18 weeks pregnant

18 weeks pregnant

Your Developing baby-

• When you’re 18 weeks pregnant, Your baby measures about 5.6 inches (15cm) this week and weighs about 6.7 ounces (190gm)
• Vernix (a white cheese-like protective material) forms on baby’s skin to protect your baby’s skin.
• His vocal chords are formed. He goes through the motions of crying, but without air, he doesn’t make a sound.
• Talk to your baby, he can hear your voice.
• Your baby’s eyes are also developing — the retinas may be able to detect the beam of a flashlight if you hold it to your abdomen.
• When you’re 18 weeks of pregnant, tiny air sacs called alveoli begin to form in the lungs. He’ll be putting these lungs to good use in just a few months!
• Your baby’s bones had been developing but were still soft. This week, they begin to harden.

Ultrasound – During the ultrasound scan when you’re 18 weeks pregnant, you might see your baby kick, flex, roll, or even suck his thumb. See if your partner can come along to share the thrilling sight of your baby, and ask if you can have images from the scan. Features of your baby’s heart, including ventricles and chambers, should be visible during an ultrasound.

If you’re having a girl, the vagina, uterus (womb), and fallopian tubes are in place. If it’s a boy, his genitals will be distinct and recognizable in ultrasound.

Your changing body –
Start taking rest in between your daily routine. Be sure you should now prefer to sleep in a side-lying position, you may try placing a pillow behind you or under your hip or upper leg for comfort.

Now, backache and headache are the most common issue with you.

18 weeks pregnant – Sign and Symptoms
• This week you might have noticed your Swollen feet and/or hands. These are the common pregnancy symptom, so don’t worry about it as long as the swelling isn’t too severe.
• Backaches. Baby’s putting a lot of pressure as he is growing day by day.
• Varicose veins, because of extra pressure on your circulatory system.
• Trouble sleeping. Your mind is working overtime and you’re getting more and more uncomfortable.

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Bibliography-

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