An important aspect of the pregnancy journey, ultrasounds help check on your baby’s growth milestones. At this stage, doctors will look for any signs of medical complications.
Healthy Snacking and Birthing Classes!
As your hunger keeps increasing with a growing baby, add healthy snacks every three hours or between meals. Also, now is the time to enrol for the ante-natal classes and prenatal yoga sessions to help you during labor and childbirth.
At week 18, you’re in the fifth month!
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 Length: 14.2 cm
Baby’s Weight: 190 g
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’s rest due to uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms; relax your body through prenatal massages, yoga or aerobics during day time to sleep properly at night.
The famous pregnancy cravings will land this week. As your appetite increases, you’ll find yourself craving various kinds of foods.
As your heart starts working extra to meet the growing body’s demand, your blood pressure might lower from time to time. All this might make you feel dizzy if you suddenly get up while sitting or lying down.
Some women may develop snoring, partly due to the growing belly and partly due to change in sleep position.
As the growing belly shifts your center of gravity, it could leave you feeling dizzy and lightheaded. So take extra care during fitness sessions. Wear flat footwear as heels can make you fall during your bouts of unsteadiness.