So your 18 Weeks Pregnant

November 12, 2012

So your 18 Weeks Pregnant

Now that you are 18 weeks pregnant, things are looking up. You’ve survived morning sickness and the myriad of changes to the size and shape of your body and hormonal changes. Now is the time to enjoy your pregnancy by doing some of those things you didn’t feel up to before. Exercise wise, swimming is good and certainly a stroll or two during the day. Shopping is a good thing to do at this time to see what you will need for your newborn and take some time with your mate.

Right around 18 weeks pregnant is an exciting time to experience fetal movement. In fact, you can see impressions of feet and hands on your abdomen. Your fetus has come a long way in development and is beginning to get somewhat cramped inside and needs to stretch and change position. This is a time when you may experience indigestion, boating and gas which can become uncomfortable and possible painful. Don’t confuse this with fetal movements. It’s not uncommon at 18 weeks pregnant to experience hunger pangs and it is okay to eat a fair amount but make sure it is healthy food, no junk food. You need carbohydrates at this time to fuel you and your ever growing fetus. Both of you have high energy requirements, remember you are eating for two. Make sure to continue doing exercises to maintain muscle tone and healthy heart. If you experience fetal movement for some time and it stops altogether for a few days, this is cause for alarm. Contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible and let him/her know.

At 18 weeks pregnant, your fetus’s ears are well developed and have become very sensitive to your sounds. Your voice should be warm and inviting to create a soothing effect and sense of security for your bundle of joy to be. Your waistline is beginning to grow noticeably so you may need larger sized cloths and maternity type clothing to make you more comfortable.

Your heart and blood vessels are going through some major changes at 18 weeks pregnant. Eventually the fetus will take up so much room, your stomach and parts of your intestine will be pushed up into the rib cage. During the second trimester, your blood pressure will drop somewhat. This is a time when you need to be careful when you get up. Try not to stand too quickly as this may cause you to feel dizzy and fall.

As your abdomen continues to expand from 18 weeks pregnancy, it is a good idea to lie on your side from now on when you take a nap or retire for the evening. It’s a good idea to have a body pillow to place in front or behind you for support. You might want to stick a smaller pillow between your legs to keep your spine aligned. You want to stay away from being on your back as this will compress a major vein that brings back blood to the heart.

This is an exciting time at 18 weeks pregnant. Make the most of it and be as active as you can. Get out and do things and enjoy eating some good food.

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