Pregnancy Week 18
Mom's 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. Since many of your baby's movements aren't strong enough for you to feel yet, you might go a day without noticing any kicks and then feel several the next day.
Unfortunately, hemorrhoids are a common occurrence 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. And to keep them at bay, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, combat constipation with added fiber, and avoid straining when you go to the bathroom.
What Week 18 of Your Pregnancy Is Really Like
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Planning a gender reveal: Boy? Girl? Who Cares?
Most parents find out their baby's sex (if they choose to find out) during their mid-pregnancy ultrasound, usually around 18 to 20 weeks—that is if your technician can tell (sometimes it's still not that easy). That makes now a great time to start planning your gender reveal—if you believe in such a thing. And if you have no idea what we're talking about, you're off the hook: It's a fairly new trend that's been picking up speed lately and, like a pregnancy reveal, there are about gazillion ways to do it.
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What It's Really Like to Have Prenatal DepressionEvery expecting mother has heard of postpartum depression, but did you know that symptoms can start during pregnancy? Here's how one mom dealt with this so-called prenatal depression.
Home Birth 101: A Beginner's Guide for ParentsConsidering giving birth at home? From the benefits and risks to how to get started choosing a midwife, consider this a crash course when it comes to the basics of home birth.