After 17 weeks pregnant, your baby’s heartbeat can now be heard without the use of a prenatal stethoscope! Find out what else happens in your 18th week.
How your foetus is developing when you’re 18 weeks pregnant:
When you’re 18 weeks pregnant, your baby is now around 12 – 14cm in length and weighs about 190g. His blood vessels will be partially visible through his still slightly translucent skin. And here comes the good news: his heartbeat can now be heard without the use of a prenatal stethoscope! Baby’s inner ear bones and leg bones will harden in week 18, followed by the rest of his skeleton, and his genital organs will be fully formed by this point.
What you can do right now when you’re 18 weeks pregnant:
When you’re 18 weeks pregnant, a sonogram is typically done to make sure your little one is growing healthily and normally. Ask for a printout of your baby’s first photo, and remember to bring your partner along!
You will also notice leg cramps, so make sure to hydrate yourself sufficiently and go for short walks to alleviate backaches. It’s also best to lie on your side from now on, because lying on your back can cause your uterus to place pressure on a major vein. Place a pillow under your hip for support.
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