This is truly a great time in the pregnancy, as you are not too big to seriously cut back on physical activities and our past the throes of your nausea and fatigue from the first trimester. So this can be a great time to catch up on anything that you might have missed out in the last few months! So continue your daily exercises to keep your body limber and supple.

What’s happening with you

You are definitely beginning to feel those flutters in your belly, and it is certainly not gas anymore, is it? It may seem like tiny bubbles, but will become more obvious as the week progresses. Very soon you will be able to unmistakably identify movement in your belly as belonging to the baby.
 You may find yourself hungrier than usual and that is normal, but as always keeping track of how much you are eating is a good idea under any situation.

If you are experiencing heartburn, it is a common symptom of the second trimester, as you’re growing belly applies pressure on your esophageal sphincter. This pressure can cause stomach acid which when present in excess rises up the wrong way, resulting in gastroesophageal reflux like symptoms.

If you are having trouble sleeping at this stage of the pregnancy, it is not a cause for alarm. You should try sleeping on your left side and if that is still uncomfortable, try propping your belly up with pillows under it for support. Also emptying your bladder before you sleep can prevent nightly interruptions in your sleep.

What’s happening with your baby

Week 18 of pregnancyDid you know that your baby can actually hear you talking now? So watch what you are saying about the baby’s daadi! You never know where it may end up. With your baby’s nerves making more involved connections, your baby’s sense of taste, sight and smell are all developing faster than you can imagine. The myelin sheath that is developing increases the speed of transmission of these nerve impulses as the baby learns to process these new sensations.

Your baby’s bones are hardening this week and undergoing a process called ossification. This essentially means that your baby’s bones are solidifying, although still supple enough to pass through the birth canal.

If your baby is a girl, her uterus, vagina and fallopian tubes are finding their rightful places in the lower abdomen. With your baby now weighing 6 ounces and slightly under 5 1/2 inches long, your baby is even practicing breathing by moving its chest up and down.

If you are not feeling fetal movements by this time, do not worry as every woman is different and there are many factors that contribute to when a woman first feels movement. But do contact your doctor if you feel movement for a while and then stop feeling any for days at a time.