I Have Not Really Felt My Baby Move and I Am 21 Weeks and 2Nd Pregnancy

Updated on July 23, 2008
A.J. asks from Blue Springs, MO
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I am 21 weeks along and have not felt my baby move much. This is my 2nd pregnancy and have read that you should feel them earlier the 2nd time around. I have felt some movement but not a lot. I have had a healthy pregnancy so far and each dr visit has been good. I just am a little nervous that I have not felt much movement. I am short and still have some weight leftover from my first child which was a year in a half ago. Has anyone experienced this with their 2nd and so on?

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Thank you for all of your insights and encouragement. I have started feeling her the last couple of days. I think a lot of it she is still tiny. My sonogram was at 19 weeks and she was moving all over the place but I didn't feel a thing.

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answers from Kansas City on

My placenta was in the front, so I didn't feel movement for a long time either. I also didn't feel like I had a soccer player in me like my first born was so I enjoyed it more.



answers from Kansas City on

I was worried about this myself until recently. I am in my third pregnancy, due in December. With my second child I thought I could remember feeling him move very early, like 12 or 14 weeks. So when I couldn't feel this one at 17, 18 weeks I was concerned, even though I believe 18-20 is the normal time to first feel movement.

Anyway, one thing to try is to drink a glass of water and maybe eat a piece of fruit, then lie down on your left side and relax for a while and see if you feel the baby move. I finally started feeling my baby move this week, when I was just sitting at my computer, doing some work, not even thinking about it. I'm sure it will come soon for you too.



answers from Kansas City on

My second child was all over the place (she still is!) but my first hardly moved at all. Even toward the end of my pregnancy, she was just not very active. I did the kick counts everyday by the number of times she got the hiccups. She is still a very mild child. I really belive that you can tell a lot about a child's personality in the womb. As long as you are feeling some movement, I won't worry too much yet. The baby is still pretty small at this point. Maybe talk to your doctor about it at your next visit if you are still concerned.


answers from Kansas City on

Next time ask where your placenta is. Mine was in the front last time and it made it hard to feel it normally. As it turns out, I was feeling movement really early but I passed it off as gas. I could only feel that baby in my intestinal area and it was worse in my bladder. But at least that one didn't kick my ribs!


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