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Week 18 of pregnancy | Second Trimester

(counting from the first day of last menstrual period)

Week 18 of your pregnancy means that you’re fast approaching the half way mark. It also means that Mom may be battling to sleep, and that Baby’s digestive system is one step closer to soiling nappies….

With your body growing as fast as it is, it’s only natural that it may disrupt your sleep patterns. Many pregnant women find that they suffer from some degree of insomnia during the course of their pregnancy. If the problem lies in being physically uncomfortable, try to use a pillow to support one leg or your slowly protruding tummy. Should you be suffering from backache, ask your partner to give you a light back or neck rub before bed.  However, you may find that the problem is not physical at all – you may just need to relax a little. A warm bath before bed is always soothing and adding 1-2 drops of lavender oil to the water will help in calming you and is good for promoting sleep. Another trick is to drink a small hot milk drink such as Milo or Hot Chocolate before bedtime. This may, however, mean a trip or two to the bathroom in the middle of the night. With bladder issues in mind, be sure to go to the toilet before bed to empty your bladder, thereby cutting down on at least one bathroom trip in the night.


At approximately 20 centimetres and 180 grams, your baby is growing rather quickly by now. Pads on the fingertips as well as the toes are forming this week, and your baby’s bones continue in ossification (hardening). Meconium (the first faecal matter) is starting to be produced by the digestive system and will accumulate in the bowel.

Even when your partner is not pregnant, she may vent if she’s in a bad mood. During a pregnancy more than ever, let her vent all she needs and just understand that she doesn’t necessarily want you to take action – just be her support system and talk to her when she needs it.

All is said and done for Week 18. Next week we take a look at the effects of pregnancy on your skin and we celebrate Baby’s uniqueness.

Tip of the Week | be encouraged

Drink 6 - 8 glasses of water per day to avoid constipation.

Baby Quote of the Week | be inspired

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one. Leo J. Burke

Good Reads | be informed

Oh Baby, I'm Having a Baby by Torran/Michelle Bagamary/Iglesias. A lovely treasure trove of quotes perfect for the mother-to-be, this book covers topics such as the joys of being pregnant, the satisfaction of giving birth and bringing life into the world, the wondrous fulfillment of caring for a newborn, and the splendor of motherhood, that are sure to bring a smile to your face, make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, touch your heart, inspire your mind, and enrich your soul.


Baby Names we Like | be prepared