18 Week Pregnant - Know how to Take Care of Yourself during 18 Weeks Pregnancy

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 04 Jan 2019 - Written by Dr. Manish Shah - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

18 weeks pregnancy symptoms are swollen limbs, back pain, cramps, varicose veins, as well as first kick of the baby. The size of the baby during 18 weeks pregnancy is similar to that of a capsicum. The size of the baby progresses as the pregnancy moves ahead. The ultrasound image of baby is a pure source of happiness for couples.

Let’s Discuss in More Details About 18 Weeks Pregnancy Symptoms:

At this very moment, even the simplest of all tasks like sleeping on your back may not be as simple as it seems to be. By this time your baby has grown as big as cantaloupe and the uterus has expanded big enough to put high pressure on veins in the posterior part of your abdomen. This strain on your abdomen can cause improper circulation of blood in your body, which can make you feel drowsy or faint. It definitely sounds scary but doesn’t panic! Making small changes in your sleep patterns can save you and your little one from potential pregnancy-related risks. Please read on!

18 Weeks Pregnancy Symptoms

During 18 weeks of pregnancy, your body is super busy in making the baby. It is going to be a super hard period and not so much fun for you. At 18 weeks pregnant, stress and discomfort may keep you awake all night long. Here is a list of symptoms which can trigger during 18 weeks pregnancy.

1- Swollen Limbs

Swollen feet and hands during 18-week pregnancy can be pretty annoying. However, a steady and mild swelling is absolutely normal. If you notice a sudden and severe swelling with pain or discomfort, call a medical supervisor at the earliest.

2- Back Pain

Your little bundle of joy is constantly putting a strain on your insides which can cause pain in your back.

3- Cramps

During 18 weeks pregnancy abdominal cramps are common. But cramps in the leg may be a sign of dehydration.
Abdominal cramp during 18 weeks pregnancy
So drink plenty of water and keep yourself well hydrated.

4- Varicose veins

The varicose vein is not uncommon when we talk about week 18 pregnancy. Varicose veins refer to a visible web of purple and black swollen veins caused due to extra pressure on the circulatory system. Changing your positions often, avoiding tight clothes, exercising and propping your legs up can help in relieving discomfort.

5- Baby's Kicks

No matter whether you are blessed with a single baby or fortunate enough to conceive twins, you are more likely to feel sensations resembling the actual kicks rather than tiny fluttering.

6- Week 18 Pregnant Belly

  • At 18 weeks pregnancy, your belly is constantly expanding and stretching.

18 week pregnant

  • During 18 weeks of pregnancy, you can feel your uterus just below your belly button.
  • You may also notice your baby’s movements or may even notice your baby’s hiccups.

7- Sleeplessness

During 18 weeks of pregnancy, your mind is working extra hours which can affect your sleep cycle.

 At the beginning of week 18 pregnancy, you should make small changes in your sleeping patterns and start sleeping by your side instead of sleeping on your back. Try placing a pillow behind you or under your hip or upper leg for comfort yourself.

What Developments Did Your Baby Make During 18 Week Pregnancy?

  • This week your baby has grown about 14 cm long which is almost equal to the size of capsicum.

18 Weeks pregnant baby like size of capsicum

  • When you are 18 weeks pregnant, your baby has acquired an adorable new skill of yawning.
  • As the fat accumulates, your baby’s skin has made a shift in appearance and no longer look transparent.
  • Your baby’s ears have now moved into position and he or she is all set to acquire his or her hearing abilities.
  • Your baby’s nervous system is maturing fast.
  • A heartbeat of your baby is now more profound and the doctor no longer needs a special prenatal stethoscope to keep a track record of his or her heartbeats.

The Special Movements

  • An ultrasound image of your 18 weeks old baby can leave you with some breathtaking pictures.
  • You may feel a gush of excitement chilling through your spine by watching how your baby has developed.
  • Depending on the ultrasound you may find out whether it’s a girl or boy. If you are all set to welcome a little fairy, you can figure out that her womb, fallopian tubes, and vagina is in place. If you are all set to get a baby boy as a part of your family, you may get a glimpse of his penis and testicles descending from his pelvis to the scrotum.

Checklist For 18 Weeks Pregnancy

You must not forget to maintain a checklist throughout your pregnancy. Here are some points to note during 18 weeks pregnancy

  • Go for light exercise or walks.
  • If you are 35 or older, fix an appointment with your doctor to screen for chromosomal or genetic birth defects such as Down’s syndrome.

Dr. Manish Shah

Written by

Infertility Specialist, Endoscopic Surgeon

Dr. Manish Shah is a gynecologist and infertility specialist with years of experience in treating patients with different infertility problems. He completed his MBBS from NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad in 1999. Later, he went on to pursue DGO and MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from K.M School of postgraduate medicine and research, V.S. General Hospital, Ahmedabad in the year 2001 and 2002 respectively. Dr. Manish Shah received the prestigious best video presentation prize on Fibroid Surgery at Endovision 2010 conference. He has expertise in the medical treatments like IUI, caesarean section delivery, hormonal IUD procedures as well as other artificial insemination procedures. Dr. Manish Shah is presently practicing at Tulip Womens Hospital, Ahmedabad.


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Nandini Jha

I have heavy cramps. Are there any medicines without any side-effects for my cramps?

Sept. 2, 2018, 11:55 a.m. 4.5


Tamanha Lokhande

Please suggest what should I eat in my 18 weeks of pregnancy? Everything seems tasteless and smelly.

June 23, 2018, 9:22 p.m. 4.5


Nimrit Chopra

My first pregnancy was quite troublesome for me. Not only did I have nausea accompanied with vomiting, but I also had several sleepless nights. My husband also had to stay awake in the night time because of me.

June 10, 2018, 2:03 p.m. 5.0


Richa Jindal

There's one very interesting fact about week 18 pregnancy. If you're 18 weeks pregnant with twins, there's a layer that isolates your two 18-week hatchlings. As they squirm around in there, they'll drive liquid around and the layer will move marginally. You'd presumably have the capacity to see t...

Oct. 28, 2017, 3:54 p.m. 4.5


Suganya Banerjee

Various changes occur at the time of 18 week pregnancy. Therefore, it is essential to keep a track of them and prevent any kind of damage to the fetus. Proper diet which includes soya beans, eggs, milk and leafy vegetables will keep the level of the pregnancy up to the mark.

Oct. 28, 2017, 3:54 p.m. 5.0

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