18 Weeks Pregnant

18 Weeks Pregnant – My Growing Baby

My growing baby has made it to 7 inches in length and is weighing approximately 5 ½ ounces.*

18 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my baby

My baby’s reproductive system is in place and a sonogram could reveal if it is a boy or girl.  Seeing the genitals of a boy is the best determining factor of gender because sometimes they can hide leading some to believe that it is a girl.  Myelin, which is a protective covering, is growing around the nerves of my baby and will do so until the birth.*

18 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me

Most people are probably noticing that you are pregnant and maternity clothes, sweats and other loose feeling clothes are probably most of what you are wearing.  Your blood pressure may be lower which accounts for any dizziness you might experience when you get out of bed or stand up too quickly.*

18 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week

You will probably have a prenatal care visit around this time.  This visit will probably take advantage of a level II sonogram which evaluates specific aspects of your baby’s growth and development.  Additionally, your healthcare provider will probably give you a MSAFP (Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotien) screening that measures alpha-fetoprotein levels in the mother’s blood and determines if additional testing is warranted to confirm the health of the baby.

18 Weeks Pregnant – Health tips

Fatigue and exhaustion are common during pregnancy and it is important for you to look for opportunities to take naps and get the rest that you need. You may even find that a 15 minute power nap makes getting through the day a whole lot better.  Working mothers need to be more creative as they seek to secure some additional rest by taking breaks in the lounge, conference room and slipping out to their car.

M18 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner

Getting free time is a valuable asset that you can provide your partner.  This might mean taking on other chores, preparing dinner yourself, watching the kids, and just getting out of the house so she can have some quiet downtime.  Give her a break to invest in herself whether it is getting something done that she needs to do or just some type of rest or relaxation – but just some “me time” for her.  This will go along way for both of you.

Last Updated: 11/2012

* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception.  Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman.  It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.

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