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Most women can first share their baby's movements with their partner between weeks 20 and 24 of pregnancy, which is partway through the second trimester. But it could take longer, especially for women who are plus-size or have an anterior placenta (placenta on the front of the uterus) that cushions the kicking.
You'll probably begin to feel your baby move, yourself, between 16 and 22 weeks. It usually takes a little longer for your baby's activity to be noticeable outside your belly.
That said, each pregnancy is unique, so your partner may feel your baby kick before week 20. "Depending on the thickness of the abdominal wall and the activity level of the baby, a woman's partner may be able to feel movements anytime after she does," says Catherine Hansen, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston.
Initially, you may confuse your baby's movements with intestinal rumblings. But once the baby gets bigger and stronger, there won't be any mistaking those kicks and flutters.