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

Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 5
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 5

During month 5 of pregnancy, you can finally opt to find out Baby's gender. Meanwhile, you may be having not-so-desirable pregnancy side effects. Here are some tips to dealing with your pregnant life.

Your Changing Body

Kicking can feel faint or stronger from day to day. You may go a few days without feeling a thing, and then suddenly think a little Olympian gymnast is in your belly. Don't worry! Those flips and flops are totally normal.

Your Developing Baby

Your baby can hear you! Her ears are developing and she's sensitive to sound, so you may want to serenade, talk to or play music for the little one--and avoid loud, sudden noises if possible, because they may startle him or her. (She'll likely be comforted by the sound of your voice, even though she won't know what it is or understand what you're saying just yet.)

Your Pregnancy

Your baby's kicks are much more defined now than before. Yes, there really is a tiny person growing inside of you!

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!

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Everything in Pregnancy Week 18

More About Your Pregnancy in Week 18

Your Baby

Your Body

  • Boosting Your Energy At Work

    Try these healthy alternatives to a caffeine pick-me-up when you're feeling sluggish at work.

  • Breast Lumps

    You may notice more lumps than usual in your breasts while you're pregnant. Check with your doctor to make sure everything is okay.

  • Heart Palpitations

    Find out why your heart may be pounding a little harder and faster these days.

  • Leg Cramps

    Follow these tips to help combat those painful lower leg cramps you get at night.

Your Self

Diet & Exercise

  • Meal-Replacement Drinks

    Don't rely on meal-replacement drinks during pregnancy. You need nutrients from healthy foods for your baby.

  • Strength Training

    If you were a strength trainer before your pregnancy, talk to an experienced instructor about modifying your current regimen.

  • Stretching Abdominal Muscles

    Avoid abdominal stretches-they aren't safe for pregnant women.

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