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Your baby's movements during pregnancy

Monitoring your baby’s movement pattern is a lovely way to get to know your baby, as well as being a key indicator of your baby’s wellbeing.
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You should start to feel your baby move between around 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. 

If this is your first baby, you might not feel movements until after 20 weeks.

The movements can feel like a gentle swirling or fluttering. As your pregnancy progresses, you may feel kicks and jerky movements.

If you have not felt your baby move by 24 weeks, tell your midwife. They'll check your baby's heartbeat and movements.

You should feel your baby move right up to and during labour.

If you think your baby’s movements have changed, slowed down or stopped, phone your maternity unit. Don’t wait until the next day to see what happens. The midwife at the unit should advise you to go in to be checked. Don’t worry about phoning – midwives would much rather you called than were worried.

There's lots of great information about understanding your baby's movements on the Mama Academy website and the NHS website.

You can also download and print out these two posters

 Mama Academy have a great leaflet for mums to be called Helping Babies Arrive Safely. It's available in 11 different languages from Turkish to Chinese.