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When will I start to feel my baby kick?
“Most women in their first pregnancies will start to feel the baby move around 20 weeks,” says Jennifer Keller, M.D., assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. But don’t worry if you hit that milestone and don’t feel anything in your abdomen. “As an ob-gyn, I thought I would feel my own baby moving long before 20 weeks, but I didn’t feel anything until 22 weeks,” she adds. If you’ve been pregnant before, or you live in a ““quiet or rural place,” you may feel kicks as early as 17 to 18 weeks, Dr. Artal says. Additionally, if your placenta attaches in the front of your uterus instead of in the back, it may make it harder to feel movements, particularly early on.
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