Week 18 of Pregnancy
Sleep may be increasingly difficult now as your body grows. Try propping yourself with pillows to help you find a more comfortable sleeping position. You might also try doing pelvic tilts before bed, and always urinate before laying down. At 20.5 centimeters or 8.1 inches total length, your baby is growing rapidly. S/he weighs about 7 ounces (198 grams) *If you haven't started yet, try playing around with baby names! Look through your family history, read books, look at combinations for girls and boys.
Week 19 of Pregnancy
Your baby weighs about 8.5 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom - about the size of a large heirloom tomato... I know another fruit! Your body really picks up the pace and starts to grow now! As a result, you may notice some achiness in your lower abdomen or even an occasional brief, stabbing pain on one or both sides - especially when you shift position or at the end of an active day.
Week 20 of Pregnancy
Congratulations! You've hit the halfway mark in your pregnancy. The top of your uterus is about level with your belly button, and you've likely gained around 10 pounds. Expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on. If you started your pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a bit more; if you were overweight, perhaps a bit less. Make sure you're getting enough iron, a mineral that's used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen). Your baby weighs about 10.5 ounces now and boy or girl is a good question to be answered...you can find out this week through a routine ultrasound. Some physicians may make you wait until 22 weeks just to be sure so be patient if you cannot go until then.
Week 21 of Pregnancy
Your baby is grazing on whatever you are right now, and it may seem as though they are practicing martial arts in there too! Take this as a good sign, you can study their patterns of activity and know when is a good time to rest! You're probably feeling pretty comfortable these days. You're not too big yet, and the usual discomforts associated with early pregnancy are, for the most part, gone. If you're feeling good, relax and enjoy it while you can - the third trimester is fast approaching!
Week 22 of Pregnancy
Your belly may have now become a hand magnet and opinion magnet as well. See your practitioner with any questions or concerns you may have and take the rest of the worlds opinions with a grain of salt! You may start to notice streatch marks at this stage, at least half of all pregnant women develop these marks by the time they give birth. There's no proof that lotion helps prevent stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturized may help with any itching. At almost 1 pound your little one is starting to look like a miniature newborn. Lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are more distinct and tiny tooth buds are forming.
This website provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.