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5 Must Know Facts When Baby Starts Kicking

Ridhi Doomra
Pregnancy

Created by Ridhi Doomra
Updated on Mar 13, 2019

5 Must Know Facts When Baby Starts Kicking

For a pregnant woman, it’s a special feeling to experience the baby kicking. While it definitely indicates that your child has reached a new milestone, it also indicates that your journey has reached a new level. For most of the new parents, its a moment of anxiety and curiosity and they really want to decipher the scientific part of it. What is important to understand is that these kicks often are associated with the symptoms which determine the health of the fetus inside the mother's womb. Also, some times as first-time mothers we also confuse between cramping and bowel movements with kicks.

Facts Around Baby Kicking During Pregnancy

  • Kicks Indicate Good Development & Health: A healthy baby kicks between 15 to 20 times a day. Reduced fetal movements can be concerning because it might mean that the foetus is not getting sufficient nutrition or oxygen. Immediately see the doctor.  
    • ParentuneTip: Reduced kicks might not always indicate trouble. Sometimes babies also rest as long as 40 to 50 minutes. Also after the 36th week of pregnancy, there might be reduced foetal movement, due to less availability of space. Hence don't panic and consult your doctor. 
  • All Movements Aren't Kicking: Not all movements you feel is kicking. Babies spend plenty of time moving their hands and exploring the uterus, changing sides, hiccuping etc. Babies are busy you know! Hence try and not confuse cramps and bowel movements with kicks. [Also Read: Is It Safe To Take Lexapro During pregnancy?]
  • The kicks are more in response to your environment: Usually, babies will kick more after a meal. Within the womb, they try to stretch their limbs to relax or move, and hence you feel the kicking. A baby might also move or kick in response to external stimuli like sound, light or even food you’re eating.
  • Babies Start Kicking as Early as 9 weeks: Kicking that starts after nine weeks is only picked up by an ultrasound; a mother can sense movement after 18 to 19 weeks.
  • Babies kick when you sleep on the left side: When an expecting mother lies on her left, it boosts the blood supply to the fetus. As a result, there is an improvement in the baby’s movements, and you experience an increase in kicking.

 

We know there’s no better feeling than the movement of life inside you! What happened when you felt your baby kick for the first time? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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| Oct 14, 2019

Hi I have 16 week, how to take care. Online happy wheels game.

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| Oct 08, 2019

Hi I have 33 week, how to take care.

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| Sep 02, 2019

Meri 20week 5days chal raha baby movement pata nahi chal raha hai kya kar

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| Aug 08, 2019

thank u

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| Aug 01, 2019

Today my 8th month started alhamdulillah. N it was so much kicking on three sides at a time in the womb. N it was like nearly pain n scream like my belly burst. So fast it was good n very good feelings but it was so pain in front side.

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| Aug 01, 2019

very informative 😊

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| Jul 14, 2019

is app MN koi reply he NH krta... why???

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| Jul 12, 2019

hi ..I am 16 weeks and 1day pregnant.. still no kicking or movements of my baby.. plz guide me

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| Jul 03, 2019

plz suggest me how can I pregnant ???

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| Jul 03, 2019

i am 31 week pregnant my baby weight is 1. 25. i am unable to eat and drink anything please suggest me how to increase my appetite and baby weight

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| Jul 03, 2019

how to get pregnant it has been 5 years of wedding

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| Jul 02, 2019

hello

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| Jul 02, 2019

em 4 month pregnant bt serve vomiting i cant eat nd drink any thing wht should i do ?

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| Jul 02, 2019

i m 32weeks pregnant how do i prepare for delivery

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| Jun 30, 2019

hello

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| Jun 30, 2019

i m continuing with 3rd month of my pregnancy.. n anxiously waiting to kicks of my baby n see my baby soon... :)

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| Jun 28, 2019

hiiii i have many issues. i have one baby she is 8 years old two miscarriages and one fibroid c section. now I'm 3rd months pregnant. im very worried about my pregnancy

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| Jun 26, 2019

I am not identifying the moments of baby even now I get 6 month...

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| Jun 26, 2019

my 7th months has complted now i confuse how i keep my baby fit and what should be the necessry food that must be used now time

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| May 18, 2019

that was amazing

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| Apr 18, 2019

22weeks6days pregnancy but I can't feel kick

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| Apr 15, 2019

m 8months pregnant n i feel movement whole night but not kicks its rolling m confused is it oky if its happening

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| Apr 11, 2019

I am 21week pregnant but still I don't feel any movement of my baby😔

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| Apr 09, 2019

I'm 20 weeks twin pregnancy but Don't feel baby's kicking yet... why it’s happen to me???

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| Mar 28, 2019

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| Mar 18, 2019

thanks

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| Mar 18, 2019

thanks

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| Mar 15, 2019

We would start feeling the kicks at 5th month onwards..

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| Nov 12, 2018

the kicks are just amazing, i become worried if an hour pass with out the kicks inside me:(...

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| Aug 31, 2018

I feel greatness about motherhood only after feeling kicks. Thsnks for your information

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| Apr 10, 2018

when i exepect baby movements ..

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| Apr 10, 2018

very useful information for pregnant ladies.

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| Apr 09, 2018

it's just amazing can't express through words.

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| Mar 06, 2018

it was like ...really ??? awsum feeling or you can say the best feeling in the world when someone inside you kicks and makes his or her presence

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| Mar 06, 2018

it's an awesome feeling... I can't explain in words... love u baby... mamma enjoys your kick..

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| Oct 16, 2017

I was scared when I felt baby's kick while sleeping on left side.... I thought it might be hurting him/her.... anyways thanks for the information...

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| Jul 27, 2017

it's a wonderful feeling. I'm excited to meet my baby.

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| Jul 24, 2017

Such a wonderfully honest blog. Thank for shearing ...

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| Jul 22, 2017

Hi it's really amazing experience for expecting mom ....I daily enjoying with my coming baby,my baby kick's me lot and it moving ...when it start to move know that time I get laughed..... this is really a very happiest journey in every women life..... I am very curious and waiting for my baby come out... I love my baby lotttttttt.

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| Jul 18, 2017

hi Mommies I m 32 week pregnant n my doc suggested betnesol injection 3vial make one injection n suggest two days in 24hours.. is anyone taken this.. ? any side effects and anything harmful to baby.. please let me know. I m worried

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| Jul 17, 2017

Hi How can I differentiate between kicks or punching or hiccups?

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| Jul 13, 2017

Hello Mike 7 Mon start h 15july ko mera baby bahout Jada hiljul karts h Jaise ptake chalte hu tha tha aise awaz aati h

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| Jul 08, 2017

hai thanks for nice information about baby kicks

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| Jun 22, 2017

hey Archana.. Hiccups are like more rhythmic and regular then the normal movements. if something like a pause of a seconds is hiccups. Enjoy ur pregnancy :-) best wishes to all expecting mom's.

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| Jun 22, 2017

I just Love love love this feeling.. Can't express much in words.. first time I felt movement around 19th week on 3rd May and it has noticeably increased since few days.. Looking forward to more communication with My Baby

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| Jun 22, 2017

Hi, I usually sleep on my rite side or straight ... and baby kicks or move... Is it OK naa?? Or it is compulsory that we must sleep only our left for babies movement and blood supplies? please tell me

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| Jun 05, 2017

I M 21 week pregnant and m not able to differentiate between hiccups and kicks. can anyone plz share their experience with me.

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| May 08, 2017

Hello Thanks for such value able information really helpful the moment when baby's movement tht is really amazing and emotional time it give immense pleasure to the mother so the Happiness moment In pregnancy.

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| May 06, 2017

I have just started feeling movements since last 3-4 days and the feeling is amazing

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| Apr 20, 2017

it really a very good moment to feel the baby movements .In the initial stage of my second trimester I didn't even know about it even my doctor asked whether I m experiencing any movement or not . this question worried me a bit as I don't know about the baby movements but later on when I read the comments of other here .I start recognising the baby movements .I really it is a wonderful experience to feel the movement specially in the night .

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| Apr 20, 2017

I'm in my 19th week ,i havent felt any movement yet, though when I touch my tummy here n there I can feel the heart beat, but how exactly is the symptom of kick or feeling of movement can u guide me, as it's my 1st I have no idea.

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| Apr 05, 2017

i m in 25 th week of pregncy.. i m in a habit of sleeping on my left side nd i feel the kicks more rapid at night.. sumtimes the belly itslf shows buttrfly lik movemnt whn i lie straight..... grt exprnc

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| Apr 04, 2017

Thank you for this very nice tips you just shared. It really helps especially that I'm new at this mom thing. its very useful tips.... nice one is here.. www. momcuddle. com

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| Mar 31, 2017

It felt like my baby wants to tell me " Knock-2 , Iam inside"

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| Mar 31, 2017

I felt it first time when I was returned back from my home town to my husband's place

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| Mar 30, 2017

I felt a movement within me yesterday. when I felt hungry I felt a vibration.

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| Mar 28, 2017

It's really Helpful Information Thanks

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| Mar 28, 2017

I had been waiting to feel the kick... it happened one day after dinner and it was awesome!!

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| Mar 28, 2017

is it necessary to sleep at left side.

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| Mar 28, 2017

thnx.. dat information is actually intersting

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