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Is It Normal to Have Baby Movement Right Above the Belly Button Beginning in the Second Trimester?

by Carolyn Robbins, studioD

Feeling a baby's rolls, kicks and pokes is a special part of pregnancy for many women. Some mothers feel the first fetal movements, known as "quickening," as early as 13 to 16 weeks into a pregnancy, according to the American Pregnancy Association. The second trimester begins at 14 weeks gestation, so you may enjoy your baby's first kicks at the beginning of the trimester.

Location of the Movements

At the beginning of the second trimester, your baby is still quite small. Between 14 and 16 weeks gestational age, your baby is approximately 6 inches long and weighs 4 ounces, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Your uterus has grown so that the fundus, or top, is at or near the level of your belly button. Your little one has a lot of room to turn and flip, so you'll probably feel flutters all over the place, including above your belly button.

When to Worry

The beginning of the second trimester is very early to feel fetal movement. Depending on the position of the placenta, you may not feel your baby move until as late as 25 weeks. If you still have not felt kicks, your doctor may order a sonogram and Doppler screening to make sure the baby is healthy.

About the Author

Carolyn Robbins began writing in 2006. Her work appears on various websites and covers various topics including neuroscience, physiology, nutrition and fitness. Robbins graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology and theology from Saint Vincent College.

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