Early pregnancy symptoms include happy experiences along with the dreaded morning sickness. Quickening is one of those special moments in your pregnancy that, for many women, inspires the very exciting realisation that your life, indeed, is about to change.

Quickening usually occurs between 16 - 20 weeks of pregnancy. Those regular butterfly-like flutters you feel low down in your belly are a lovely reminder of the amazing changes your body is growing through as your baby develops.

It may feel like gas or an upset tummy but it really is baby on the move.Quickening starts from week 16 but becomes more pronounced by week 18 - 20. You may find it easier to feel those early movements if you lie down. The distinctive kicks and punches are still a few weeks away and that is most likely when your partner will be able to feel baby's movements, too.

Remember to tell your doctor or midwife at your next visit - this is something to celebrate.

If you haven't felt your baby move yet, don't worry - some women report movements come later, or less often.

If you have any concerns, speak to your doctor or midwife.

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This article was written by Claire Halliday for Kidspot.

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