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18 Weeks Pregnant – What You Need to Know

18 Weeks Pregnant – What You Need to Know

At a glance:

  • Baby acrobatics 
  • Pregnancy heartburn
  • Holiday with a bump

What’s happening to your baby

Whether it’s hiccupping, swallowing, sucking or doing acrobatic somersaults, your baby is already practising the vital movements  that he’ll need to be able to do when he’s born (well, maybe not the somersaults).

He’ll measure about 14-15cm from crown to rump and weigh around 200g. 

What’s happening to you

Your uterus will have grown to about the size of a cantaloupe melon. You may start getting heartburn, too. This can happen because your hormones have loosened the muscle that connects your stomach (which is full of acid) to your windpipe.

This means that acid can regurgitate up, causing a burning sensation in your chest. It can worsen as your bump gets bigger and also presses on this muscle.

The good news is, indigestion and heartburn remedies can help soothe the pain. You can also try eating smaller meals, more regularly, so you don’t feel so full. 

5 Ways To Beat Pregnancy Indigestion

What you may consider doing 

Now is a great time for you to go away on a ‘babymoon’ before your baby arrives. Just make sure you check with your doctor that it’s safe to fly – it’s usually OK until around 34 weeks.

You’ll need to think about the types of things you can do on holiday now– strenuous activities like  surfing, scuba-diving and skiing are all out. But, hurrah, lazing by the pool is very much in.

The Stress-Less Guide To Pregnancy Holidays

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Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99

>> READ: HOW TO HAVE A STRESS-FREE PREGNANCY HOLIDAY

 
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