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Henry was born well over 5 months ago.  But I still feel the kicks.

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A quick Google search is enough to convince me that I’m not alone.  Lots of moms feel Phantom Baby Kicks (PBKs). 

 

Mine kick in (hah) mostly at night when I lay in bed; this was always when it was easiest to feel Henry moving around inside of me.  Now, I rest in bed and I swear on my life that I think a little baby is still kicking inside of me.  Whether it’s just gas or uterine spasms or my completely overactive imagination,  who knows.  But they feel SO REAL.  I was actually was so convinced that I was pregnant again at one point that I found myself in the dark, staring at the ceiling, and counting back the weeks to when I got my IUD to see if there was ANY WAY that I could be pregnant and the baby large enough to kick me. (Answer: no – this is not a coy way of saying I’m preggers with baby numero dos.)

 

Anyway, I’d love to know if anyone else experienced Phantom Baby Kicks.  When did it go away?!

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  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 28, 2012, 9:55 am

    I’ve never heard of this phenomenon! Strange! :)

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  • Kortney November 28, 2012, 10:00 am

    I’m twelve months out from having Colton and every so often will still feel phantom baby kicks.

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  • Sarah November 28, 2012, 10:02 am

    I didn’t know this was a thing! I get these and I thought I was just nuts and my baby is 6!

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  • Abby November 28, 2012, 10:08 am

    Yes! My OB told me it is most likely tendons tightening back up after being so stretched out, I think mine went away around the 1 year mark. They totally drove me crazy for awhile!

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  • Lana November 28, 2012, 10:10 am

    My girls are 7 and 5, and I still feel random baby kicks!

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  • Emma November 28, 2012, 10:13 am

    Yes! I have a 14 week old and I’ve been feeling the same thing! They mostly happen when I’m laying on my back and I swear they feel identical to the kicks I felt when I was around 20 weeks pregnant. I’ve convinced myself a few times that I was pregnant again as well, and nope, I’m not…but the fake kicks feel so real!

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  • Maja November 28, 2012, 10:13 am

    Wow..I thought I was the only one. For a long time I thought I would be like on the show “I didnt know I was pregnant” because it felt like real kicks. My baby is almost 2 now and I don’t feel them anymore. Thanks for sharing. I’m glad I wasn’t going crazy :)

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  • Megan November 28, 2012, 10:15 am

    They never go away! I had over 4 years from when I had my first until I got pregnant with my 2nd and felt them the whole time. My 60 year old coworker still has them, and she doesn’t even have a uterus anymore! :)

    It’s probably just gas but they feel SO MUCH like a little one kickin’ around in there. Almost makes me want another. ALMOST but not quite.

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    • Shimi June 10, 2013, 5:44 pm

      Lol @ doesn’t have a uterus

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  • Katie November 28, 2012, 10:15 am

    Yes! My daughter is 3 weeks younger than Henry and I swear I have felt them recently! I Thought I was crazy! Glad to hear I’m not alone.

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  • alison November 28, 2012, 10:15 am

    Oh my god! This is a thing!? I’ve just been blaming it on gas and worried I was preggo again! (I’m not) I thought I was crazy!

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    • alison November 28, 2012, 10:18 am

      And I counted the weeks to IUD too…like no Alison, a 4 week old baby could not be kicking…or alternatively, “No Alison, you’d know if you were 7 months pregnant.”

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  • Jessenia November 28, 2012, 10:16 am

    I had my son 3 months ago and I definitely know what you mean. Sometimes when I’m laying on the couch I start to feel little pops or kicks but I think it’s just gas bubbles lol!

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  • Jen @ Little-Crumbs November 28, 2012, 10:17 am

    I don’t feel the ‘kicks’, but I do sometimes feel as though I’m pregnant still. I also have an IUD, but still took a test just to be extra sure. You’re not alone, my little one is almost 4 months.

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  • Katy @MonsterProof November 28, 2012, 10:21 am

    I don’t know when they went away? My son is 18m now, and I don’t feel them anymore, but I did for the longest time.

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  • Ali November 28, 2012, 10:21 am

    My son is 8 and I still feel phantom fluttery kicks. It always makes me take pause and do period math.

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    • Heather November 28, 2012, 11:28 am

      My son will be 8 next week, and I still feel them also….every once in a blue moon. Miss that baby inside me feeling….

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      • simone September 25, 2013, 11:14 am

        I totally understand how you feel I miss that being pregnant feeling as well and these phantom kicks are just a tease

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    • Shimi June 10, 2013, 5:45 pm

      Lol @ period math! That’s good I’m gonna borrow that. I do it every month!

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  • Kasia November 28, 2012, 10:31 am

    My baby is 6 weeks old, I don’t feel kicks but I wake up at night thinking he is next to me, when in fact he is in his bassinet. I remember you saying you felt this also. Motherhood is so powerful.

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  • Jaye November 28, 2012, 10:38 am

    I’m banking on “they may never go away!” My daughter is almost 18 months and I still get them now! It’s so frustrating sometimes – and yes, I have taken pregnancy tests because I am THAT PARANOID.

    They aren’t nearly as frequent now as they were in the first 6 months, but definitely still there. I think it’s uterine spasms though because I can even feel it if I touch my hand to my belly. Now that is freaky :)

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    • sheba January 31, 2013, 2:45 pm

      You described me exactly! My son is 20 months now and I still feel the kicks ALL THE TIME ..like 3 times a day (and multiple “kicks” at a time). my husband thought i was crazy until one time i felt it and then put his hand on my stomach and he felt it and freaked out! needless to say I took a pregnancy test (twice acttually because i REALLY thought i was pregnant) but i wasnt…..definitely has to be uterine spasms but ill feel it multiple times in a minute so i dont know its just SO weird.

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  • Heather November 28, 2012, 10:41 am

    Yup sure did- I was convinced I was pregnant. I still get them every once in awhile, almost 11 months later.

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  • Ellen November 28, 2012, 10:49 am

    YES! I get them too. I never heard of phantom kicks till you posted this, but I am absolutely certain I feel something in my uterus that feels like baby kicks. My baby was born in August so I am 3.5 months PP and I still get them. I think it is sweet and it brings me back to when I was pregnant with him and I could feel him kicking, but no one else could. I miss it but I am most definitely not ready to have another baby!

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  • jamie November 28, 2012, 10:50 am

    My daughter is eight months old and I still get them! I think, my belly pooch could mean I’m pregnant, not that I haven’t lost my baby weight! But, no preggers here either.

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  • Shorty November 28, 2012, 10:57 am

    Loving the Target tank. I have one in each color, haha! Such a good deal…

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  • Carly November 28, 2012, 11:18 am

    Hi Caitlin! Did you end up posting a review of your Paraguard IUD? I’m curious about how your experience has been since insertion, as I’m thinking of getting one…
    Thanks! :)

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    • Caitlin November 28, 2012, 11:35 am

      I briefly talked about it in a post. But basically I think it’s a really good option. It did hurt going in but I also think that I have some physical issues that made insertion more painful. Hopefully my experience was worse than average. I like the idea lot I haven’t had any side effects and it’s nice not have to worry about remembering to take the pill.

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      • alison November 28, 2012, 12:40 pm

        Mine didn’t hurt at all! I kept holding. My breath waiting for it to hit me and then she said, “you’re all set!”…so I think it just depends because my pain tolerance is very very low.

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        • Carly November 29, 2012, 9:09 am

          Okay, thanks for the info ladies! :)

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  • Nikki November 28, 2012, 11:24 am

    YES! My son is 5 and I still get them. I had to look it up at first too, because it was really freaking me out!

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  • Becca November 28, 2012, 11:28 am

    how is the IUD? I have been seriously considering it but concern about the complications/pain? It does seem the best option if the pill is not a good one and if I have allergies. Would love to know your follow up thoughts….I have not found many people who use it but I think it sounds like a good option!

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    • Caitlin November 28, 2012, 11:35 am

      I answered this question above!

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  • Tracy November 28, 2012, 11:31 am

    YES!!!! Then you figure out its just your stomach playing tricks on you. The worst is when you stop breastfeeding though. That “milk coming in” feeling stays with me for awhile!

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    • Jessica November 28, 2012, 2:59 pm

      I didn’t know this was a thing! But I have been having it lately thought I was imagining it (I stopped breastfeeding in August). Thank you for sharing this. I get the phantom kicks too, especially the day after I do an intense ab workout. I think it’s just my abs twitching.

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  • Vicki November 28, 2012, 11:38 am

    Yep! Totally get them. Right after giving birth is when they were the strongest (and made me so sad), but 4 months out I still get them at random times during the day.

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  • Morgan November 28, 2012, 11:50 am

    I had those for a while, I think they went away around the one year mark. My daughter just turned 2 and I know it has been a while since I felt them. So strange! Although I have to admit I kind of liked it because I missed the kicks, ha!

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  • Tammy Root November 28, 2012, 12:13 pm

    haha! I totally felt phantom kicks about a month ago, to the point that I took a pregnancy test!!!!!!!! Negative — thankfully. ;)

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  • Katy Widrick November 28, 2012, 12:15 pm

    ME. Especially when I nurse. It’s so weird. I also feel phantom contractions sometimes.

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  • Katie November 28, 2012, 12:22 pm

    Wow I have never heard of this! So interesting.

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  • lisa November 28, 2012, 12:27 pm

    I get them all the time too! I actually said something to my husband. My daughter is 10 months old!

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  • Kara November 28, 2012, 12:37 pm

    OMG, it’s so funny you mention this! I just read about how some people actually can have twins and not know it and one can continue to be inside the mom for up to 2 years after the birth of the other twin! Maybe those aren’t phantom kicks after all!

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    • Caitlin November 28, 2012, 12:39 pm

      Whaaaat. No!

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      • Kara November 28, 2012, 12:41 pm

        Yeah. I hope the twin is a girl so you can reuse outfits.

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    • Britney November 28, 2012, 2:03 pm

      That doesn’t make any sense… How could that happen? Where did you read that?

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      • Caitlin November 28, 2012, 2:41 pm

        I think Kara is pulling our legs :)

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        • Maria November 28, 2012, 4:32 pm

          This is hilarious. Caitlin, to bad you can’t save it and use it for April’s Fool. The twin you weren’t aware of is now being born. :)

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  • Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen November 28, 2012, 12:44 pm

    My son is 7, and I still get those PBK’s. I’m not sure they’ll ever go away, but they make me feel nostalgic, so I guess it’s not a bad thing :)

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  • Lindsay November 28, 2012, 12:50 pm

    SO glad you posted this! I have been feeling them since Edith was born as well but I thought I was just crazy!

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  • Amanda K. November 28, 2012, 1:03 pm

    i totally had them. sherry petersik blogged about them and i remember reading it and thinking it sounded soooo weird, but after my son was born (not immediately after…it started when he was a few months old) i’d feel kicks in the morning.
    sometimes i’d even put my hand on my stomach and could feel “the baby” kicking. so weird.

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  • Katie November 28, 2012, 1:30 pm

    I didnt know this was a thing! I still feel them 13.5 months out!

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  • Claire Zulkey November 28, 2012, 1:52 pm

    WHOAH. Thank you for this post. I was trying to figure out what on earth was going on with me. I have totally been feeling these but haven’t been doing any sort of ab work (oops) that would merit muscle twinges. I even wondered if it was somehow possible I was pregnant again and the tiniest fetus was kicking me.

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  • Debbie November 28, 2012, 2:03 pm

    Wow…I didn’t realize it was a real thing either…I still get them and my son is two. Sometimes I feel like I feel the heartbeat. Weird!

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  • Jennifer November 28, 2012, 3:56 pm

    Got the phantom kicks, coupled with a FALSE POSITIVE pregnancy test! Took a blood test on a Friday and spent the whole weekend thinking I was preggers again. Wild!

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  • Debby H November 28, 2012, 5:13 pm

    My baby is 16 yrs old, and I still feel them once in a while!!

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  • deb November 28, 2012, 5:17 pm

    I’m 8 months post partum and I still feel them every once in awhile. I definitely do a double take when I do.. and get a bit nervous ;)

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  • erin November 28, 2012, 9:12 pm

    I don’t feel baby kicks but at 230pm everyday at work I have the urge that I need to pump milk…its been 2 years since I pumped…it is a tightness like my left breast is full…it is so strange!

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  • Michelle November 29, 2012, 3:24 pm

    My baby is nearly 9 months old and I still get the odd phantom baby kick at night when in bed but more often I get the wake in the middle of the night patting down the bed checking for the baby.

    My husband now just tells me that she is in bed and I can go back to sleep. It is so bizzare as we have never had her on or in our bed.

    And we are not doing any formal sleep training but have just had 2 nights in a row of her sleeping through the night. Fingers crossed it continues.
    She started sleeping through at 2 months and stopped when she hit the 4 month sleep regression so I am so excited that this continues.

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  • Holly November 29, 2012, 8:34 pm

    I still feel the phantom kicks and have a 15 month old – they’re much less frequent now. One every two weeks or so!

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  • Haley November 30, 2012, 2:04 am

    I have those too!!! I kept thinking they were just random gas because, let’s be honest, I haven’t had enough sex with the hubs [plus it's all been protected] since the babe came along, but it’s good to know I’m not the only one!

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  • Rebecca January 7, 2013, 12:10 pm

    I mentioned to my GP that I sometimes still felt “baby kicks”. She smiled sweetly and nodded. She said it may be similar to sympathy pains some husbands feel during their wives’ pregnancies. She went on to say it was probably gas… I’ve had two children w/in 18mo and didn’t feel them after my first (while not pregnant). My second is 4mo and I’ve been feeling PBKs randomly for awhile. I’m relieved to know it’s common and will think of them as a fun little souvenir of my time being pregnant. I’ll miss them if/when they go away.

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  • Isabel March 9, 2013, 3:15 am

    My baby is 7 months & 5 days. I feel baby kicks like if i was 4-5 months pregnant. I can also feel them with my hand like if i really had a baby kicking insode me. I feel a bump & my stomach moves. All my blood work & urine tests come out negative. Sometimes my husband says ima come out in the show “I didn’t know I was Pregnant” haha, but i think he’s crazy. I just want to know what is wrong with me?!

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  • Denise April 11, 2013, 2:55 am

    I’m feeling them right now, an my youngest child is 9-1/2!

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  • jasmine April 29, 2013, 5:14 pm

    Yes! Me too! My daughter is six months old, and I’m still feeling them. I’ve felt them a couple times a week since she was born. So bizarre!

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  • Kristen @ The Concrete Runner May 2, 2013, 11:29 am

    Caitlyn, I know this post is really old now, but when I googled it, your site came up and I must have missed this post! MacKenna’s 18 months now and I have been feeling “kicks” in the same spot for the past week! It’s driving me insane! At one point last week, I swear it felt like a baby limb rolling across. If I didn’t have an IUD in, I would swear there was a baby kicking in there!

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  • Erika June 8, 2013, 1:17 am

    My daughter will be 3 in September and I’ve been feeling phantom kicks for the last 3 days. Its crazy! Sometimes I wake up because of them and I’m super confused for a moment. lol

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  • Shimi June 10, 2013, 5:43 pm

    Lol… My youngest is 13 and yesterday I felt 8 kicks! But no baby.

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  • Shameria July 16, 2013, 1:19 pm

    I thought I was going crazy because my son turned 5mths yesterday and I feel kicks all the time. I said it out loud to someone and they looked at me weird so I didn’t mention it again lol

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  • Kaylah August 1, 2013, 9:22 pm

    You are NOT alone! I got PBK’s after my son was born. The feeling made me want to have baby number 2. I felt FBK’s into the first month of pregnancy before they went away. They started up again today, my 2nd is now 6 1/2 months. I felt a rolling motion then looked at my stomach and actually saw it twitching. Apparently its completely normal and is just your uterus “remembering” what it was like with a baby inside… Funny story i want to have another little one, the kicks only make me want another even more :-)

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  • LynnAshley September 17, 2013, 10:48 pm

    Thank god for the internet and awesome moms like you all. I seriously thought I was just going insane! I’m 3months pp (I’m not very familar with the abbreviated lingo) but sometimes when I sit still I feel a little “pop”. So glad to know I’m not alone!

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  • katrina October 5, 2013, 2:09 pm

    I had my son 9 months ago and since its cost me £30 odd pound in tests since because of phantom kicks.i get them all day everyday and they vary from the little butterfly feeling at the beginning to full blown turning movements.if I rest my hands on my stomach you can still see my stomach jump and move when I get them its strange.

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  • Jocelyn October 25, 2013, 10:33 am

    I felt them last night while nursing!! I also thought I was pregnant again so I freaked out a little, but if I was the oldest he/she could be would be 5 weeks, and there’s no way I could feel those….right?!?! Glad I’m not alone!

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  • Naomi December 2, 2013, 2:28 am

    I have the same feeling I have never had a baby but I did have 2 miscarriages when I was younger

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  • paytonsmommy December 13, 2013, 1:04 am

    my daughter is 2 today and i STILL feel them! it has me going insane sometimes! lol

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  • Kayla Horsley January 13, 2014, 2:57 pm

    My daughter was born 5 months ago and i still feel kicks also. I thought i was crazy or maybe thought oh no could i possibly be pregnant again? I am so glad i looked on here to see if i was crazy. Its so awesome to see that other women still have these i dont feel so crazy anymore.

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  • tasha January 14, 2014, 10:25 pm

    My kids are 15 and 11 YEARS OLD! No, they don’t go away.Matter of fact,they became more frequent in the past 2 years.

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  • Kim February 6, 2014, 11:12 pm

    My daughter will be 3 next month and i just had one the other day :) i love them!!! A little reminder of how special those 9 months were <3

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  • Leighanne March 26, 2014, 6:50 pm

    I have wondered about this for a while, and I’m glad that I am not alone. My girls are 3 yo and 15 months, and I still will get them occasionally. It is so crazy!! I am also not pregnant :-) . I never felt the same feelings before I was pregnant, so Idk, but it is a fun and interesting sensation.

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  • Moran March 28, 2014, 7:35 am

    Happens to me all the time! Hehe, then without fail, 10 minutes later I have to pass gas… Oh the joys of a post baby body.

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  • Angela March 28, 2014, 8:32 am

    I feel them a few times a week. It drives me nuts sometimes. To the point where I got paranoid and started taking home tests. They feel so real, then I had a dream that I went for my yearly and my Dr. was like “did you know your pregnant” ha. And I ended up being about 5 months!!!! So with the dream and these “phantom kicks”. I’m just going crazy. My youngest son is 18 months. My oldest will be 3 in April. So I really didn’t have time to experience these after my first pregnancy because well, I was really pregnant… I really want to know what causes these. There are times where I feel like there’s something flipping around in there!!

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  • trista April 17, 2014, 7:57 pm

    God thank you, my son is over a year and a half now, and its been freaking me out from pretty much the moment I was healed afterwards. Sometimes I would swear they are real and I never heard anything about them and was kinda worried something might be wrong with me because I’m on the pill and my period is completely regular.

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  • Jeanne April 26, 2014, 10:56 pm

    I felt them 4 months after my first baby was born. I felt them for a full year and a half. They went away as soon as I was pregnant with baby # 2. Like clockwork , 4 months postnatal with baby 2 I felt them again. Sometimes really hard. I still have them 6 months later.

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  • Brittany May 16, 2014, 12:48 pm

    I just started having them almost daily recently and my son is 19 months old. At first it freaked me out too, but once I read about this I was pretty confident it wasn’t a baby. My husband had a vasectomy and we hadn’t been intimate since my last period, so it didn’t make any sense. Not to mention I’ve lost all my weight and more due to regular breastfeeding, so unless this baby is TINY, there’s NO way! I just wish doctors had a better answer as to what it really is. Is my baby pooch going to tighten up the more phantom kicks I get?? That would be GREAT!! Plus, I love the feeling. I loved being pregnant (I hardly had any symptoms to deal with at all) so anything that reminds me of that makes my day. :)

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  • Stevie June 29, 2014, 1:47 am

    My daughter is now 5 years old and I still have phantom kicks idk if it will ever go away gor me…

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  • Jorge July 2, 2014, 4:01 am

    I’m so so relieved to hear that this is a thing!! We’ve done 2 tests (negative) a month ago and the kicks are getting stronger/more frequent!! No way I’m pregnancy but I shall be doing another test shortly to confirm that my nervous system is just going nuts! Baby’s have such a vast range of peculiar effects on your body!!

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  • megan July 18, 2014, 9:53 pm

    My youngest is 2 1/2 and I’ve experienced them ever since I got my IUD, about a year and a half ago. In fact I’m experiencing it at the moment. I can even feel it with my hand. It’s very weird.

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  • casey July 23, 2014, 3:44 am

    My daughter will be 4 on sunday and I still get them! I also have the IUD.

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  • Heather September 22, 2014, 6:10 pm

    It’s been over 3 years…and they just started up. I had a tubal and a uterus ablasion after my last baby….3 years ago… which I deeply regret. At my ablasion surgery I awoke screaming for my baby… :’( (I had severe bleeding after my son and figured with a tubal I may as well have the ablasion…it was a year after he was born that I had that done.)

    Every night for the last 2 weeks I have a dream I am holding a baby and rocking back and forth…. :’(

    now I am extremely tired, sick to my stomach off and on, and feeling movements. I was scared to say anything because I am questioning my sanity. Ha.ha!

    Glad I am not alone in feeling phantom kicks. Thanks for sharing. Thought I must be daffy. <3

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  • Brooklyn September 24, 2014, 12:38 am

    I had my son nine months ago and I have freaked myself out so bad over these phantom kicks. Haha. I have them every night when I lay in bed. I have taken so many pregnancy tests because of the paranoia that comes with these things!

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  • Kat September 26, 2014, 11:28 am

    I had my daughter 1 year and 1 month ago today and I FEEL KICKS ALL THE TIME!! It does drive me nuts even though every month I’m assured by mother nature that I’m not! I have the Paraguard IUD and was feeling insecure and thought, well maybe I am pregnant but I really don’t want to be!! And so I was thinking about getting a test but now that i see there are others in a similar situation i don’t feel so weird anymore, I guess I’ll wait it out!

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  • Katarina Smiley Pound September 28, 2014, 5:27 am

    My baby is 14 months old and i still feel them.

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  • Marilyn September 29, 2014, 2:02 am

    Did you ever find out what caused this? I have had the same thing happens to me last few days. My son. Thought I was nuts till he saw my stomach move and he felt it. Let me know

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  • kadance October 13, 2014, 10:31 am

    OMG yes same with the iud with me! I’m convinced I got prego but my dates wouldn’t line up with a kicking baby! I need to take a pregnancy test to be fore sure. They feel so real!

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  • Jane October 20, 2014, 2:41 am

    My babies are two and four and this happens to me all the time! I told my grandmother (74 year old) about it and she told me a great story about how she’s had a big laught at her new doctor’s expense, when she told him she felt phantom baby kicks – at 65, 31 years after she’d had a hysterectomy. Haha. Happens to a lot of us it seems!

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  • Ashlea October 22, 2014, 4:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, thank you!
    I’ve been worrying myself sick the last few months.
    My son is 8 months old, and when I sit in silence I feel ‘kicks’, exactly the same as when I was pregnant!
    I’ve taken a billion home tests, got a blood test (and the Dr thought I was crazy, but gave me the test anyways) and everything was negative! It’s been so frustrating :p
    I’m so glad I’m not the only one!

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