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Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 18...

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Week 18



This week, your baby is concentrating on increasing in size. As not a lot of new major developments are happening, here are some helpful hints along with the usual updates.

 


Pregnancy MomWhat Is Happening To Your Body

Maintaining healthy habits like eating right, sleeping and getting moderate exercise daily, will help your baby’s growth as well as improve your well-being during and after the pregnancy.


Sleeping may be more difficult as your body grows bigger. Try propping yourself up with pillows to help you find a more comfortable sleeping position. You can also try doing pelvic tilts before lying down. Also, remember to urinate right before going to bed to minimize nighttime bathroom trips.

 

You may also be getting light-headed or dizzy. This is also normal. The only cause for concern is if it happens more than several times a day or severely enough to result in fainting. This is usually caused by moving from one position to another too quickly. The best thing to do is to move slowly when changing positions.

 

Don’t worry if vaginal discharge (usually a whitish color) is increasing as pregnancy continues — this is completely normal.

 

As you’re preparing for life with the baby, an important choice is to select a good pediatrician. This is a good week to start scheduling visits to meet various doctors. You should be aware of the doctor’s appointment availability, immunization scheduling, emergency situations and what insurance they accept. It’s important to feel comfortable with your baby’s doctor so do your homework now and make an educated decision.


Pregnancy BabyWhat Is Happening To Your Baby

Your baby measures 5 to 5.8 inches (12.7 to 14.6 cm) long from crown to rump, or roughly the length of a bell pepper . At this point, your baby weighs about 5.3 ounces (148.8 grams).


Your baby’s ears are approaching their final position. Your baby’s eyes are also beginning to face forward and the retinas may be able to detect light.


Your baby’s bones will continue to harden and the pads for his of her fingers and toes will form. They will gain the characteristic swirls and creases that form finger and toe prints.


The meconium (early fecal waste matter) will start to collect in the baby’s intestines. The baby’s heart is starting to build up muscle and pump about 25 to 30 quarts of blood a day.

 

 

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Ultrasound images courtesy of GE Healthcare

 

The clinical images and information presented in this application represent normal fetal growth during a typical pregnancy.  The images and information are to be used for educational purposes only  and not for diagnostic purposes.  Please consult a licensed physician regarding any specific questions pertaining to your pregnancy.

 

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