In second pregnancy when do you feel baby move?

Congratulations on your second pregnancy! Now that you’ve been through this before, you probably have a few tricks up your sleeve. However, there may be some moments where you still feel like a rookie. A common question is: when do you feel baby move in your second pregnancy? Don’t worry – we’ve got answers!


Feeling movement is one of the most exciting parts of being pregnant. It’s thrilling to think about the little life growing inside of you and all the amazing milestones yet to come. Fetal movements are an essential part of baby’s development and can serve as a crucial indicator for monitoring their well-being during pregnancy.

So, let’s find out more about fetal movements in second pregnancies and what these sensations mean.

The Science Behind Feeling Baby Movement

Fetal movements are usually felt around 18-20 weeks gestation period (also acknowledged as LMP or Last Menstrual Period) but can vary from woman to woman depending on different factors such as body weight or placement of placenta.

According to experts, foetuses start moving at an early stage (as soon as week 7!) but it isn’t until they become larger that moms start feeling those sweet kicks and punches (even though fists aren’t sweet)

As per medical practitioners,“ Pregnant women experience quickening around 16-25 weeks,” which means if welcomed again by surprise tiny treats “usually feel movements earlier” than previous pregnancies.

When Does Quickening Happen During Your Second Pregnancy?

Quickening refers to mother’s individuals’ ability in sensing her fetus’ early moves distinctly either via fluttering touch sensation(quick ticklish pokes), shifting movement(”’a bit uncomfortable flipping”’) or feeling hiccups (hiccup-like vibration) .

Every pregnant woman has their expectations concerning when their baby will begin moving throughout each specific pregnancy. Some may feel their baby move early on in the pregnancy while others may take longer(It always depends on each woman’s experience).

For moms with their subsequent kids, quicker quickening occurs. One research has shown that 43% of women experienced fetal movements before week 20(where they felt it during their first one between weeks 18-22), definitely because you already know what you’re looking for.

Factors That Might Affect When You Feel Baby Movement

Although experts acknowledge that every pregnancy is unique to individuals, there are some factors to consider when wondering about fetal mobility behavior:

Body Weight

There’s a significant chance of not feeling your fetus’ moves as soon if you hold more body weight or have more fat layers surrounding the uterus! Sorry much 🙁 Ideally shedding those extra pounds should be done before conceiving

Location Of The Placenta

The placenta serves as an anchor and essential source of nutrients and oxygen for the growing foetus (which emphasises its value!). However,it can also obstruct movement sensation since
it acts like a barrier between Foetal movement+Mom sensing capabilities.)

If your placenta is placed towards your front(corresponding to Anterior placenta) throughout your second pregnancy phase, It might take holding off until later stages than usual(mostly till month 5 )to feel any noticeable kicks or movements .

Emotional States

When experiencing stress,the last thing in someone’s mind seeming mostly non-feeling baby kicking against her bladder walls, this could just result in delayed sensitivity/signals transmission from these areas responsible via nervous system [such as the sciatic nerve among others] leading to lower detection ability

Any hormonal mood swings can conversely mean mothers’ misinterpreting benign images (uterine contractions/gas bubbles/digestive activity/Braxton-Hicks Vs Fetal Hiccups/kickboxing practice time)

That being said, always pay attention closely to your body and tell your doctor If you’re unsure about any symptoms.

Use of Fetal Doppler

A fetal doppler is an ultrasound device used by practitioners that listens to the foetus’ heartbeat. It can pick up and seize different sounds throughout pregnancy, which could indicate a wide variety of things happening in-utero, such as movement.

Although these devices shouldn’t be exclusively relied upon(When it comes to kick counts), they are useful in monitoring how well babies become during pregnancy.


Who knew so much could go into feeling baby movements? With everything you’ve learned today, there’s no doubt that you’ll be prepared for this next step on your motherhood journey. Whether you feel those first kicks at week 16 or week 25, every movement is a reminder of the little miracle growing inside of you.

Remember: You know your body best! Always listen to any sensations/feelings experienced throughout maternity journeys/consult with experts/take good care 🙂

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