Should I worry at 20 weeks, that I haven't felt the baby move?

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Question: Should I worry at 20 weeks, that I haven't felt the baby move?

Feeling the baby move for the first time, quickening, is excited and worrisome all at once. When you feel it will depend on many factors.

Answer: No, while it's hard not to be concerned there really isn't much to be concerned about. First time moms will usually feel their baby's movements between 18-24 weeks. There are many things that will affect how soon you feel the baby move, including:

  • Your Weight
  • Location of your placenta (Anterior Placentas sometimes prevent
  • How many babies you've had before (Once you've felt it you are more likely to remember and recognize the feeling.)

So, what should you feel? Well, it seems that everyone describes it differently. Some moms describe it as feeling queasy, while others say bubbles or butterflies. You will probably feel the baby and question yourself about what you've felt. Don't despair, your little one will soon make his or her presence very known. If you are really concerned talk to your practitioner.

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