Is it Normal to Still Feel “Baby Kicks” After Giving Birth?

Written by - Reviewed by Consumer Health Digest Team

Published: Jul 21, 2014 | Last Updated: Aug 11, 2018

Baby Kicks
Q: It’s been approximately 4 months since I had my son and I still feel maybe not kicks per day, I definitely feel some movement inside my tummy… and this really make me freak out!!! I am no longer pregnant obviously nor am I expecting another… Does anyone know if this is normal to still feel the kicks after delivering baby?
Expert Answer

Feeling baby kicks on your tummy after giving birth of your little precious is one kind of postpartum weirdness. This is known as “Phantom Fetal Movements” or “Phantom Kicks”. Though many moms usually face this problem, they feel shy to discuss with others about this problem; even some of them just treat it as their imagination.

Have you ever had ‘Phantom Kicks’ when you’re not pregnant anymore!! If so, do not be scared; like you, many other moms face this problem. Phantom fetal movements are little flaps and kicks in your womb; just something like you have mid-pregnancy. The main difference is that you are definitely not pregnant any more. Actually the rate of observing this weird postpartum problem is comparatively more common among women who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth earlier. As a sign of anxiety or syndrome after pregnancy or newborn loss, it may be common; any mentally and physically fit moms who deliver healthy live babies can also experience phantom fetal movements. It is not any type of your psychological malady.

There is no established medical reason for this, but there are several major general concepts exist as the reason of getting phantom baby kicks. First of all, your uterus may take an extended amount of time to stop contractions and settle down after giving birth baby. Another reason is at once you have been expectant and come to identify ambiences in the uterus for the first time; you are then able to observe random spasms there which occur even when you’re not pregnant. Phantom Kicks’ makes your phenomenon if all the fatal movement you felt in pregnancy really were kicks.

Sometimes gas bubbles, and some other gastrological issues related to digestion, can make you feel like a baby just kicking from inside. Your “muscle memory” (as the stomach muscles “remembers” those pregnancy days), “organs settling” into their normal position after having been shifted by pregnancy, also responsible for ‘Phantom Kicks’. Another possibility is that after pregnancy, simple muscle and intestinal spasms get inferred as “Baby Kicks” because they may feel somewhat similar.

It could be really frustrating for a woman who is looking for answers to find her questions about these wired kicks as the progress of the current flow of medical research on Phantom Kicks is pretty much slower. May online googling turns up tons of pages with questions about phantom fetal movements; in practice, it seems that there are no readily available research investigations or deep medical explanations, regarding why a healthy woman feels baby kicks after delivering babies. On the other hand, rather this minor peculiarity that produces a lot of conversation but doesn’t seem to call for much action. Fewer authenticate medical resources are available that have given emphasize mostly on possible psychiatric reasons; because phantom “fetal movements” are of course a symptom of “false pregnancy “ (also called pseudocyesis in medical term).

Pseudocyesis includes the real belief that one is pregnant, along with typically a longer list of signs than just imaginary fetal movements. As an individual symptom (disconnected to pseudocyesis), at the worst case the phantom baby movements on your tummy seem to be nothing more than a minor aggravation. However, it is always a worthy idea to rule out pregnancy, just to be more confirmed. In any case, if you’ve experienced “phantom baby kicks”, never treat yourself as crazy or anything like that.

View All

Take Action: Support Consumer Health Digest by linking to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (Click to copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.