You’re 18 weeks pregnant, you are mid-way to birth. All the symptoms of morning sickness you had earlier on, almost gone but there are other pregnancy symptoms to face. Your little one growth is consistent and your weight gain increases as well. Here is what to expect through the week 18.
18 Weeks Pregnant: How Are You?
The changes occurring in your body are tremendous. Hope it’s not a teen pregnancy because people whom you never told will starts noticing your growing tummy. At this time, most women wear maternity clothes to free them self from the causal wears wore in early pregnancy weeks.
There are also other changes that no one can see. The cardiovascular system is usually affected by pregnancy and can make pregnant women experience low blood pressure. That’s why it’s very essential for a pregnant woman to go from a lying or sitting position to a standing position slowly. This helps to decrease the amount of dizziness you may experience.
During week 18 and several upcoming weeks, you may also starts feeling your first baby movements like a flutter sensation going on in your pelvis. You may also have aches and pains in your legs, tailbone, and other muscles.
18 Weeks Pregnant: How Is Your Baby?
Your baby is now around 16 cm (6.29 inches) long and weighs .16 kg (5 ½ ounces). By this week 18, your little one starts to hear sounds such as your heart beating in your body and may even move suddenly at loud noises.
A protective guard called myelin starts to form around the baby nerves. This myelin will continue to form even up to a year after birth.
Fattening is also being deposited all over your baby’s body and teeth begin to spring up.
If it’s a baby boy, his genital should have be visible to captured in your next antenatal care visit. But some time, it may seem not easy to see the genitals. Don’t be shocked if you’ve not seen them yet.
And also if your baby is a girl, her Fallopian tubes and uterus have set themselves into the right place.
What Pregnancy Symptoms To Expect?
It’s normal to face some complication during fetal conception months. You may experience mild symptoms such as increased energy level but sometime bouts of fatigue. When you feel weak, spending some time to have good sleep will raise you up again.
Body aches such as back or thigh pain may develop in your second trimester. Since your uterus is expanding at a constant rate causing your stomach to be push-out, may results to back aches. Baby’s growth can also exert extra pressure on your pelvic bones. A good massage or hot or cold compresses may help ease back aches.
You should also watch out for legs cramps as they are common in most women. Drinking plenty of fluids and stretching your legs a little several times during the day and before going to bed can help prevent cramping.
Leg cramps is another symptoms you may battle with during this week. It helps to drink plenty of fluids and stretching your legs in day and evening before going to bed.
Stretch marks may also come your way, as they are more common in pregnancy, that’s affecting up to 90 % of pregnant women. They starts to appear in second trimester but the only short coming, there is little or nothing you can do to avoid them.
Cocoa butter and olive oil are some of the effective creams to reducing of stretch marks. You can try them if they’ll work for you but naturally most women stretch marks fades off several weeks or month after pregnancy.
Among other symptoms includes heartburn, constipation, indigestion and others.
When to call a doctor
Do not wait until its get difficult to when you have any issues that may result to pregnancy complication. Call your health care provider if you notice any of these problems; vaginal bleeding, severe fever, pain when urinating and increase in smelling vaginal discharged and severe abdomen or pelvic cramping pains.
Also when you gain excessive weight, swelling of face, hands or ankles, be fast to get across to your doctor as fast as possible. These are signs of pre-eclampsia which is a severe complication in pregnancy and urgent attention is call-for.