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Fetal Development: Week 18

Week 18 of your Pregnancy

Your baby can now hear sounds such as your heartbeat and stomach gurgling.

Pregnancy Week 18Flexing and bending his/her arms and legs and practicing all kinds of movements, he/she will soon make his/her presence felt.

The tiny nerve cells of your baby continue to develop with the nerves now being covered by a protective substance called myelin.

Baby is about 6 inches or 15 cm long from head to rump and weighs about 5½ ounces or 156 grams.

What to Expect

Your uterus is about the size of a melon. Have a feel – the top of your uterus sits about two fingers’ width below your navel.

Something to look forward to – your second trimester ultrasound which is usually around week 18 to 20.

The sonographer will examine all your baby’s organs and take measurements to check the development of your baby. If you wish, you may also be able to find out the gender of your baby.

In first time pregnancies, quickening or tiny fluttering movements can be felt any time from week 18, so watch out for those first signs! It is impossible to not smile when you first become aware of them!

Tips for Week 18

Be careful with bending and lifting and ensure you bend your knees and not your spine.

Have you started making a list of baby names? Jot down some of your top choices.

 

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