From the first flutters to the power kicks, the feeling of your baby inside you can make your pregnancy feel amazingly real. Here’s a timeline of a typical baby’s growth week by week and the movements in the womb, and when you might start feeling things:

Week 9 what a feelingWeek 9

Your tiny baby will start to stir in the womb. He'll move his arms and legs and begin to bring his hand to his mouth.

Weeks 13 to 16

He'll develop his ears, eyes, eyebrows and hair. He may develop hiccups, though you won't feel them yet.

Week 20

You may start to feel fluttering in your stomach as his movements become more coordinated. Let Dad and siblings feel the magic as your baby's growth and development is happening.


Week 21

You may feel those hiccups now too, as he practices his breathing.

Weeks 23 to 28

He's busy practicing the movements that will help him eat, drink and breathe. As he gets bigger, you'll feel his movements become more powerful. Depending on how big he's getting, his movements will slow down toward the end of the third trimester, when his quarters get too cramped.

Weeks 27 to 30

As his hearing and memory develop, you will feel him reacting to sounds like the songs you sing to him.

Weeks 31 to 34

His movements may lessen due to cramped quarters in the womb. He will develop a sleep pattern, which may or may not match yours.

Weeks 35 to delivery

He will move into fetal position and drop down into your pelvis to get ready for birth. This may make breathing and eating a little easier, or make walking and sitting a little harder.