Updated 21 November 2014

Week 22: 18 weeks to go!

Your baby can hear sounds. Read what else is happening this week.


What is happening to your baby:

  • Your baby measures 19cm crown to rump and 27cm from head to toe.
  • The brain grows rapidly.
  • Eyelids and eyebrows have formed.
  • Your baby is getting fat on those bones.
  • In boys, the testes are starting to descend from the pelvis to the scrotum.
  • Your baby can hear sounds.

What is happening to you:

  • You may feel emotionally more stable and in control.
  • Some women enjoy sex more because of the increase in blood flow to the clitoris and increased vaginal lubrication.
  • You’re probably gaining weight more steadily now.

What to do:

  • During the second trimester you will feel better than in the other trimesters. Go away with your partner to enjoy a carefree holiday. 
  • If you are worried about having sex, read up on or speak to your doctor about it.
  • Have a foetal anomaly scan done.


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