Updated 21 November 2014

Week 18: 22 weeks to go!

Your baby has fingerprints - so keep him/her out of trouble! You might also start to feel movement.


What is happening to your baby:

  • Your baby measures about 20cm.
  • Pads are forming on the fingers and toes.
  • Your baby has fingerprints – so keep him/her out of trouble!
  • Meconium, your baby’s first bowel movement, accumulates within the bowel.
  • Your baby’s limbs are lengthening.
  • The body length is catching up to head size.
  • The prostate gland (in boys) develops.
  • Baby may have hiccups.

What is happening to you:

  • The uterus is just below your bellybutton.
  • Your gums become more spongy due to increased pregnancy hormones.
  • You may be feeling your baby move (“quickening”).

What to do:

  • Ask friends and relatives for second-hand maternity wear. There is no use spending a lot of money on clothes you can only wear for a couple of weeks.
  • Visit your dentist for a check-up.


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