WEEK BY WEEK ADVICE FOR MOMS-TO-BE

Select your stage for information you need to give your precious one the care he/she deserves. Always consult your doctor as a precautionery measure.

Pregnancy is divided into 3 stages. Select your stage for more information.

WHAT’S MY STAGE ?

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You’ve reached your second trimester. For most mums it’s a real milestone because it’s around now that you’ll want to start announcing the news to your friends and family.

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As your baby grows inside you, your body will be going through some changes too during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy; pregnancy hormones will be affecting you both physically and mentally. But, although you might notice your moods are a little changeable, lots of mums-to-be report an increase in their energy levels – especially as morning sickness tends to fade as you enter your second trimester.

This section will tell you all about the developments your baby’s going through, and offer helpful suggestions about how you can look after yourself and make your pregnancy easier.

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2ND TRIMESTER

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Week 18

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Week 18 Pregnancy

At 18 weeks pregnant and measuring roughly 18cm, your baby is growing fast. They are settling into a daily routine and have begun to develop a sleeping habit, their own individual set of unique fingerprints are starting to form and, if you’re expecting a boy, his genitals will become much more distinct and easier to see on a scan.

Dizzy spells are common at week 18 pregnancy. They occur because the volume of your blood increases during pregnancy, which means your heart has to work harder to cope with the extra volume. Your growing uterus may begin to put pressure on some of your blood vessels, which can also leave you feeling faint.

Use your common sense; frequent rest, a healthy diet and remembering to eat little and often throughout the day will help to keep your blood sugar levels stable. Take extra care not to get up too quickly and try to stick to slow-release nutrients such as those found in oats or fruit and vegetables, rather than a simple sugar hit.

If you’re experiencing what feels like butterflies in your stomach, it may well be your baby moving. it usually starts to happen between weeks 16 and 20 of pregnancy – although those little flutters won’t develop into full kicks until your baby is much bigger.

Feeling any other unfamiliar sensations? Pregnancy comes with many side-effects. Our Careline team is available to put your mind at rest. Call them on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday.