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What Do Early Baby Kicks Feel Like?

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According to webmd.com, “You should feel your baby’s first movements, called “quickening,” between weeks 16 and 25 of your pregnancy.”

“Quickening,” (which has nothing to do with beheading Highlanders) is difficult to describe, so people try to explain the way it feels in the most abstract ways. Most often, I’ve heard people talk about it as “flutters,” “butterflies,” and “bubbles.” But it’s really not like anything of those things, and what do any of those descriptors mean anyway?!

Other sites warn that first time mothers might not recognize early kicks, because they feel like gas. And you know what? That’s EXACTLY what they feel like. There’s not really a prettier way to explain it. Later it feels like muscle spasms, and now (at 24 weeks) it feels I ingested a tiny ninja.

I realize this isn’t the funniest comic, but I needed to address the unhelpful ways in which “quickening” is described.

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Chelsea Carr has been cartooning for over ten years. Currently, she works as the editorial cartoonist for Harford County’s The Aegis and The Record. She has also had her work included in MAD Magazine, b, and Baltimore’s City Paper. Chelsea holds a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (2005) and an M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University (2011.) In addition to cartooning and being a first-time mother, she has worked as an elementary school art teacher.

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