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Updated 08 October 2018

Week 18: 22 weeks to go!

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

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We hope you're loving your pregnancy so far!

Your baby's progress:

  • Your baby measures about 20cm.
  • Pads are forming on the fingers and toes.
  • Your baby has fingerprints: how cute is that?
  • Meconium, your baby’s first bowel movement, accumulates within the bowel.
  • Your baby’s limbs are lengthening.
  • The body length is catching up to the head size.
  • The prostate gland (in boys) develops.
  • Your baby may even have hiccups.

Your progress:

  • 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 secondhand maternity wear. There's no point spending a lot of money on clothes you can only wear for a couple of weeks.
  • Visit your dentist for a check-up.

Good to know:

  • Avoid back pain by wearing comfortable shoes, maintaining a good posture, sleeping on a firm mattress, and spending more time in the bath or pool (water helps the muscles to relax).

 
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