Pregnancy week by week, Pregnancy Care, Tips, Guide Week 18, Month 5

Wondering what to expect from Week - 18

Baby’s Growth

This week, your baby is the size of bell pepper (capsicum); big enough for you to feel his/her movements. The brain and nervous system are rapidly maturing in the baby along with good sensory development. The protective covering of nerves, myelin is forming this week to help in the development and proper functioning of the nervous system after birth. The fetal movements of the baby can be traced by ultrasound scan, so this time you can see your little one yawning, frowning or rolling. Your baby’s genitals will be formed by this week and if it is a girl, then the eggs will already be developing inside her body.

Baby’s Weight

The ideal weight of the baby at the beginning of 5th month is approximately 190 grams (6.70 ounces)

Mother’s Health

This week, you can feel your little sweet pea moving inside your tummy.

You can sense your baby rolling, kicking, twisting etc., as slight flutters and finally you can feel that your pregnancy is real. As the baby’s first movements are usually felt between week 18 and week 22, some women may not have experienced it yet, so do not panic; wait for a week or two and then consult your gynecologist. You might not have a continuous good night rest due to uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms; relax your body through prenatal massages, yoga or aerobics during day time to sleep properly in the night.

Pregnancy Symptoms

You may still experience back pain, heart burn, leg cramps, Edema (swelling in the legs and ankles), bleeding gums and stretch marks. You may also feel other pregnancy symptoms like dizzy head, bloating and gas during week 18.

Pregnancy Tips

  • This time, take your husband along with you for the ultra sound scan so that he can see and connect with the baby emotionally.
  • To avoid edema and backaches, try to relax in a straight posture at regular intervals. Keep your feet on an elevated foot rest to avoid further aches.
  • Perform some simple calf stretches before going to bed to tolerate the leg cramps during the second trimester.
  • Walk regularly or involve yourself in routine fitness activity to avoid body pain and leg cramps.