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Baby’s movements: I felt our daughter kicking!

Baby movement pregnancy

It’s week 23 and I’ve felt her kicking for the first time!

By her, I do mean the baby, not Jenna – although I won’t rule out that happening at some stage. Remember the stare? Anything can happen when that goes off.

Since the start of the New Year, around week 18 of the pregnancy, Jenna has been feeling slight movements in her tummy – something she’s likened to butterflies, or bubbles.

No, I don’t know what bubbles in the stomach feel like either.

But the movements were so faint at first, she didn’t realise what they were.

As the weeks have gone on, she’s felt movements becoming stronger, to the point where we’ve tried to see if I can feel them with my hand, with no success.

On Wednesday 8th February (week 23), Jenna messaged me from work to say she hadn’t felt any movement for the best part of a day.

While I’m no expert, I have been reading up. The Expectant Dad’s Handbook by Dean Beaumont was a great recommendation from one of the few dads I know – cheers Neil!

Anyway, one of the key points he makes is that if mum has had a busy day, it’s perfectly normal for her to have not noticed movement.

What tends to happen is that when the mother is moving, the baby sleeps, and when mum rests, the baby starts doing acrobatics.

Given Jenna works in a gym, it stood to reason that missing movement could have easily happened – a fact I tried to reassure her with.

Of course, as I’ve said before, nothing should be left to chance, so I insisted that she put her feet up and rest after work to switch off, and that we contact the midwife if concerns continued.

Right on cue, with the working day over and operation relaxation underway, Bump gave us a dance.

The next night was a game changer though.


For the first time, I could feel our daughter wriggling around!”


Baby movement pregnancyThat evening I was watching John Wick, a film Jenna had no interest in, obviously, and tired after work she decided to go to sleep.

A few minutes later and she told me that Bump was moving quite eagerly. I rolled over and Jenna grabbed my paw to see if I could get a piece of the kicking action – incredibly I did!

For the first time, I was able to experience some of what Jenna has for weeks. I could actually feel our daughter wriggling around!

Finding out the gender at the 20-week scan gave me the ability to visualise her, but feeling the movement for the first time was a special moment just as precious, particularly as it was so unexpected.

There’s something so very mesmerising and pure about it.

Of course, she has no idea what she’s doing, but for us, she’d created a fantastic bonding experience. I could feel the life I helped to create, which gave some insight as to how mums get to feel on a daily basis.

I said before that her punctuality will be better than ours, so to become so mobile the day after giving us a slight cause for concern couldn’t have been timed any better.

Maybe she’ll be part of that five per cent of babies who arrive on their due dates.

Unless she inherits Black People’s Time from my side of the family, which could change that.

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