Thanks to babyfit keeping track of where exactly I am in my pregnancy I know that I've only 153 days to go. Honestly it seems SO much closer than it once did. I mean, considering that my little bean has been cooking for 127days. Before you know it- I'll be at home trying to blog and nurse at the same time. So here it goes at 18 weeks:
Your Baby This Week
You're gaining weight and your baby is too, weighing over 5 ounces (.14
kg), and measuring more than 5 inches (13 cm) in length. What an
adorable pair you are!
Baby's rapid growth period is beginning to slow down, but his
or her facial features are starting to form. Your baby can now yawn,
frown, smile, and make other facial expressions. Taste buds have
developed, and your baby can sense bitter from sweet, and swallowing
reflexes are now present. He or she may even start getting the hiccups!
Because baby's eyes are still developing, they're very sensitive. If a
light is shined onto your belly, your baby might flinch and try to
cover his or her face.
Your Body This Week
Now that your uterus is about the size of a cantaloupe, you may begin
to experience backaches. A shift in your center of gravity (upward and
outward), along with increased hormone production, can cause some
joints to loosen. As a result, you're more prone to twisting your
ankles or wrists, so take care when exercising. Your heart is working
about 50% harder now, so don't be surprised if you feel a bit out of
Am I Gaining Enough Weight?
get further into the second trimester (already?), it's a good time to
revisit your weight goals and make sure you're gaining at a healthy
pace. Remember, pregnancy is NOT the time to diet. While you should
always watch what you eat, the most important consideration is that
your baby gets enough energy and nutrients to grow. In the second
trimester, a normal weight woman should gain an average of about 1
pound per week. Underweight women should gain about 1/2 pound more,
overweight women about 1/4-1/3 pound less. Of course, you should always
discuss weight issues and strategies with your doctor. Review BabyFit's
weight gain guidelines.
Exercise Your Right To An Easier Labor
If it hasn't already, your mind may soon be turning to the realities
and worries of labor and delivery. With these thoughts may come some
fears about pain and complications. Wouldn't it be nice to find a way
to reduce both? There is! By exercising and familiarizing yourself with
this term: pelvic floor. Studies show that developing the pelvic floor
and body core through specific exercises leads to shorter, easier
labors, particularly within the pushing stage. Kegel exercises are the
most famous, but other options can help as well. Learn how exercise is
the secret to easing labor pain.