During the early period of the second trimester, the fetus is developed to quite an extent and it does not begin to start kicking till 18-19 weeks.
The baby starts to move around in the seventh and eighth week...
...and it can be seen in the ultrasound reports. However, the real acrobatics begin in the middle of the second trimester.
With the progression of the pregnancy, the acrobatics of the fetus also increase and the movements become more marked.
It has been seen that women who have had kids earlier, are able to feel the first fetal movement quite easily. It has also been noted that the women who are thinner are able to feel the movements more readily than the ones who carry more weight.
Fetal movements have many a times been described as popcorn popping sensations or fluttering of butterflies. Many women mistake the fetal movement during pregnancy as hunger pangs or slight discomfort because of gas. While you may not be able to feel the movements when you are working and are busy, when you are lying or sitting idle you may feel the movements in a more marked manner.
The initial kicks can be felt occasionally. They are few and are interspersed at large intervals. The baby might be making a lot of movements but the kicks are usually feeble and are not felt immediately. There is no set pattern for the movements and therefore what you may consider decreased fetal movement is simply a gap in the movement.
The movements and kicks become more regular and stronger in the second trimester. Different pregnant mothers have differing experiences and therefore comparisons should not be drawn. Even if you are tempted to draw comparisons, do remember that there are individual differences that may make one woman feel the fetal movements more strongly than the other.
It is always useful to keep a track of the baby’s movements. If there is a decrease in the fetal movement, it might be an indication of a problem. You may need to have a thorough checkup to see if the baby is developing normally. Certain doctors may ask you to keep a written record of the baby’s movements. You may choose a particular time of the day when you are relatively free and the baby is active. Try to keep yourself from being distracted and note the time it takes for the baby to kick ten times. Note this time down and share with your doctor