Your baby’s movements in the womb are the most reassuring sign to you that your baby is happy and well. The first time you feel your baby move is a very special and magical moment for every mother.

For a first time mum the first movements are usually felt between 18 and 24 weeks

The stage in pregnancy you will feel movement is different for every mother. For a first time mum the first movements are usually felt between 18 and 24 weeks. If you have children already your first movements may be felt a little earlier, between 16 and 24 weeks.

Your baby will develop a pattern of movements that will become very familiar with; you may find that baby becomes active around meal times or when music is played or when you are just about to fall into a deep sleep. Important to remember that babies in the womb will have quiet or rest periods too, like their mums they need rest.

Young pregnant woman relaxing with hands on stomach

Also important to remember that your womb will grow with your baby so they have the same amount of space at 40 weeks as they had at 24 weeks. A lot of women feel that the reason for a reduction in Fetal movements is due to having less room to move but this is a myth!

When it comes to fetal movements a good rule of thumb is that you should feel at least 10 kicks in a 12 hour period. If you are concerned or worried that your baby is not moving or if you feel the pattern of movements has changed contact your maternity unit or Midwife, always air on the side of caution.