I’m seven months pregnant and I’m not feeling much kicking and movement from my baby. How much movement is normal?

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I’m seven months pregnant and I’m not feeling as much kicking and movement from my baby as the other women I know who are this far along. How much movement is normal? Is there something wrong? Is there anything I can do to check?

First-time moms will feel the first movement of the baby during the 18-20th week of pregnancy, while second-time moms will feel the first movement during the 16th-18th week. During the seventh month of pregnancy, the baby’s movements are usually strong as the baby is not too big and there is space to move around. However, if you feel that there is less movement, you must visit your obstetrician who will evaluate fetal position, placenta position and amount of amniotic fluid. Sometimes the obstetrician may recommend an NST to check the baby’s well-being.

The fetus usually starts to move at 6-7th week of pregnancy but moms can perceive the fetal movement after 16-18th week when the uterus wall is closed to the abdominal wall. Moms can feel baby movement only when she feels abdominal movement. That is because there is nerve supply at the abdominal wall, not on the uterus. Some women may feel less movement due to the position of the placenta. If the placenta is positioned on the front wall of your uterus (womb), the placenta can absorb some of the kicks when the baby moves. When there is no abdominal movement, moms don’t feel the fetal movement.

Bancha Kanluan, M.D.
Specialist in OB/GYN and reproductive medicine
Samitivej Hospital


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