(Closed) I haven’t felt the baby kick yet – is that bad?

posted 10 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it’s different for everyone.  I’m 17 weeks and I’m sure I’m feeling flutters, but I think it has to do with my body size.  I’m a pretty small person, so it’s not like my kiddo has lots of room to move, ya know.  Maybe if you’re taller so you have more room, so that’s why you aren’t feeling it yet?

Post # 4
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Have you been to the doctor, and did you hear the heartbeat? Some babies are just very laid back. My middle child was that way. Every now and then, I would feel a little fluttering, but mostly when he got bigger, I could feel him stretching to get more room. I am sure you are fine, and if you haven’t heard your babies heartbeat yet, I suggest making an appointment with your doctor, and have them let you hear it. It will set your mind at ease.

Post # 5
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

My OB said it usually happens between 18 and 22 weeks, so if ~20 weeks is average, plenty of women haven’t felt it by then! Apparently it can also depend on where your placenta is located- that can mute the feeling for a while too. I know it’s hard not to think about it (I’m 18 weeks and I’m constantly like “was that a kick? was that indigestion? was that some weird muscle spasm?”) but I think it’s totally normal (both to have not felt anything yet, and to feel frustrated because you want to!)

Post # 6
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am 22 weeks on Saturday and it was really only during the last week that I’ve felt the baby and been sure that’s what it was. I was really worried to once I hit 20 weeks and wasn’t feeling the baby but I am tall and have wide hips and a larger bone structure than the average woman. During my ultrasound they also pointed out that my placenta is attached in the back, which is good for being able to feel the baby sooner too, so that might have an affect on you. 

Also, I didn’t think it felt at all like flutters. I think it feels like little nudges. Sometimes it feels like if you bend your first finger and poke or rub your other palm lightly with the knuckle. I usually feel one or two movements every 1-2 hours, except in the evening when it’s a lot more frequent.

Post # 8
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Hey due date twin! (well almost) I was 20 weeks yesterday! I JUST started to feel the baby move a few days ago. And its not every day yet that I feel her move and she only does it a few times a day. If this is your first then its not uncommon at all to not feel the baby. It will happen! Don’t stress too much right now. =)

Post # 9
761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I know that my mom never once felt me kick and I was A Ok!

Post # 10
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I didn’t start recognizing the feeling until late in my 20th week.  Once you feel it, you’ll know!  It felt so alien the first few days but don’t worry, it will happen for you too.

Post # 11
990 posts
Busy bee

when the baby first started kicking me, it felt like muscle spasms and when i realized they kept up for a little while thats when i knew. you might be feeling it and dont know yet…

Post # 12
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m at 22 weeks & STILL haven’t felt the Kid “kick”.  I’ve felt “pressure”…that hardness on one side that indicates it’s the Kid, & not one of my internal organs.  However, just this Saturday, during fireworks & World of Color at Disneyland, I could feel the Kid pressing & moving around…almost like somersaults.  But no “kicks”.  So don’t worry.  The kicks will come…and according to my friends (since, I, like you, haven’t felt kicks), once kicking starts, it doesn’t stop.

Post # 13
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

It’s harder to tell if they’re kicks or not with the first baby. I felt flutters for the first time around 16 or 17 weeks, and honestly I wasn’t even sure if they were flutters or not. I felt kicks, for sure (my husband felt them too), the day before I turned 20 weeks. However, I’m a very petite person. It’s different for everyone.

Post # 14
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Don’t even worry about it… You’ll feel it soon enough!

Post # 15
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@chicagowife I have anterior placenta (on the front) so I didn’t feel the kicks as much as someone with a posterior placenta would. I felt proper kicks around 20 weeks but it depends on the person. At first it felt like a popping sensation in my lower stomach and now I get full on kicks and can feel hiccups – i’m now at 32 weeks.

Don’t worry about it, it will happen, I found that when I started feeling them I would most often be lying down or leaning back while sitting.

Post # 16
1939 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I know that when I was preg it took me a few weeks to realize that what I was feeling was the baby.  I can’t remember at what week I started to really feel him move.  I think it is different with everyone and I am sure you will before you know it. 

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