You are 18 weeks pregnant

You are 18 weeks pregnant!

Feeling a fluttering yet? Don’t worry if you’re not, lots of women don’t feel their babies move until 20-24 weeks, but expect to feel it very soon

week 18

Your baby’s immune system is also starting to mature in week 18 in preparation for life outside of the womb and his intestines are beginning to collect meconium; his first poo! As well as being able to stretch out all parts of his body, your baby can also rotate his head and move his tongue. Your ligaments are getting softer as your pelvis prepares to widen in preparation for the birth. Be careful not to over exert yourself and make sure you stick to gentle exercises.

In week 18, you may find yourself feeling quite faint in these early stages of pregnancy; this is because your blood flow is trying to keep up with your circulation. Make sure you drink lots of water to avoid dehydration, which can contribute to feelings of dizziness. Keep some healthy, high-energy food with you, such as bananas and raisins, wherever you go. If you start to feel faint, have a sit-down and a snack.

Read here about the healthiest foods for mums-to-be

Other symptoms associated with the first trimester may surprise you; some women have reported excessive saliva. This is linked to morning sickness and eating fruit or chewing gum may help to alleviate the symptoms. You may also feel quite bloated and windy during the first few months; eating high-fibre foods, like bran cereals, fruit and vegetables could help.

Read on... week 19 of pregnancy.

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