Stages of Pregnancy Week by Week
Pregnancy Week 18
Your baby is developing in many significant ways this week. Learn what is going on with baby as well as how to boost your own energy and travel safely while pregnant.
Watch Your Baby's Growth
You'll start feel your baby's fluttering movements (called quickening) between now and 22 weeks. Get ready, mama: Feeling him kick is one of the most magical parts of being pregnant.
Your Changing Body
You might be feeling your baby really kick now! These kicks will be bigger and more defined than the popcorn popping, butterfly feeling of quickening that you've previously felt. Some moms see the first kicks as a confirmation that there really is a baby growing in there.
Your Developing Baby
Do you and your partner talk to your baby? Well, with the bones and nerves in her ears now developed enough to function, she can hear all sorts of sounds -- including blood coursing through the umbilical cord, your growling tummy and your heartbeat. In fact, sudden or loud noises may startle her. Go ahead and sing, tell stories or play music for your baby now.
Tip of the Week
Unfortunately, hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy. The varicose veins in your rectum can swell up and cause discomfort. If you have them, talk to your doctor about over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams that might bring relief.
Your Week 18 To-Do List
1. Consider signing up for newborn-care classes.
An Inside Look
Take a unique look at Baby's development inside the womb this week.
Your Pregnancy Calendar
Organize your doctor's appointments, save your ultrasound photos, and more--all in one place!