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Butterflies in Your Stomach? This Could Be Baby Kicking!

Son hugging pregnant mom's belly

Your baby is wiggling right from conception but only from around 16 to 20 weeks can you start feeling those movements.

While baby is still small, this feeling is often referred to as “quickening,” and it may feel a light tapping in your stomach or like a fluttering of butterflies in the stomach while pregnant. Sometimes these movements can be confused with pregnancy side effects like gas or hunger pains. First time moms usually can’t feel baby moving as early as moms who have been pregnant before, simply because experienced moms have a better sense of what to look out for.

Every baby kicks at different strength, and some babies kick a lot more than others. The very first movements of your baby will only be a slight feeling. The bigger your baby grows, the stronger their kicks get and the better you will get at differentiating baby’s movements from other sensations.

If you are worried that you haven’t felt baby move yet, check with your healthcare provider.

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