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Pregnancy Week 18

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Week 17                                                              Week 19

How cool it would have been if we had pouch like kangaroos where we can keep our little ones safe and warm…

Well, what a random thought  to have! Now, its time to officially welcome you into the 18th Week of the pregnancy. This is the week when your baby will be able to start listening to your heartbeat.

How big is your baby kangaroo?

As big as a medium sized sweet potato (~6 inch long) and weighs about 160 grams.

Baby’s Growth

Hair is growing on baby’s scalp now. Baby is now able to respond to sounds and may even get startled by any sudden noise (Shhh…baby on board!)

Baby’s nerves are growing an insulating and protective fatty cover known as myelin sheath, this will continue till baby is 1 year old. Baby’s genitalia (external and internal) are formed and are in their place.

Your 18 Week Pregnant Belly

Your baby still have got plenty of space inside the uterus since it is still very small. This gives baby enough room to do jumping jacks and somersaults. Don’t be surprised if you start feeling some strong kicks. Make sure you share some of that joy with the baby’s daddy too.. and make him feel like he’s not going to be dad in another 5 months, He is a dad NOW 🙂

Your Symptoms

Low Blood Pressure: All that extra blood poured into your circulatory system and dilated blood vessels can result into lowering of blood pressure. Normal BP is 120/80 mm Hg. anything low than that is considered out of norm. Low BP during the pregnancy is a common occurrence. Your healthcare provider will check your BP at every visit. Here are certain signs to keep an eye on…

  • blurred vision
  • dizziness especially when standing or sitting
  • pale skin

Avoid waking up or standing up suddenly. And if any of these signs persists, call your doctor immediately. Take care of your BP for a healthy pregnancy.

Nap time: Drowsiness can get overwhelming as your body is working 24X7 for the baby making. So make sure to steal some quick naps even from your busy schedule.

Swelling: You might start noticing swelling in both hands and in feet, it is a common occurrence. Do not let the swollen feet deter you from taking your daily walks.

Varicose Veins: Varicose Veins are swollen veins that have become enlarged and sometimes even twisted. All that extra blood causes the veins to swell. These can be clearly seen as a blue line running down your leg.

Nosebleed: Again blame the increased blood flow causing veins in the nose to burst! If this happens, just pinch your nose for few minutes to stop the flow.

 

Your Pregnancy Week 18 Checklist

  • Avoid any household chores that may require you to make any sudden movement or lift anything heavy.
  • Take Quick Naps.
  • Start Sleeping on your side.
  • Schedule your mid pregnancy ultrasound
  • Continue taking your prenatals.

Present content is not a medical advise nor should it be substituted for one. Please consult a certified medical professional for medical consultation.

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