At 18 weeks pregnant, almost all the organs are developed. However, all these organs are not yet mature enough to face the harshness of the external world. The movements of your baby will become more obvious now. You may notice that your baby movements are more frequent when you are resting and during working hours, there will be no movements. Perhaps, your movements work as a lull to your baby and she falls asleep.
Development in 18th Week Pregnancy
The lungs are the last of all the organs to develop completely. This is the major reason why premature babies require artificial breathing.
Tiny air sacs or alveoli begin appearing in the lungs. The muscles and bones are continued to strengthen. The kidneys of your baby are also functional by this stage. She is swallowing amniotic fluid and urinating as well.
Appearance in 18th Week Pregnancy
The large out of proportion head of your baby is now in proportion to rest of the body. The facial features are pretty much discernible. The fat deposits continue to build under her skin. However, the skin is still thin and reddish in color.
Movement in 18th Week Pregnancy
At 18 weeks pregnant, your baby is still small in size and can move freely in the uterus. These movements ensure the harder and stronger growth of muscles, joints and bones. You will notice your baby crossing her legs, somersaulting, sucking thumb etc through an ultrasound scan. Your baby has also developed a pattern of sleeping and waking time by this time.
Common Pregnancy Symptoms
Following are the common pregnancy symptoms in week 18:
- Breast tenderness and largeness
- Darkening of areola
- Regular Urination
- Stretch Marks and Itching
- Constipation and Indigestion
Category: 2nd Trimester of Pregnancy
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