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03/12/2012 at 13:40
Some people say it feels like butterflies, some people say it's like trapped wind. How did you know that it was baby you were feeling in the early days? I'm 16+4 and i thought i've been able to feel baby for a couple of weeks, but now i'm not so sure. I now think it was more just my muscles stretching that i was feeling rather than baby. Which is probably more likely as i have read that most people don't feel anything until 18 wks+. I'm so excited to finally feel baby move, but i don't know how i'll know it's baby...if that makes sense?
Obviously being in the 2nd Tri, my symptoms have pretty much gone, apart from my emotions are still all over the place. But i really want to feel baby moving as i'm starting to worry that something isn't right. I want to buy a doppler, but i'm scared i wouldn't work it right and just end up worrying myself even more.
03/12/2012 at 13:44
For me I can liken it when you get a muscle spasm, little flickers, super low near bikini line
The best way I can think to describe it was a cross between butterfly's and popcorn popping in your stomach if that makes sense, I think I was about 16-17 weeks when I first felt movements
03/12/2012 at 13:46
It was like a little flutter for me. I didn't know for certain what it was until I knew though, so you probably can feel it but aren't sure for certain x
03/12/2012 at 13:47
It was over 4 years ago now, but I seem to remember it being like bubbles - I could feel them fairly early for a first pregnancy too (about 15-16 weeks) and unsure if it was movements or not, but it ended up that it was. I did have a doppler which I could pick C up from about 11 weeks, although they're not something you should rely on too heavily, plus there can be a worry if you struggle to find the heartbeat - I found it was much lower than I'd expected.
03/12/2012 at 13:54
Mine were like bubbles / popping and really low down. I imagine it's like, if someone put their fingers in water and wiggled, and the ripples hit you inside then that's what it would feel like, but my H literally pee's himself laughing when I describe it like that. I felt LO move around 17weeks, but didn't know it was definately her until it was stronger/more at around 19 weeks when it felt the same, but stronger.
As the others have said, like little popping sensations low down to begin with. Knew they must be baby as they happened often, so not just after dinner etc! I love my doppler (angelsounds) and at your stage you should be able to find it easily just above your hip bone, either far left or far right. I've found mine invaluable as I was very anxious but I am aware they're not always reassurance that all is ok.
03/12/2012 at 16:16
Thanks Ladies, I have had weird popping feelings low down when i'm lying in bed at night, but other than that, i don't seem to be feeling anything, and i haven't really noticed anything over the past few days. What didn't help is that i had a dream on Friday night that i'd gone for a shower and there was blood everywhere and i was losing the baby. I woke up and couldn't stop crying and since then have been paranoid that i can't feel anything.
03/12/2012 at 16:30
Aww RKB you poor love, try not to read too much into the dreams, they really are quite common, I still have them now (though last night it was about my waters breaking).
It's very normal not to feel anything just yet, weird though.. When we had our 16week and 20week scans I could see LO was literally kicking every little bit of me, but I couldn't feel a thing.. So very very odd to watch it on screen, knowing it's inside you, but not feel it..
Have you heard the HB with the midwife? I got our doppler (borrowed an angel sounds one from a friend) once I had heard it with the MW, as she showed me where it was and found it very easily. However, if baby is in a funny position it might not be so easy, so I would recommend wait until your MW tells you where baby is, and whether it's likely you'll find it yourself quickly, then you know you won't worry too much.
03/12/2012 at 17:07
The only thing I can compare it to is a muscle twitch. I was convinced I was feeling flutters from 16 weeks but looking back now, I wasn't. For me, I only knew they were definite movements once they were strong enough to be felt from the outside too. I had a shock at about 20 weeks when I had a kick in the arm whilst I was on the laptop!
03/12/2012 at 17:20
Thanks again. LM, i heard babies heartbeat at my last MW appointment when i was 14+6 and it was very loud and strong then. I know it's probably all just in my head and bless him, H has been fab with my irrational thoughts resassuring me as much as he can.
HT that must of been quite amazing! i really can't wait to feel definate movement so that i know the LO is ok in there.
03/12/2012 at 17:28
Agree with missus s that it feels like a muscle spasm, but mine were never low down, more like an inch or so down from my belly button. I didn't feel anything until about 18 weeks, and even then not frequently and every day - that came probably around 21/22 weeks. I'm sure all is fine - you're still early days for feeling proper movements, especially for your first so i wouldn't let it worry you :)
03/12/2012 at 17:30
I do feel a lot better having asked you lovely ladies now. Thank you. I knew i was being a bit silly, but needed that little bit of reassurance from those who've been there!
03/12/2012 at 17:55
For me it felt like a vibration low down near my bikini line, the first time i was about 16 week.
03/12/2012 at 18:38
Aw I know how easy it is to feel paranoid, you don't realise how much a worry pregnancy is until it happens eh! As the others said what you're feeling probably is baby but it is so hard to tell in the beginning. I thought I was feeling baby flutters at around 16wks but this would really come and go, wasn't until around 25weeks i've felt proper defined movements and only the past few weeks have I felt regular wriggles and kicks so it varies so much. If you are ever in any doubt and want some reassurance give your midwife a call, but in the early days it's perfectly natural to be unsure. I didn't opt for a doppler as like you I was worried that would make me more paranoid. Won't be long before baby is keeping you up at night doing somersaults!!
03/12/2012 at 19:50
Awww, I can't believe that it is nearly time for my little pester baby to start moving! Try not to worry, I'm sure lots of irrational thoughts are perfectly normal during pregnancy. I'm sure all is fine, x
14/12/2017 at 22:45
Hi, I am 20 weeks and have an anterior plasent.... not felt anything as yet, any guide lines in what to look out for feel for...? Really want him to move!!!
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