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Pregnant - week 18

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, 17 January 2019 13:58Laatste update op: 2 August 2019 16:10

From now on you can feel the baby’s movements. At first they are weak, but later you will feel kicks, tossing and bumping when your child turns. These movements are strong, especially in the evenings when you move less and the baby is awake.

Mom

Your body retains more fluid during pregnancy than normal. Because of this, your hands and feet can get a little swollen and your face may seem slightly fuller.
Make sure that you not only have enough rest, but also exercise sufficiently. Slices of cucumber on your eyes can do wonders for your face. Don't be too critical of yourself, as many people will actually compliment you on your appearance. It is often said that pregnant women look younger and healthier.

Hormones

Do you have sudden crying fits you cannot explain and are you irritated easily? It’s all part of it: this is caused by hormones. Your emotions are reinforced by your pregnancy. If negative emotions dominate, it is a good idea to discuss this at home and with your obstetrician.

Baby

The baby is now around 20 centimeters long and weighs 200 grams, about the size of an artichoke. From this week on, the brain grows 90 grams per month.

The baby’s head is now a third of its total body. As your baby grows, it is likely to have more and more fun moving around in your belly. A baby can spend up to 90% of its time in motion, but don’t worry, the average is 20%. Some babies are more active than others, which doesn’t have anything to do with gender. On average, you can feel 9 of the 10 movements the baby is making, but there are also women who only feel half.

Your baby is developing its sense of touch and can therefore perceive its own movements. Your child is already practicing looking; it will need time for this even after the delivery. This is why your baby may occasionally look cross-eyed after the delivery.

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