-04-2012 7:46 PM

I noticed at 16 weeks... felt like a little bump. Once I realized it was him, I think I felt it earlier on, but didn't pay attention to it.

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bunniekrissy replied on 02-04-2012 8:11 PM

I felt bubbles or vibrating very low down around 15 or 16 weeks, very light "tapping" at 18 weeks, and definitive kicks at 20 weeks.

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ncswife replied on 02-05-2012 12:53 PM

I felt my first around 17 weeks. It felt just like a little fish swimming around inside. Most women don't usually feel the baby till around 18 weeks or so, but there definitely are some that feel them a lot sooner. You could be! Enjoy it. I thought it was the best part of pregnancy! :)

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tinychucks replied on 02-05-2012 2:08 PM

I'm a first timer and felt the baby at 15 weeks.  It felt like my stomach (though, lower than that!) did a little flip.  A week later I felt a strong vibration (like someone tiny was doing jumping jacks).  I was getting a massage at the time and my massage therapist could see my belly vibrating!  Since then I've felt occasional flips and flutters, mostly when I am really relaxed.  I am 18weeks, 6 days today.

I find the suggestion that women who feel their babies before 18-20 weeks are imagining it, or mistaking it for gas to be a little offensive.  Really?  I'm 33 years old and I can't tell the difference between GAS and a tiny BEING inside my body moving?!  You know what you know.  Don't let anyone talk you out of it.

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missmagoo replied on 02-05-2012 8:49 PM

The first movements that I felt at around 14 weeks were tapping (like morse code on the inside).  However, it wasn't until about 16 weeks that I could look back and say with certainty that what I was feeling was indeed the baby and not gas.   I didn't feel the fluttery/rolling movements that you hear people talk about until about 18 weeks.  

In the beginning I thought it was so funny that anyone would describe it like a butterfly or a fish because all I was feeling were taps, jabs, and bumps.  Now I get the whole butterfly thing because when they roll over it is a really weird feeling.  

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1fitmama replied on 02-05-2012 9:08 PM

14.5 weeks with both of mine....with DD, I actually also felt her from the outside at the same time.  I was laying back on my bed, talking on the phone to DH who was on a business trip, and had my hand on my tummy down low.  All of a sudden I felt a tap, followed by 2 more on the inside and outside.  I squealed and told DH what happened...very cool.  I definitely feel like it is a totally different feeling than gas....

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Michelle763 replied on 02-06-2012 8:07 AM

I'm a first time mommy, but I felt it at 16 weeks (which is early).  I was "normal" in weight before I got pregnant, but I'm short (5'2") so I don't know if having little room in my mid-section made me feel it earlier?  Of course, every woman and every pregnancy is different, so some of us just get to feel it sooner!  The first few days I felt it, I wasn't sure it was the baby, so I took notes about what I felt.  It was like bubbles or a slight vibration feeling right above my pelvis.  I confirmed with the doctor and u/s a few days later because what I felt corresponded with the baby moving on the u/s.  I think a bug crawling feeling could definitely be the baby, especially if you feel that same feeling at different times.  I think instinct and intuition come into play a lot too - you know your body best.

It only gets better, too - it comes more frequently as weeks pass, and you will start to feel definite arms/leggings jabbing at you.  I LOVE it - it is so incredibly awesome to feel my little one in there!!!  Let me tell you, too, that I had a two time periods where I didn't feel anything for several days (weeks 18 and 20-something).  Like any obsessive new mommy, I got a little scared something was wrong.  I want you to know that when you feel it early, there may be days and days where you don't feel anything - that is NORMAL!  My doctor said until I'm 28 weeks, it may come and go.  

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