Baby kicks are undoubtedly one of the most thrilling experiences of pregnancy. You might be able to see its acrobatics if you have got an ultrasound done.
When will my baby start kicking?
You will experience your baby kicking during 16 to 25 weeks of your pregnancy. In case of first time moms, you may not be able to feel your baby move until closer to 25 weeks. But by the second pregnancy, some women start to feel movements as early as 13 weeks.
At first, you may notice that the kicks are few but there will be several movements one day after another. Even though your baby is moving, some of its actions are not strong enough for you to notice them.
Why does the baby kick?
Between 15 and 20 weeks your baby will be more than double in size and its nervous system will mature. The nerves of the baby will connect its brain with rest of the body, travelling from the brain to the brain stem and down the spine where it will begin to extend in its torso and limbs. In between all this, the movements will become actively prominent.
The skeleton of your baby will be changing too. Due to this the sensory development will be taking place in your baby’s body. Your baby’s brain will now be able to sense the environment around it and your baby will be designating special areas for smell, taste, hearing, sight and touch.
At this stage your baby might be able to listen to your heart beat or your voice. So make sure you are speaking or singing to your baby. You will start experiencing the most exciting part about your pregnancy during the 18th week that is when your baby will make movements. The baby’s flexing arms and legs may flutter at first and will become stronger at later stages.
The average number of kicks range about 15-20 per day and this includes the movements and not just kicking your bladder. It also completely depends from baby to baby. Some sleep and move at night whereas others move all the time. Babies rest and sleep for 17 hours a day, and move the rest of the time so if you are busy doing something then you might not feel the kicks which is completely normal.
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