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Dr. Rose  Obstetrics Week by Week

This is a wonderful time, as a new life is growing inside your body. As you experience the gradual changes happening in your mind and body during the next few months, you will definitely have a lot of questions and might even feel insecure sometimes because of them.Our pregnancy calendar helps you follow the growth and development of your baby week by week, while providing you with the necessary information and helpful advice to support you in spending the following months feeling as relaxed and comfortable as possible. In this compilation, you will read about the physical and mental changes that occur in expectant mothers during these months, you can follow the development of the fetus in detail, learn the opinions of specialists about the period in question, get recommendations on necessary changes in your lifestyle, and get help in scheduling examinations.

This is a wonderful time, as a new life is growing inside your body. As you experience the gradual changes happening in your mind and body during the next few months, you will definitely have a lot of questions and might even feel insecure sometimes because of them.
Our pregnancy calendar helps you follow the growth and development of your baby week by week, while providing you with the necessary information and helpful advice to support you in spending the following months feeling as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
In this compilation, you will read about the physical and mental changes that occur in expectant mothers during these months, you can follow the development of the fetus in detail, learn the opinions of specialists about the period in question, get recommendations on necessary changes in your lifestyle, and get help in scheduling examinations.

Which week?

Week 18

The baby moves around a lot in your belly which manifests in the form of a funny sensation that is hard to describe. Some women say it is a bubbling feeling while others claim that it is more like scratching. As these movements are getting more frequent, you will feel more and more relaxed because they indicate that your baby is enjoying himself.

The expectant mother


In order to avoid muscle spasm, it is very important to supply your body with the necessary amount of magnesium. Owing to the fact that you generally feel well, your libido might come back. There is no need to worry about that, as intercourse during pregnancy does not harm the baby. It is also possible that you do not feel like having sex. In this case, it is important to discuss your emotions with your partner so as not to make him think that you are not attracted to him anymore.

The baby


He keeps on growing: now he is more than 20 centimeters long and almost weighs 200 grams. Ossification continues and his internal organs go through some more changes: his kidneys, digestive system and liver continue to develop. The baby’s bowels start to produce feces, called meconium, and alveoli start to develop inside his lungs. His skin is still reddish in hue and covered by delicate hairs called the lanugo. These little hairs will stay until birth and might be visible even after delivery on the baby’s face and ears.

Examinations


You do not have to go to any examinations until the ultrasound genetic screening next week.

Doctor’s advice


It is time for you to learn how to relax your pelvic floor muscles, as knowing the technique will make giving birth a lot easier. The first step is to be able to feel your perineal muscles and to consciously contract and relax them. But before you try experimenting with intimate gymnastics on your own, it is very important to consult with an instructor who can teach you how to do the exercises right, as practicing the wrong way can do more harm than if you have not done anything at all. Intimate gymnastics make your perineal muscles more tonic, thus help your vaginal walls to get back their elasticity quicker after giving birth and prevent you from having incontinence.

Lifestyle


As your belly keeps growing, it might start to bother you, especially if you liked sleeping lying on your stomach before. Getting used to a new sleeping position can be unpleasant, but the sooner you change your habit the better, as you will not be able to lye on your belly at all later on. Lying flat on your back is not recommended either, because in this position the bowels and the spine are overwhelmed by the weight of the womb. The most pleasant and comfortable position is lying on your side while aligning your legs on top of each other in parallel. Placing a small cushion between your thighs can make it more comfortable. This position facilitates the optimal blood circulation of the womb and improves renal functions and roughage clearance, so your feet and ankles will be less likely to swell and become edematous. To ensure a peaceful sleep, always go to the toilet before going to bed.