by Jennifer Parris, June 20, 2021
In order to understand when your baby can start kicking, you’ll need to know when your little one has the legs with which to accomplish the task. “Fetal limb buds are present at about six weeks gestation, and identifiable legs can be seen at about 9-10 weeks,” Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, double board-certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, Director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, tells Romper. “Fetal movements can be seen at about eight weeks, and while kicking can be seen at about 9-10 weeks, movements are not felt by the mother generally until about 16-18 weeks.”
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