You are well within the second trimester when you reach the 18th week of pregnancy. Your baby and your body will undergo some significant changes during this period which you should be aware of. This article will give you some ideas of what you need to know to get ready for this week.
18th Week of Pregnancy: Baby Development
Your baby is undergoing a lot of changes during the 18th week of pregnancy. And right now, they are about the size of a potato. Don’t worry, your baby is bound to have a growth spurt eventually. Here are some of the developments that the small one will go through during this week:
- This week your little baby is developing fingerprints. Fingerprints are unique characteristics of each individual so that is a very significant development.
- Your baby’s digestive system is developing quickly during this period. Your baby is swallowing amniotic fluid while in your belly. That will mix with dead cells in your baby’s digestive system and will come out with the first bowel movement after birth.
- This is also the period when your baby’s ears will start to stand out from the side of the head. The ears might even detect sound during this period.
- Your baby’s gall bladder might start to work during this week.
Those are just some of the changes that your baby may undergo during the 18th week of pregnancy. Now, it’s time to look into the changes that a mother’s body will experience during this period.