For most pregnant women 18 weeks of pregnancy is full of discoveries and new sensations. But 18 weeks is how many months?
Certain interesting changes await the pregnant woman and her baby this week. Let’s talk about this in more detail.
18 weeks is how many months?
It is not difficult to make a simple calculation: the 18th obstetric week is equal to 5 months of pregnancy. 18 weeks means approaching the middle of the second trimester, the most pleasant period of the entire gestation period.
18 weeks of pregnancy is one of the most pleasant periods. Everything that is happening now with the baby and the mother is gradually bringing them closer to an important event – the birth of a new family member.
- week 18 is the 2nd quarter, exactly 5 months pregnant.
- week 18 is the second week of fifth month.
The second trimester continues, and the woman feels more and more as a new life is maturing within her, which very soon will make itself felt with the long-awaited first cry – the cry of a beloved baby.
The feelings in the 18th week of pregnancy often bring a new joy to the mother-to-be: yeah this week fetal movements become apparent.
Some women may experience the first movements even earlier, but they usually only occur after a period of 18 to 22 weeks.
Besides, if the mother still doesn’t feel the first movements of the fetus, it’s not worth worrying: it means it’s not time yet.
Belly at 18 weeks pregnant
The fetus is still very small, but its main systems and vital organs are almost completely formed. Also, your development will begin.
To understand how the child is located, you need to place your palms in a prone position along the protruding part of the abdomen on the sides. Light pressure on both sides allows you to define a smooth, hard surface for the hand – that is, the back, smooth with tubercles – the belly with arms and legs.
Weight in the 18th week of pregnancy
By the fifth month of pregnancy, it’s no wonder the mother is now discovering an unprecedented appetite. However, one must be very careful with the diet: the weight at 18 weeks of gestation can already increase 4.5-6 kg, and it is essential to control the weight gain.
If the weight at 18 weeks’ gestation exceeds the “allowed” norm of 6 kg, it is advisable to consult a doctor and discuss a possible diet with him.
In no case is it possible to “spontaneously” prescribe diets during pregnancy: the child must necessarily receive the necessary amount of nutrients. And a specialist will help to develop an adequate diet, which will allow the child to be supplied with all the protein-vitamins and control weight.
Ultrasound at 18 weeks of pregnancy
Between 18 and 22 weeks, the woman will have a second ultrasound, which is already quite capable of showing the sex of the fetus.
With the aid of ultrasound in the 18th week of pregnancy, among other things, the circumference of the baby’s head and abdomen, the frontal-occipital size, the size of the long bones (femur, shoulder, forearm, leg) are studied.
18 weeks pregnant: what happens to the baby
Expectant mothers are always interested in what changes the child has already made at this time. The child looks like a small man, who still has a disproportionately large head and long limbs pressed against his body.
What happens to the fetus? What can he already do? He can:
- to move;
- make breathing movements while capturing the amniotic fluid;
- to sleep;
- stay awake.
In this case, fetal movements can be felt by:
- skinny women;
- pregnant of twins;
- those who are not experiencing their first pregnancy.
At that time, the child has thin, reddened skin and the so-called “down” is present, which will disappear after delivery.
fetal size of pregnancy
The baby is very small: the baby’s size can vary from 14 to 20 cm (length) and of 140 to 200 g (weight).
In fact, it’s not so little: imagine you have a small melon in your stomach.
Recommendations for 18-week pregnant women
Your diet must be balanced and complete during pregnancy. What this means? Your daily menu should include:
- 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables;
- 4 servings of dairy or other calcium-rich foods
- 3 or more dishes made from whole grains (porridges, whole grain bread, pasta made from wheat);
- 2-3 – lean protein, meaning meat and a variety of vegetables.