What is important to know during week 18 of my pregnancy?

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By week 18, your baby is about twice the size as it was a month ago. Its outer ears are almost fully formed and its inner areas are developed enough to hear your heartbeat. You may even begin to feel your baby moving, especially if you are an experienced mom. Your baby's bones are hardening. Its fingerprints and toeprints are starting to take shape. Your baby's genitals are noticeable. Your blood pressure may be low, causing you to feel dizzy when sitting or standing too quickly. It is also important to remember that weight gain is normal. You may have already gained up to 10 pounds, much of which is due to your baby's placenta, amniotic fluid, and increased blood flow. It is important to keep eating well and exercising as much as you can. If you have any questions about what you are experiencing at this stage of your second trimester, talk to your doctor.

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Week 18 Of Pregnancy

Week 18 Of Pregnancy

Your baby has grown to about six inches in length and weighs between seven and eight ounces by the time you're 18 weeks pregnant. Its inner ears have developed enough to hear your heartbeat. Soon, you will be able to tell from an ...

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