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18 Weeks Pregnant

With 17 weeks pf pregnancy over, this is the time when you might experience a sudden increase in appetite. Go ahead and eat but never forget to keep eating healthy and nutritious.

Changes in Your Body at Week 18 Pregnancy

You should have gained anywhere between 2.5 – 5.8 kgs by this week. You should speak to your doctor if it is more than this range.

As you step into the 19th week of pregnancy soon your belly stretches, you might notice some stretch marks on your tummy. This might make you itch or might even give you some rashes. You could apply creams to reduce it. But do consult your doctor before you do so.

You might experience nose congestion during this period. This is because of the change in the circulation in your body. However do not use any nasal sprays or decongestants without seeking the doctor’s advice.

Your nipples will appear to be darker and also will tend to feel more tingly and sore.

You might notice a dark line from the middle of your abdomen. This is called the linea nigra.

Know what other changes your body will experience in our short guide to managing pregnancy. Download it for free today!

Your Baby’s Development at Week 18 Pregnancy

As the bones of the ears harden, the baby is able to perceive sounds even better. In fact, you will notice that the baby kicks each time there is a sudden loud sound. This is because that part of the brain that receives and sends nerve signals that develops during this time.

The nerves also get coated with a fatty layer or myelin. This enables them to pass messages to and from the brain to other parts of the baby’s body.

During this period, and till the next few weeks, the baby’s growth now slows down a bit.

At 18 weeks of pregnancy if you are having a girl then this is the week when the uterus and the Fallopian tubes develop and move into their correct position.

Week 18 Pregnancy Tips and Advice

Your waistline would have increased a few inches by now, so don’t try and fit into those old clothes anymore. Do buy yourself comfortable maternity clothing.

Your trips to the restroom might increase. So don’t forget to empty your bladder before you lie down for sleep at night.

It is possible for you to feel a little light headed at times at 18 weeks of pregnancy. To avoid this don’t stand or sit in one position for a long time. Also avoid moving too quickly.

You might experience heart burn and constipation during the next few weeks. Talk to your doctor to find ways to relieve your discomfort.

Week 18 Fun

At 18 weeks of pregnancy give in to a hobby. While dancing might not be a great option now, glass painting and sketching is.

Find out new recipes from friends and family which you have never tried before and give in to a little bit of cooking (make sure the ingredients that you are using are ‘pregnancy safe’ though).

Chocolate does contain caffeine, but a little doesn’t harm the child. Especially the dark variety one. So get your feet up and fit into that sinful dark chocolate without any guilt. In fact, studies have shown that dark chocolate helps to lower their risk of developing pre-eclampsia.

So did you get a bit of that dark chocolate? Felt good, right? Join our due date club here and share your thoughts with other mums-to-be.

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Week 18 Pregnancy Discussions

Week 18 Have a Laugh

When you have more than one kid this is what happens to your clothes:

  • 1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your doctor confirms your pregnancy.
  • 2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
  • 3rd baby: Your maternity clothes are your regular clothes.
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It’s an expansive day to pursue fine things and enjoy yourself. It’s lucky for travel, window shopping, and upgrading your wardrobe or hair. Look for bargains in fine places. Just being in a quality environment can improve your spirits. Have high standards, but avoid being unpleasant with the people who serve you.

You’re probably feeling especially sexy, and you might want to take a lover out for a romantic dinner. You would especially enjoy going all out, experimenting with a new outfit, scent, or hairstyle. On a more mundane note, investments of either time or money should pay off today, as could hard work performed in the past. Have a great day!

Your natural warmth and loving nature should be more apparent than usual today. You’re likely to attract new people, both men and women, into your aura. Perhaps old friends you haven’t seen for a while suddenly reappear on the scene. This is an excellent time to plan a social event or invite a friend to lunch. You might also want to fix yourself up and plan a romantic evening!

You may feel particularly in the mood to play pranks today as the inner clown in you takes hold. However, make sure that your practical jokes are in good taste or you may end up in someone’s bad books.

Ideas for creative, artistic, or service-oriented work might be coming thick and fast, although you could be torn between different possibilities. All your ideas seem workable, yet you feel you should settle on one for the moment. It might be a good idea to ask the advice of others. Even if you don’t do exactly what they suggest, the advice might show you new options. Hang in there.

You could be in a situation where someone is manipulating emotions in order to gain or keep control. Don’t accept thoughtless or selfish behavior. If you’re avoiding a situation that seems impossible to improve, it may be time to stop and reassess your position. You can do more than you think.

Today you can at last express the secrets that have been troubling you. You may be seething with anger inside and afraid to let it show for fear it may explode on contact. Or you may be steaming with a concealed passion for some lucky special someone. The head will rule the heart today, and your mind will be unclouded by any haze of emotion. Perhaps you should take advantage of it.

This is one of those days when most everything should move in your favour. It’s an especially good time for staying in close touch with people who share your interests. It is also a good idea to step up and find support for a cause the will benefit the community.

Change your lifestyle if you want to get immediate relief from your prolonged tension and strains of life. Put on your track pants and go for a jog or a brisk walk. Make exercise a part of your daily routine and remember to keep smiling as it will go a long way in keeping you healthy.


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