Normal Baby Movement During Pregnancy

How often should you feel your growing baby move? Experts explain where and when you'll feel pregnancy baby movement.

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In the beginning, your baby's movement will be erratic, so don’t sweat it if you go for long stretches without remembering there’s a little person-to-be doing flips inside you.

But around the beginning of your third trimester, at week 28 of pregnancy, your baby’s movements will become more regular and your doctor will ask you to be on the lookout for a decrease in movement. “Every provider tells their patients something a little bit different,” says Jennifer Keller, M.D., assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. “Some tell them to look for about 10 movements per day, some say ‘pick an hour, concentrate on the baby and look for three or four movements in that hour.’” Consult with your doctor for specific instructions.

Baby movement in the vaginal area

It's common for women to experience sensations of fetal movements low down often giving the perception of being vaginal when actually it is sensations from the cervix being hit or kicked, explains Marra Francis, M.D., an Ob-Gyn in Texas. Women whose babies are breech (feet first) will have many more of these feelings than women whose babies are vertex (head first).