There are few things in life more exciting than feeling your baby’s first kicks. And yet, despite this, many first time mothers find themselves asking a variety of questions: at what point in my pregnancy start I noticing my baby’s movements? What will they feel like? How often should my baby be moving in a day?

In this week’s article, we explore some of the most commonly asked questions by first time mothers. Take a look.

When should I expect to feel the first movements?

If this is your first pregnancy, you might have trouble recognising your baby’s movements at first. Quite often, women might mistake those early movements for something else, or don’t notice them all. Either way, however, you should start noticing your baby’s movements between 16 to 24 weeks in.

What will my baby’s movements feel like?

In the beginning, as mentioned above, you might mistake your baby’s first movements for hunger groans or gas. As time goes on, however, you’ll begin to notice your baby’s movements with regularity. During these early months, many women report experiencing feelings similar to butterflies fluttering, or popcorn popping, which will eventually develop into what feel like kicks and pushing.

How often will I feel my baby’s movements?

When it comes to your baby’s movements, nothing is written in stone. You shouldn't expect to feel a certain number of movements per day.

As your baby grows, and you get closer to your due date, you will begin to notice a certain pattern or routine to your baby’s movements. These will usually coincide with the hours your baby is awake and the hours she is asleep, which will begin to follow a familiar pattern.

If you notice a significant change in this pattern, or are concerned that you haven’t felt your baby’s movements in some time, get in touch with your midwife or doctor to discuss your concerns.

How does my baby’s mobility progress over time?

As your baby grows and develops, his or her range of movements will also develop. In the beginning, your baby will be capable of simpler movements, but by the final trimester, you will feel her twisting, kicking and pushing in various ways.

At around seven weeks, your baby begins making small movements, such as bending sideways.

At around ten weeks, she can stretch and touch her face.

At around fourteen weeks, she can move her eyes.

At around fifteen weeks, she can suck her thumb.

When should I contact my midwife or doctor?

If you notice a significant decrease in your baby’s movements, or a change in her regular pattern, contact your midwife or doctor immediately. Similarly, if you notice that your baby isn’t responding to external stimuli all a sudden, like noise or music, it’s also a good idea to get in touch with your midwife. For more information on if and when to contact your doctor about your baby’s movements, take a look here: