18 Weeks Pregnant
At 18 weeks pregnant, you will start to notice that there are more times when your baby is quiet, and other times when they kick and move more frequently.
Needless to say, the active periods seem to happen when you yourself try to get some rest or sleep. The reason for this is that when you are active, e.g. walking, you are rocking your baby to sleep, whereas when you settle down, it is easier for your baby to move.
Pregnancy can be an emotional time, especially with all the changes in your hormone levels. It’s perfectly normal to have mood swings from time to time. Make sure to talk out your feelings with family and friends. If you would like to talk to someone about any aspect of mental health, chat to Irene Lowry, our mental health expert.
What’s coming up?
At 18 weeks pregnant, and almost at the half-way stage in your pregnancy, you’ll be looking forward to your ‘big’ scan, referred to as an ‘anomaly’ scan by professionals, which generally happens around now. It’s a very special time, when most mums will get a really good look at their babies for the first time and be given a photo to take home.
Time to cut out the coffee!
If you haven’t already, now is the time to reduce your caffeine. Because it’s a stimulant, it increases your metabolism and your heart rate, and because it crosses the placenta, it has the same effect on your baby as it does on you. Cut down on coffee slowly if you are used to drinking lots of it or other caffeinated drinks. Let your body adjust by reducing your intake of caffeine gradually, and branching out into more pregnancy friendly drinks.