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1. What is quickening?
The term quickening is used to describe the exact moment a pregnant woman feels for the first time the baby´s movements inside her uterus. Medically, this term is known as “first fetal movements”. Years ago, when there was not enough obstetrical technology, this moment indicated that the baby was alive.
2. When does quickening occur?
The baby begins moving before the Mum can feel it, but for knowledge purposes, this term is used the way we explained above. Quickening may happen in first-time mothers between 16 and 25 weeks of pregnancy. While women with previous pregnancies, may feel these movements as early as 13 weeks.
3. What does quickening feel like?
The behaviour of the baby inside the uterus is very active. The qualities of the movement (frequency, sharpness, strength) vary depending on the pregnancy´s week and how much space the baby has left. Several women describe these movements as: sharp kicks, gentle pressure, rolling or turning, muscle spasms, etc. These baby movements can be similar to other natural and biological abdominal sensations like hunger, gas, rumblings, among others.egnancy. While women with previous pregnancies, may feel these movements as early as 13 weeks.
4. How often should my baby move?
Generally, your baby moves up to 30 times in an hour, but you are not going to feel every movement. This behaviour gets more frequent at the end of the second trimester and the beginning of the third. By the end of gestation, your baby will have less space to move, so he will be calmer. At this stage, 10 movements in 2 hours are considered normal.
5. When should I be worried about not feeling my baby´s movements?
As a concerned Mum-to-be, it makes perfect sense to worry about not feeling your baby move. Monitor baby’s movements at the same time each day for an hour or two so that you have a guideline to compare with, especially on a day that you feel you may have some room for concern.
6. Do I have to monitor these movements every day?
It used to be advised to monitor your baby’s movements quite specifically counting the movements, however the current advice is to tune into baby ideally at a time when he is more active. You can relax in a comfortable chair or lie on your left side after lunch or dinner and assess how your baby’s movements are. If baby is not moving as normal try not to panic but do contact your doctor for a medical assessment immediately.