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Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE

Quickening: Feeling Your Baby Move

By February 12, 2013

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Baby at 18 weeks via ultrasound

Quickening is the word used to describe the feeling a mother experiences as she first feels her baby move. I've often pondered why this word? It's certainly not the word that women use to describe the moment or the feeling. Trust me, I've asked a lot of women in my years of working with pregnancy.

These first felt movements often occur after 18 weeks in the first time mom and sometimes a bit earlier in second or more timers, but in the end, I think the word comes to represent the feelings of your heart - it picks up a bit, it quickens, as you realize, perhaps for the first time, that there really is a baby in there.

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