There's something enchanting about a burgeoning new life. A pregnant woman generally attracts a degree of attention from those around her, but when the tiny being inside her begins stirring, people want to feel it.
This can lead to some tender moments, particularly if it's done by the father connecting with the baby, or a young child learning what it means to have a younger sibling. It can also lead to some awkward moments, particularly if the mother-to-be Hates Being Touched. This is something mostly reserved for family members or close friends.
Compare Hand on Womb, which is used as an announcement of a pregnancy.
- Us and Them: In the sequel Life Renewed, Love Renewed, after receiving the news that they are expecting, Sephiroth is lying in bed with Aeris, putting his hand on her stomach to feel their child even though it's still too early for that. Later, he keeps trying to feel it, but every time he does the baby stops moving.
- Hyperemisis Gravidarum, by A.A. Pessimal, follows the hitherto unknown phenomena, in a previously male-only world, of pregnant Assassins in Ankh-Morpork. Johanna Smith-Rhodes feels her unborn infant kicking vigorously, concedes there's certainly a Guild-pleasingly aggressive streak in there, and gloomily wonders if pregancy has somehow put a climbing wall in her womb, judging by the degree of movement going on.
- In the Star Trek: Enterprise fanfiction Rights and Privileges, Hoshi is pregnant and offers to let Trip feel the baby kicking. This offends Shran, because with his species, public pregnancy is taboo.
- In Truth Through Mirrors by beautifulpurpleflame, Beast Boy and Raven offer the rest of the team to feel their baby kicking. After Cyborg receives a hit to the cheek (the metallic parts of him lack proper feeling, so that's what he had to press against Raven's belly), he remarks that the baby already seems to be kicking harder than daddy.
- In the A Song of Ice and Fire fanfic Safe Anchorage, Jeyne feels her baby kicking afer Asha's Declaration of Protection, and says the baby must have heard it too.
- Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: Ellie is pregnant throughout the film and the signs that her baby is about to be born come in the form of kicks that she feels throughout the film... Which unfortunately pop out at the worst possible moments while the Herd attempts to rescue Sid from the dinosaur world.
Film - Live Action
- Revenge of the Sith has a quick scene of Anakin putting his hand on Padmé's stomach to feel their baby (or rather babies) kicking, one of a few moments of them getting to be a normal couple before everything goes to hell. The novelization expands on this scene, with Anakin remarking that with a kick that strong the baby is "definitely a girl". He's half-right...and he's defintely right about his daughter.
- In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, Greg recounts his life before he was born. He hated when his parents would kiss, so he would kick to try to get them to stop, but that only made them kiss more.
- In Ramona Quimby, the book "Ramona Forever" has Mrs. Quimby pregnant with Roberta. When Ramona asks Mrs. Quimby if the baby hurts, she replies that it doesn't hurt, but it does kick and invites Ramona to feel the baby kicking.
- Played for Drama in the fourth Twilight novel, Breaking Dawn. Bella becomes pregnant with a half-vampire, half-human baby; the baby is much stronger than normal and accidentally bruises her and breaks her ribs when it kicks.
- Referenced in We Need to Talk About Kevin, when Eva reflects on her first pregnancy. Aside from not particularly wanting to be a mother, she was particularly annoyed and upset by people who only wanted to talk about the unborn child, and wanted to feel him kick, which resulted in multiple people putting their hands on her belly without asking first. She understandably was very uncomfortable with this.
- Stargate Atlantis: When Atlantis goes into lockdown during the episode "Quarantine", Sheppard and Teyla are stuck in a room together. Sheppard is certain Teyla, who is near the end of her pregnancy, is going to go into labor at any moment, because in the movies a pregnant woman always goes into labor at times like this. A few scenes later, it seems like his prediction is about to come true but it's just the baby kicking, and she invites him to come feel.
- On Passions, when Luis tried to be supportive of his ex-girlfriend Beth's pregnancy, he wants to feel his baby move at one point but he never does. Understandably, this was impossible since Beth was pretending to be pregnant by using a bag of sugar in an effort to keep him away from Sheridan, who was genuinely pregnant by him but unsure if he or his brother Antonio was the father.
- In The Originals: As Hayley is giving birth she remembers when she invited Klaus to feel baby Hope kick.
- The Big Bang Theory: In "The Fetal Kick Catalyst", Howard feels his unborn baby kick for the first time, which causes him to fully realize he's about to be a father. He subsequently goes overboard preparing to be a parent.
- The Drew Carey Show: The Story Arc where Drew spends several months unemployed and/or working crappy jobs begins with Wick admitting that he squandered some of the company's money and telling Drew that the budget can be balanced if he fires one employee. Overjoyed, Drew goes over to Mimi's desk, but as he's about to fire her, Mimi says that she felt her baby (his nephew) kick her. Not wanting to be the guy who fired a pregnant woman, much less one carrying his brother's child, he looks for another employee to fire.
- Star Trek:
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: In Star Trek: The Next Generation S5E5 "Disaster" Keiko O'Brien and her husband Miles are in Ten Forward. She offers to let Riker and Worf feel her baby kick. Later they are trapped in Ten Forward when the titular disaster happens. Worf ends up being midwife to the child's Screaming Birth.
- In Star Trek: Voyager, the episode "Lineage" ends with the EMH feeling B'Elanna's fetus kicking. He jokes that the baby is "feisty" and it must be genetic.
- One episode of Cheers opened with pregnant Lilith arriving at the bar with Frasier. She says she felt the baby kick and the gang goes over to feel for it. Woody says that he heard it move, but Frasier tells them that it was his own indigestion. Woody then feels his tummy and the others join in.
- In The Young Ones, Vyvyan claims to be pregnant in one episode. At one point, he says "The baby's kicking!"; when Rick leans in to hear it, the "baby" kicks Rick so hard in the ear that Rick doubles over in pain. Vyvyan loudly exclaims "That's my boy!".
- In the first part of the Sesame Street 3-part episode, "Three Bears and a New Baby", after the Bear family hug each other when Mama tells Baby Bear that they'll still have the same amount of love for each other as they did before, their hug is interrupted by Baby Bear's new baby sister, Curly, kicking from inside Mama. Baby Bear is impressed when he finds out that a baby can move around inside its mother, and Mama allows him to feel Curly kick.
- In the Malcolm in the Middle episode where Lois has a Pregnancy Scare, a Flash Back shows her when she was nine months pregnant with Reese, and throughout the memory, Lois complains about how the fetus keeps kicking her repeatedly. At the OBG/YN room, Lois decides to induce labor to get the baby out so he'll stop kicking her. Once baby Reese is born, the first thing he does is punch the doctor in the nose.
- Final Fantasy X-2: When the Gullwings come to visit Wakka and Lulu, who are getting ready for their first child, they go off to talk to Lulu by themselves. After a while, Lulu pauses, saying the baby is moving, and Rikku skips over saying she want to feel.
- The Sims 3: Sims interacting with a heavily pregnant Sim can ask to feel their tummy.
- Family Guy: In "Lethal Weapons", Bonnie feels her baby kicking and invites Peter to feel it. Because she had been taking taijutsu lessons, the unborn child gives Peter one hell of a kick to the face.
Peter: Oh, you are freakin' dead, kid!
- Futurama: In "The Route of All Evil", Bender decides to try brewing beer at home, with Fry and Leela using his metal body as a fermenting tank. He treats himself as if he's pregnant, with all of them acting like the fermentation is an analogue to a baby kicking.
Bender: [burps] Oh my god! I just felt it ferment!
Leela: Ooh! Let me feel! [Fry and Leela gather around, with Fry putting his hand on Bender's belly, and Leela her ear.]