Is it normal to not feel my baby move at 18 weeks pregnant?

Q: Please let me know.

A: Not feeling your baby move at 18 weeks is completely normal. Certain factors make not feeling movement more likely — such as a placenta that is on the anterior surface of the uterus, making the baby essentially have to kick through a pillow; first pregnancies; and fetal position. I tell all my moms not to try and "count" the baby's movements until at least 30 or 31 weeks as they may not be completely regular until that gestational age.

Answered by Dr. Marra Francis

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