Week 18 of Your Pregnancy

17 weeks pregnant

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Pregnancy Symptoms

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Fetal Movements

For most women, 18th week of pregnancy is the time when they begin to notice the first foetal movement which may be in the form of a slight flutter, a slight bubble, or even a slight shifting type of feeling. If you do not experience this movement at 18th week, do not worry. Remember, each pregnancy is different and each pregnant woman is different too. If this is your first pregnancy, you can experience the first foetal movement anytime between the 18th and the 20th week.

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Muscle Spams

Most pregnant women experience cramps and spasms at some stage of the pregnancy or the other, while 18th week is when they are more prominent. These pains can be quite troubling during the nights. Staying hydrated, streching, and taking supplements can help combat pregnancy spams and aches.

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Bleeding Gums

Many pregnant women start dealing with pregnancy gingivitis around this time during their pregnancy. Constant acidity and throwing up lead to the acumulation of the acid in their mouth which may damage the gums leading to acidity. Hormone upheveals also often leads to this condition. In addition, pregnant ladies who crave sweets and junk may increase their intake damaging their teeth and gums.

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Stretch Marks

By this period in pregnancy, you may notice the formation of red or purplish streaks on your stomach and breasts, in some cases on your bums and thighs also. This happens because when your body parts strech faster than normal. These strech marks gradually disappear post-delivery.

Baby's Development

Baby’s Length: 5.5 inches(14 cm)
Baby’s Weight: 167gms.

Baby’s Movements:

Your baby is moving, and an outlandish movement is felt especially if it’s your first pregnancy. Baby rolls over and kicks your stomach. Expect more and more strong movements.

Baby’s Skin:

A chocolate brown color skin is slowly being covered which would eventually become thicker in the coming weeks. This is a good sign of strengthening skin tone and protecting the body. Still, the baby’s skin is pencil-thin. Blood vessels are bestowing healthy oxygenated blood. This is recognizable through a pellucid skin that is still in the development stage.

Baby’s Fingernails:

Baby’s fingernails are growing bigger and will be ready for its first trim once he/she is born. They also have a unique fingerprint by now.

Others:

Baby needs bile to digest the food and this week the gallbladder begins to function.

The nervous system is growing faster than usual.

Your changing body

The increasing blood flow during pregnancy put extra pressure on your blood vessels result in varicose veins. While they can strike at any time, they bulge and grow as the pregnancy progresses. In some pregnant women, they subside within a few days. In most cases, varicose veins are not a concern. But if they get troublesome, you can always consult your gynecologist.

Multiple bathroom trips are common during pregnancy and happen due to the increasing blood volume in your blood, your ever-expanding uterus which puts pressure on your bladder, as well as hormonal disturbances. Make sure that you stay well hydrated during pregnancy, especially when you experience frequent urination. The chances of contracting urinary infections are very high during pregnancy and drinking a good amount of fluids helps you reduce the risk of contracting UTIs.

You must be feeling extremely tired and sleepy all the time. Getting up from the bed may feel like a chore. But remember, this is not laziness. Your hormones are all haywire and your body is working extra hard to nourish the little bean within you. Eating healthy, staying hydrated, taking quick power naps, and doing small exercises can help deal with this symptoms

The human body is a wonderful creation. Did you know the main reason behind constipation during pregnancy? Your digestive system moves slowly to ensure maximum absorption of nutrients from your food so that your baby can have the best nutrition possible. This slow movement, of course, causes you inconvenience, and the best way to combat it is by staying hydrated and eating fiber-rich foods.

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