18 Weeks Pregnant: Your Weekly Pregnancy Guide

18 Weeks Pregnant: Your Weekly Pregnancy Guide

Welcome to the fifth month of being pregnant! At 18 weeks pregnant you’re ⅓ of the best way by means of the second trimester and simply getting into being pregnant month 5. Reaching being pregnant week 18 all the time appears like a milestone and also you’re virtually midway by means of your being pregnant already!

Pregnancy Week 18 Guide

On this week’s information we’ll check out what’s new together with your child, signs you is likely to be having, and some issues to suppose by means of earlier than your subsequent ultrasound.

Child’s Development at 18 Weeks Pregnant

Your child continues to develop at a fast tempo. Previously week she’s stretched out one other half inch and placed on over an oz of weight. Child’s at present 5.5 inches lengthy and weighs about 6.5 ounces. That’s roughly the dimensions of a bell pepper or artichoke.

By 18 weeks gestation, your child is extraordinarily energetic and also you’ll start feeling actions anytime (should you haven’t already). His current abilities embrace yawning, hiccuping, and persevering with to observe his sucking and swallowing.

Child’s ear bones at the moment are fashioned and he can hear all types of sounds. Pregnancy week 18 is a superb time for you and your companion to start speaking to child. He’ll change into accustomed to your voice and it is going to be acquainted and comforting as soon as he’s born.

Signs at 18 Weeks Pregnant

Solidly within the second trimester, you’re probably feeling a aid from a lot of the nausea and fatigue that plagued your first trimester. At present pregnant with my sixth child, I’ve felt a noticeable enhance in daytime vitality adopted by excessive fatigue within the evenings. I fight this by doing important duties early within the day and heading to mattress for the evening shortly after my children.

Listed below are some signs you could be experiencing this all through being pregnant week 18:

  • Elevated Urge for food
  • Heartburn
  • Dizziness (upon standing too shortly)
  • Constipation or Hemorrhoids
  • Hassle Sleeping
  • Backache
  • Spherical Ligament Ache
  • Leg Cramps

Whereas the above signs aren’t essentially worrying, they are often bothersome. Strive rising your fluid consumption, maintaining a healthy diet snacks, and keep in mind to make notes to talk together with your physician about how you are feeling at your subsequent appointment.

Your Upcoming Ultrasound

Talking of subsequent appointment, you’re probably scheduled on your mid-pregnancy anatomy scan anytime within the subsequent two weeks. This in-depth ultrasound will present you some superb pictures of your latest member of the family. The ultrasound technician shall be gathering details about:

  • How your child is rising.
  • How your child’s organs have developed.
  • The event of child’s backbone and different bones
  • The place the placenta is positioned.
  • Blood movement by means of the umbilical twine.
  • In case your cervix is closed.

You’ll even have the chance to search out out your child’s gender (if she’s able to permit a peek). You’ll wish to determine forward of time whether or not you’d prefer to know should you’re carrying a boy or lady or if you wish to wait till child’s birthday.

Maybe you need the ultrasound technician to jot down the information down or share it with a member of the family in preparation for a particular gender reveal. No matter you determine is ideal for your loved ones, however attempt to know what you need earlier than heading into your appointment.

Pregnancy Week 18 from Dad’s Perspective

The mid-pregnancy anatomy ultrasound is one thing you DON’T wish to miss. Should you have been there for the primary ultrasound you’ll be able to overlook something you noticed that resembled a small lima bean at 8-weeks in. That is now a child that’s undoubtedly humanoid, full with facial options that resemble what you will note in just a few brief months.

I by no means recover from seeing the newborn shifting round on the display screen, palms opening and shutting, fingers and toes stretching. It’s superior, so do all the things you’ll be able to to be there!

Pregnancy Week 18 Wrap-Up

This week of being pregnant has been thrilling as a result of I’m feeling extra kicks and jabs as our child strikes extra and will get stronger. Whereas child’s motion is not constant but, I do know inside a month or so I’ll start to acknowledge patterns in what parts of the day (or evening) child’s most energetic.

I hope you’ll be a part of me, and my husband, on this being pregnant journey in the direction of assembly our sixth child.