First kick

On our connecting flight en route to Oklahoma on Thursday, Chris and I were getting seated on the plane, and while he was talking to me, I felt what could very much be characterized as a kick in my abdomen. My face scrunched up, and he asked me what was wrong. And I told him, “I think I just got kicked… hard.” I was just over 16 weeks at the time, and according to most pregnancy guides, they say that from week 14 onward, it’s normal to feel fluttering, bubbling, or gas-like sensations that usually have nothing to do with indigestion, but are actually your fetus’s movements. At this stage, the fetus is only about 4.5-5 ounces in weight and maybe about 4-5 inches in length. So it was strange that I had that sensation, but also exciting. I can’t believe I can actually feel my baby regularly now! It really does feel magical, as corny and cliche as it sounds.

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