If this is your second or third child, you may already recognize the familiar sensation of your baby's body flexing in your womb. For moms in their debut pregnancy with somewhat less stretchy accommodations, the first movements — known as quickening — may not be felt quite as early. By week nineteen, most women have felt that distinctive first flutter.
So what does it feel like? Record what those first baby movements felt like for you.
Once your baby starts moving regularly, the sensation becomes second nature. When you begin to feel your baby moving regularly, try to record how many movements you feel within a few hours to get an idea of your baby's average number of movements per hour.
On average, you should feel four or more movements each hour from your passenger. Three or fewer movements or a sudden decrease in fetal activity could be a sign of fetal distress, so if you notice either, call your provider as soon as possible to follow up.