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15 weeks

Q&A: When Will I Feel Baby Kick?

I’m 16 weeks pregnant and can’t wait to feel my baby’s kicks! Will I be able to soon?

Yes! Those first flutters should be coming your way within the next few weeks — usually between 16 and 22 weeks for first-time moms. They won’t feel like real kicks or jabs just yet, since baby still has plenty of room to move around. Early movements are very gentle and subtle. You may only notice them if you are sitting or lying quietly. They’re also harder to discern if you’re overweight or your placenta is anterior (on the front of your uterus, near the stomach). Plus, these early kicks can be infrequent. You might feel something tomorrow and then nothing for a few days. By the time you hit your third trimester, baby’s moves may be more predictable. And guess what? He’ll usually be most active right when you’re trying to go to sleep!

By Paula Kashtan