We know pregnancy can bring about an assortment of feelings from excitement to confusion, and one of the questions mommies-to-be always seem to ponder is, what do kicks feel like?!!
We feel ya! While we haven’t gone there ourselves, we’ve enlisted the help of moms who have for the 4-1-1!!
Here’s what you can expect:
Alice Cootauco, M.D., of St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore says most pregnant women can expect to experience that first kick between 17 and 22 weeks!
Don’t fret if you’re around that time frame and haven’t experienced it yet!
“Routine anatomic ultrasounds at 19 to 20 weeks gestation help us confirm viability of the pregnancy and determine the placenta’s location. If it is positioned in such a way that it’s cushioning the movement, the first kick will be harder to feel.”
So HOW does it feel?!! Here’s how some moms describe the kicks:
It felt like I was being poked from the inside.
It was like having a really strong butterfly trapped in my tummy.
It felt as though a very light bubble appeared, rose up and popped. I kept thinking, was that it? It wasn’t anything like I’d expected.
I wasn’t sure if it was gas or indigestion, or if maybe there was an alien in there. But the nudge was reassuring, kind of like a, ‘Hi, Mom!’
HA! Now that U know the nitty gritty, we’re sure you’ll know what’s going down (or all around) when that moment happens. So we hope!
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