Week 18 Of Pregnancy – Rolling And Tumbling

what to expect at Trimester two of pregnancy

What’s happening inside

Hot on the tails of his sucking and swallowing skills come baby’s ability to yawn and hiccup! You’ll probaby begin to feel those hiccups as slight twinges happening repeatedly in the same spot inside you. The downside is you can’t drink water to stop these hiccups – you’ve just got to wait till those little twinges subside on their own… Oh and pretty soon, if you haven’t already, you should be feeling every other movement that your baby is making too!

Maternal Changes

By now, the nausea and vomiting of the first trimester are (hopefully) things of the past, and you may find yourself bursting with a sudden shot of energy, ready and willing to tackle all that needs to be done before baby arrives! Grab the gift of this renewed vigour with both hands and milk it for all its worth – of course, exercising appropriate discretion and caution. Make full use of the time you have in these few weeks to organize and settle all that can be done, such as the buying and setting up of big ticket items like the crib and preparation of baby’s room. You’ll find it harder and more cumbersome to get down to things once you hit the last trimester.

Find out what are the baby items you must get to prepare for your baby’s arrival. Week18

A Matter of Fact

Now you can blame your forgetfulness on the pregnancy hormones with a clear conscience! Studies prove that a woman’s brain cell volume decreases during pregnancy, which can leave you with a lowered capacity to handle life in general. Even women who are known to be highly efficient and organized can wind up feeling like they’re in a foggy daze at times, and incapable to keeping up with their usual appointments and tasks. Don’t worry – the fog will eventually lift, by a few months after giving birth.

Tips for daddy

It’s common for pregnant women to experience backaches, all thanks to the growing belly, and also due to pelvic shifts as the body prepares itself for the delivery. Your wife will definitely appreciate the gift of an occasional back or foot massage, or the luxury of a warm bath!

A quote for mummy-to-be

The thing that’s nice about pregnancy is that in the end, you have a baby. ~Ann Romney

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This is part of our New Age Pregnancy Week By Week Pregnancy Guide!

With this guide, we hope it will help to give you some reassurance and shed some light on the changes you will come to experience for the next 40 weeks. If you are interested, you can read about our Month To Month Pregnancy Guide Here. Now, let the countdown begin ~

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind the information provided in this guide is just an approximate gauge for your pregnancy. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact your gynaecologist.

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