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When Will I Feel My Baby Move?

One of the most exciting aspects of pregnancy is feeling your baby move for the first time, which is known as “quickening.” At first, these movements may feel like flutters or even gas; as your pregnancy progresses, however, you’ll be able to feel your baby stretching, rolling and kicking. According to Dr. Erika Nichelson, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, you should start feeling your baby’s movements around the fifth month of pregnancy, although it may happen earlier. “This typically occurs around 21 to 22 weeks for a first-time mom, and around 18 weeks for a second-time -- or more -- mom,” she explains. If you don't feel movement within this time frame, see your doctor.

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