18 Weeks of Gestation

Your 18th week begins

DAY 7 • OF THE WEEK 18

IMPORTANT: Toothache is one of the worst pains that exists and even worse is when it happens in pregnancy. Not all medications can be taken and not all dental treatments can be performed, so great care is needed at this stage.

KEY INFORMATION BOX:
  1. The baby at 18 weeks of gestation has the lanugo already in sight. starts to make the respiratory movements, but of course, it is only a training since the placenta supplies all the baby’s oxygenation needs.
  2. Another important milestone this week is that the baby already begins to simulate the movements of the breath even though it is not yet necessary, as he only continues to swallow amniotic fluid.
  3. The 18 weeks of gestation are marked by women for the appearance of spots and pimples mainly on the face.
  4. Weight gain is usually accelerated at this stage so be careful with your diet, overeating and anything else that may increase further and become exaggerated and harm your health during pregnancy
  5. Do not leave to fix the layette at the last minute, after all, we do not know when the baby will come and make decisions when he should just be waiting for the moment is very stressful.

MORE INFORMATION ON 18 WEEKS OF GESTATION

The baby at 18 weeks of gestation has the lanugo already in sight. Lanugo? Yes, the thin layer of very fine hair that covers the baby’s body! Your little love may already be 14.2 cm and weigh about 190 grams! It grows visibly and more and more each day. The baby starts to make the breathing movements , but of course, it is only a training as the placenta supplies all the baby’s oxygenation needs.

 

Don’t be surprised if you see your little baby sucking his thumb or little hands during the ultrasound, they love doing that at this stage. Moms remember that each baby and each mother are different people, the weight and height of the fetus may vary according to the biotype of the dads ok?

Baby Development

At 18 weeks of pregnancy the great milestone that occurs is the auditory development, where the baby can already hear the mother’s heart beating as well as the internal noises of the blood that flows through the umbilical cord or the work of the stomach. In a few days it will be possible for him to hear the noises and voices outside the womb and thereby identify the mother’s voice.

Another important milestone this week is that the baby already begins to simulate the movements of the breath even though it is not yet necessary, as he only continues to swallow amniotic fluid. Your small eyes are already sensitive to light and respond to stimuli when done on the outside. Your intestine is in the process of improving and begins to produce meconium (first feces) through the amniotic fluid you swallow.

How is Mom Feeling …

The 18 weeks of gestation are marked by women by the appearance of spots and pimples mainly on the face. Of course, not all women have the same symptoms every time, but it is at this stage that it is common to start and everything happens due to the hormone levels that are like a roller coaster.

 

Weight gain is usually accelerated at this stage so be careful with your diet , overeating and anything else that may increase further and become exaggerated and harm your health during pregnancy, including your baby’s health. Another point that needs to be highlighted is about the onset of dizziness this week, which occurs due to the acceleration of the work of the heart as the pregnancy progresses which causes the blood sugar level to fall compressing the veins and causing dizziness and in some cases even fainting. Getting up slowly and resting as often as possible is the best option at this stage to avoid possible accidents.

Have you started the layette? Have you decided which maternity hospital will have your baby? Perhaps it is time to start the marathon and start preparing everything. Do not leave to make these decisions at the last minute, after all, we do not know when the baby will come and making decisions when he should just be waiting for the moment is very stressful. Enjoy the moment of disposition and that the weight of the belly still does not hinder to do everything you need.

External factors…

Her belly is already rounded and it is possible to notice that she is a pregnant woman. Of course, it’s just a small bump that tends to get bigger every week now, but it’s only a matter of time. The curiosity to know the sex of the baby is very common and in this stage it is already possible to find out through ultrasound. If you have already discovered, enjoy the pink or blue world and plan and buy everything according to your taste and plans.

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Dr. Alexis Hart
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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