When you’re 18 weeks pregnant, you may be eager to feel your baby’s first move in the womb, a move popularly known as "quickening." You’ll realize that the same baby who was quiet in the womb a few weeks back has now become strong enough to move around.
This phase is fantastic as you can be assured of your baby's well-being. This is, in fact, an exciting month and you can feel the soft tapping just above your pubic bone.
Your baby is about 5.5 inches long, weighing 5 ounces or a little more. Its senses continue to mature and can hear external and internal sounds such as your heart beat at this time. Your baby can also hear your voice and becomes more active. This means you can now feel more of the twisting, kicking, rolling or punching movements by your baby.
Most 18 weeks pregnant women start enjoying the feel of the baby wiggling inside and forget their pregnancy discomforts. Your skin may itch and stretch marks may become prominent. You should have gained an average of 12 pounds to this time; it could be a little more or less.
However, it’s necessary for you to keep your weight gain within allowable bands and consult your healthcare provider for help if your weight gain is excessive.
As your body continues to align to the growing baby, back pain symptom may worsen. One positive development is that nausea completely disappears. Along with your body, your feet may swell and you may have to get your new pair of shoes. Now is also the time to get comfortable, with roomy clothes that accommodate your growing body.
You can now relax on pregnancy care as you’re almost at the half way mark. Please don’t miss your monthly regular antenatal visits. It’s very important for you and your baby
Common Symptoms among 18 weeks pregnant moms.
One of the major symptoms you may possibly experience in pregnancy week 18 is heartburn. This common symptom may be here to stay till you deliver. It’s therefore necessary for you to follow the golden rule – prevention is better than cure.
It’s recommended to chew your food well and eat slowly. Rather than eating large meals, eat smaller meals through the day and remain in the upright posture for at least half an hour after eating.
Varicose veins is not uncommon in women who are18 weeks pregnant. If you are one of them, you can wear support hose, especially if the veins start aching or itching.
Cramp in the legs is another symptom you may have to deal with, especially at night. The best way to manage this is to stretch your calf muscles before going to bed.
Other symptoms when you’re 18 weeks pregnant include mild swelling of feet and ankles, stretch marks, bleeding gums and changes in nail, hair and skin.
Regular Anomaly Scan: To check your baby’s organs, your doctor will likely prescribe the regular anomaly scan. There is nothing as moving and special as watching your baby move, roll or kick around inside you. Enjoy this unique moment with your partner. If the scan shows any problems, your doctor will recommend further diagnostic tests.
In order to find out if there are any genetic problems that may pose a risk for your baby, a series of tests are usually conducted between the 16th and 20th week of pregnancy.