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One of the joys of gestation is when you get to feel the baby kick for the first time. It grounds you in a way like nothing else. Feeling another life form moving inside you is that moment where you cannot deny how amazing life can be. Most women will tell you how lovely this part of pregnancy is, because it really is pretty neat. For a while, that is.

I first started feeling my son move very early on. Once you’ve been down this road, and depending on your body type, the fetus’ movements are easier to detect. But as you move further along with the process, and the baby gets bigger, it becomes less cute and more and more like the movie Alien. Elbows and feet and hips find their way into your bones and organs, and often at the most inconvenient of times, mostly at night.

The only thing worse than the constant fetal churning is when it hasn’t happened in a while. Getting that far in a pregnancy only to stop feeling movement is one of the most worrying experiences. The panic that overwhelms you as you fear for the worst is truly awful. Luckily for me, so far, that panic is short lived and my little one goes right back to figuring out his limited real estate among my inner organs.