Pregnancy week 18 wellness guide

Your Body

changes in the body
What to expect
You are starting to feel a little clumsy as your belly has gone bigger. Your breasts may also have gone up a size. You notice a blackish line down your stomach. This is normal skin pigmentation and nothing to worry about. You are likely to complain of backaches and pains.

Baby size

Week 18 size guide
What to expect
Your baby is the size of a small Cucumber (roughly 13-14 cms long and 180 – 190 gms).

Your Baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size
What to expect
Your baby is keen to hear. Talk to your baby! Baby is fully developing as either a girl or boy and his/her nervous system is maturing rapidly. Baby can now yawn and have hiccups.

Taking care

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Tips
  • Your blood pressure gets a little lower than it usually is. Don’t get up abruptly from a chair or sofa as you could feel dizzy. 
  • Don’t compare the size of your belly with other pregnant women. It varies from person to person. Just make sure all is going well at your antenatal check-ups.
  • Use a foot rest to raise your feet slightly when resting. It helps with back pain.
  • When standing, place one foot on a low stool when possible to take some pressure off your lower back.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, combat constipation with added fiber, and avoid straining when you go to the bathroom.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor
Questions
  1. Is my weight gain okay?
  2. Am I at high risk for any problems during pregnancy?
  3. My feet and ankles are swelling up. Is that okay?
  4. Is my baby’s growth okay?

Your to do list

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Action points
  1. Have a foot stool to raise feet.
  2. Have folic acid supplement and prenatal vitamins.
  3. Book antenatal appointment with doctor.
  4. Share with others your feelings and talk about what is happening to your body.

Questions you may have

“I could not feel my baby move at 18 weeks. My doctor told me it is completely normal. She also told to not try to count my baby's movements until at least 30 or 31 weeks!”

“I was offered a scan called an anomaly scan for my doctor to look at my baby in detail to see if there is anything unusual about his/her development and appearance. I was also told that I don’t need to have it if I don’t want to.”