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What is responsible for the earliest fetal movements?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Interestingly, since the spinal cord is further advanced in development than the brain for most of your pregnancy, it's responsible for the fetal movements and reflexes you feel as kicks. In the last few months of pregnancy, the hemispheres of the brain grow and thicken and start taking more control over the rest of the baby's body.
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