I was around 13 weeks along when I felt a “quickening” in my lower abdomen.
Fetal Movements: Quickening refers to the initial motion of the fetus in the uterus as it is perceived or felt by the pregnant woman. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, to “quicken” means “to reach the stage of pregnancy at which the child shows signs of life.”(Wikipedia.com)
I was just laying down on my right side I believe when I felt a flutter in there. I am very much in-tune with my body (see: I am a very sensitive person. LOL) so I knew it wasn’t just gas. Plus gas doesn’t move like that in my stomach. Osc was on the computer during that time. I just told him, “I think I felt baby move.” I’ve been reading my “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff and read that as early as that you can feel some fetal movement, though not as strong as it would around 5th-6th month. Now that I am 22 weeks along, baby has been kicking Mommy every day. In the morning, after eating, while watching TV, while on the computer, at night. I am so happy to be feeling him grow inside me. Baby is very smart! He knows that his Mommy is a worry-freak so he lets me know that he’s in there everyday. Feeling him really thump on my belly and skin is so weird for me. I’ve never had life in there that can actually do some real kicking. I’m actually worried on how he would be kicking me in the next few months as he grows bigger since he kicks so hard and so often as of now!
I can’t wait to actually be able to touch his hand or feet pressing against my belly as he moves. That would be a nice experience and a cute video for keeps. 🙂
Ultrasound photo at 13 weeks pregnant: