Week 18 of Pregnancy

Pregnancy Calendar: You are now 18 weeks pregnant

18 weeks old fetus (baby)

Week 18 of fetal development

If you are pregnant for the first time, this week may be very exciting for you, as it is around now that you may feel your baby’s first movement. If you are overweight, you may appreciate the movements one or two weeks later.

Your baby

By now your baby should be able to hear the sounds outside the womb. The baby is used to the sound of your heartbeat. The baby signals her presence by means of kicks and movements. Her eyes are becoming light sensitive too.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Since your baby is sensitive to the outside world now, try to communicate by gently talking to the baby. Babies enjoy soothing voice and music and get startled by loud noise.
  • Don’t expose yourself to bright sunlight or strong light since the baby is light-sensitive now.

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