What The Baby's Movements Pre And Post-Birth Say About Them: 20 Points

Whether a woman is pregnant for the first time or the fifth, it is pretty much a guarantee that each time she is with child will be unique and therefore different than the last. Some say that first-time mothers worry because they have no clue what to expect while pregnant, and women who have already had children in the past worry with each pregnancy because each one is different and things will likely not be happening the same way they did with previous pregnancies.

Most of the time, especially for those ladies who are new to the pregnancy game, the movements of their unborn little girls and boys will not be noticeable until they are near the middle of their pregnancy. If a woman has had enough experience out of it, she may be able to point out exactly when her baby moves a little bit earlier than that, as mothers of multiples typically know how that feels.

For women who do not feel movement when they think they should, there are a few possible reasons that could be the case. But, one thing that many pregnant women have in common is the fact that they will feel their baby move at some point. Figuring out what each movement of the baby means can be kind of confusing. Here are the meanings of some movements mothers have been known to experience with their unborn baby.

Continue scrolling to keep reading

Click the button below to start this article in quick view

Start Now

20 Mom May Feel A Flutter

Pregnancy is one of the best and most interesting parts of life, as one can never know what to expect from one second to the next. These words could really be true about each part of expecting a child, but they are definitely true when it comes to how the baby moves while inside the womb. This is the case because there is no way the mom can predict when or how her child will move, and will therefore be taken by surprise most of the time.

Some pregnant women have felt what they refer to as a “flutter.”

This is usually described as a little movement because the baby is still pretty small when mom begins to feel him or her inside the womb.

19 Maybe She Will Feel A Tap

There are a lot of new feelings and symptoms when it comes to the early months of pregnancy. Often, this adds to the wonder and amazement of it, because feeling a human baby grow inside of our bodies is truly a fascinating thing to experience.


But, as the unborn child grows, the mother will begin to feel something that is usually described as a “tapping” feeling, and this is one of the movements a baby makes in early pregnancy. It is called “quickening.”

18 The Baby Will Begin To Punch


There are a lot of things about life that no one tells you about before it happens. It is even more true with pregnancy, because not every woman has the exact same experience. Additionally, each child is different as well, both in the womb and after birth.

A good example of this is how new little boys and girls that have not been born yet move while inside the womb. Some will make certain movements before they are expected to, and others will be a little later.

Furthermore, some children will make moves in the womb that others may skip entirely.

There have been cases where children were seen forming fists and throwing punches on ultrasounds. Typically, this is just a good sign that the baby can use his or her hands without any issues.

17 She Will Start To Feel The Baby Kick

The movements of the unborn child are really one of the most important things to pay attention to before the baby makes his or her arrival. These things can tell the expecting parents and the healthcare provider a lot about the health of the baby, so it is something that should always be paid attention to.

A very common thing to feel while pregnant, especially near the 24th week or a little bit earlier, is kicks from the child.

Often, those who do not know what baby kicks feel like mistake it for the mother having gas.

There are a few reasons behind baby kicks. Sometimes, this happens because the baby is responding to something. Noise and certain foods can initiate a kick or two from a baby in the womb. At a certain point, the mother should feel approximately six kicks in one hour once a day.

16 Rolling Is Important

There is pretty much no detail about being pregnant that is not interesting and odd all at the same time. This is true for all parts of it, but it seems to be even more true for the moments when a mother is first starting to feel the moves her child is making inside of her womb.

As the baby and the mother grow, the movements begin to change. They are more noticeable in the middle of the pregnancy, and they may slow down near the delivery date. This is because the bigger the child gets, the less room they have to move about.

One of the words often used to describe the moves a baby makes in the uterus is “rolling.”

Near the sixth month of gestation, the baby will roll from one side to the other.

15 The Baby May Slide

Though this is not the case most of the time, there may be occasions during which the child will, in a way, slide over to a certain side of the womb. Though it does not happen all of the time, this can be a thing that occurs in some pregnancies.

If it does happen, the baby usually slides to the other side of the womb if the mother is laying down on that side.

Usually, this is not something to worry about, but talking with your doctor about your unborn baby’s movements is a good idea, especially if they are doing something that seems out of the norm. Furthermore, the baby will position itself to be lower in the uterus in preparation for labor.

14 Mom Might Get Tickled

Some men, women, and children do not mind being tickled, and may even find the feeling of it amusing. Others, however, tend to dislike that sensation of being tickled very much. Either way, though, it seems as though the feeling of being tickled can bring about some laughter.

Well, another thing some ladies have said they felt from their child while he or she was still in the womb is feeling as though the baby was tickling them.

However, this is likely the result of a very small part of the baby (a hand or foot, for example) moving around in the uterus.

13 There May Be Popping

Photo of a pregnant woman relaxing in nature on a beautiful sunny day

There are a lot of ways expecting mothers have been known to describe the movements of their unborn babies, and what they feel like. This is definitely the case when women discuss the moves their children make in the womb while the pregnancy is still rather early.

In some cases, ladies have said movements the baby makes in the early months in the womb often can feel like something else.

Many have described it as the sensation of having bubbles pop in your stomach, which is perhaps why so many mothers mistake baby movements for gas.

12 There Will Be Vibrations

Every pregnancy is different, and therefore unique from all the others. But there are things that every lady who has a successful pregnancy is bound to experience at one point or another.

There are certain things about unborn babies that all mothers and future mothers will discuss. However, some things are not talked about quite as much as others, and its seems that vibrations from babies in the womb is one of those things.

The sensation of something vibrating in the womb is definitely an odd feeling, and there are a few things that can cause it.

Hiccups, stretching, nervous spasms, and moving the cord are a few things the baby might experience that can cause the mother to feel vibrations.

11 Mom May Feel Spasms

There are a lot of things that expectant mothers might think they are feeling, such as gas and spasms, when in reality it is the start of them feeling their unborn child move. However, especially in the case of a woman feeling these things for the first time, it can be scary, as well as hard to understand what type of movements are normal and which ones are not.

Spasms, as weird as they are, seem to be considered a normal thing to feel once you can feel an unborn child move.

Sometimes it can be caused by the child having hiccups, and other times it may be that they have changed positions and their regular movements, such as kicks and punches, can feel like spasms because of this.

10 Soon, The Baby Will Be Lifting Their Head

Being pregnant, especially for the first time, will introduce expecting parents to a lot of new and incredible things. There is always something new to learn each day of a pregnancy. Furthermore, the journey of learning new things about our little boys and girls does not stop there, but instead keeps going after the birth takes place.

One of the things babies will learn to do with their bodies after they are born is lift their head up.

While the child should be about a month old when they become able to do this, he or she will likely be able to hold it in place at around 4 months of age. If your baby is making movements like this, it usually means that the child’s body is growing as it should, and becoming prepared for when the baby wants to do more things, such as sitting up.

9 The Baby Will Eventually Roll Over

After a baby is born, time seems to go by pretty fast and before parents know it, their child is already reaching physical milestones and running around the house. One of the many milestone achievements that takes place after a child is born is them learning to roll over, whether it is on their side, back, or stomach.

Typically, baby girls and baby boys have a pretty fun time once they gain the ability to do this on their own, because it gives them a little more independence than they had before. When it comes to babies learning how to move their bodies, each milestone is like a stair step to the next one.

Rolling over is yet another move that leads to the child eventually sitting up. It is also a sign that their motor skills are good.

8 Baby Will Stretch Their Arms And Legs

Babies stretch both in and out of the womb. However, after birth, it is typical for their movements to look a bit sudden, and almost seem like their limbs are making a jerking type of motion when they move. Thus, their movements will appear to be sudden, and not very smooth during the first few weeks after birth.

This type of movement also may make it seem like the baby is shaking or quivering.

However, as the child approaches one month of age, things usually start to change. Typically, this is when babies really start to master the art of stretching their limbs, so it will appear to be less like he or she is shaking, and more like they are just stretching out. Movement like this is part of what leads the baby to being able to stretch out his or her neck, which is helpful when they want to lift their heads up.

7 Baby Should Be Able To Grasp From  Birth

There are a lot of things we do, physically, that we have to learn after we are born. However, there are also some things our bodies should be capable of right away, and grasping onto things is something that fits into this category.

In most cases where a healthy baby is born, he or she will be able to hold onto things.

This is an important ability to have, because it leads to the child being able to feed themselves, write, draw, read, and take care of themselves in general.

6 Baby May Get Frustrated Laying On Their Tummy

From the very start, it is important to make sure children get a lot of time laying on their stomachs. “Tummy time,” as it is sometimes called, is a great activity for new parents to use to help their child develop important skills that will help him or her later in life.

Usually, though, its not always easy for moms and dads to do this because their little ones might not enjoy the discomfort they may feel while laying in that position. Babies also may not like this because it is unfamiliar to them since they are used to laying on their backs.

But, this is an important thing to do, as it helps children gain the skills to sit up, roll over, and crawl. A good time to lay your baby on their tummy is about an hour after they eat. This lessens the chances of spitting up and infant acid reflux.

5 See A Doctor If Baby Can't Open And Close Hands

There are a lot of things a new baby will be learning to do during the months after he or she is born. Some of these things come to them right away, and others are something the child has to work themselves up to.

While grasping at objects is something babies are usually able to do right after being born, opening and closing their hands is a different story. Many babies have been known to keep their hands in the shape of tiny fists for a couple of months after they are born, as they are not able to move their fingers that well yet.

But, this should change when the baby is approximately three months old. If not, parents should speak with a doctor about it because this could be a sign of neurological problems.

4 They Will Learn To Sit Up With No Help

One thing all babies seem to love is independence. This means that, usually, they will enjoy their time spent sitting up and playing with their toys, as well as their mothers and fathers. At this point, they have probably got used to tummy time and would like to move on to something more adventurous.

This point in time is usually when babies begin to sit up. But, they will still need some help being stable and not falling over, at least for a little while.

Not all babies will be sitting up around the same time in their lives. Some begin doing this with assistance at 3 months, while others don’t do it until the 5 month mark. Then, at 6 months old, some babies will sit up straight without any help, while others do this after reaching 9 months of age.

Gaining the ability to sit up means that your baby is definitely on the right track to becoming physically strong enough for other activities in the future. Some of the things sitting up leads to are crawling, walking, and standing up.

3 They Will Learn To Crawl

Every new move a baby learns to make is important for one or more reasons. But, crawling is one of the most exciting new things for a baby to learn to do. This is because, at that point, he or she has only been able to rely on others to get where they want to go, but once they start to crawl, all of that changes.

Suddenly, the baby can go wherever they like without having to be carried or pushed in a stroller. When a baby begins to crawl, this means he or she is well on their way to being able to grab onto things and pull themselves into a standing position. Furthermore, crawling leads to walking and running.

2 Baby Will Be Wobbly At First

For a baby, learning to walk can be just like an older person putting on a pair of skates for the first time. This means that babies, at this point, are not used to putting their weight on their feet, and have not quite figured out how to balance themselves out yet. Young children are notoriously wobbly.

There are a few reasons why a child may be a bit clumsy. A sudden growth spurt, or shoes that don’t fit can be the case for this. Furthermore, many children are farsighted, so this can also be why they are wobbly and physically unstable. Though, if vision issues don’t go away, the child should be seen by a doctor.

1 It Won't Be Long Until Baby Can Walk

Walking is the moment all of the other movements babies make lead up to. This is an incredible milestone, and many children reach it at a different time. If your baby is not quite ready to walk at 6 months old, don’t worry. In most cases, children will start walking anywhere between 9 and 18 months of age. Additionally, there have been perfectly healthy kids who started walking even later than 18 months old.

In the beginning, however, he or she will need some help. A few tips for assisting a baby in taking their first few steps include limiting their time in a playpen, not using a baby walker, and spending less time with them in your arms. Once the baby learns to walk, it will not be long before they can run.

References: Very Well Family, Made For Mums, The Labor Of Love, Daily Mail, Belly Belly, Baby Centre, Trimester Talk, Healthy Children, Parents,

More in Did You Know...