18 weeks and 5 days

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18 Weeks, 5 Days

18 weeks and 5 days

17-18 Weeks Pregnant - BABY MOVING AT 18 WEEKS!!!

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When your baby is born, you may hear about using white noise to help them sleep. The reason this is such a great trick is because they're used to noise - the womb is far from silent. At 18 weeks they can hear sounds all around them and might even respond to music or a loud noise. Your waist will start to disappear as your womb moves up out of your pelvis and your bump is becoming more noticeable. Your bump is growing and hormones are making your muscles and ligaments relax, which is not a good combination for your back. You might feel the odd movement as your baby practises kicking, and flexing his tiny limbs. It can be wonderfully reassuring to feel your baby wriggle about inside you but don't expect to feel it much at this stage.

Your baby will be a unique individual and his fingerprints will be proof of this. The ridge patterns in the dermis that will eventually form fingerprints and "toeprints" are fully developed by this stage of pregnancy. These skin ridges are genetically determined and, as with most developments, are seen about a week earlier in the hands than the feet. Your baby's sweat glands appeared in his skin in the eighth week, and will continue to increase up to 28 weeks; but they do not function until after birth. The color of your baby's skin is due to melanin, a pigment produced by "melanocytes," specialized skin cells that have now migrated into the skin. Different skin tones are not due to differing numbers of these cells but due to the amount and shade of pigment that each cell produces. Melanin protects the skin from ultraviolet light which damages DNA.

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18 weeks pregnant - all you need to know

18 Weeks Pregnant: What Does Every Woman Need To Understand

Your baby's fingers and toes are fully developed and their unique prints are beginning to form.
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  1. As baby grows rapidly you might feel those kicks getting stronger as he moves around, rolling and squirming and exploring.

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