Week 18 Of Your Pregnancy

Your baby’s sense of hearing develops this week and he or she can now hear your heart beat. Their brain is continuing to develop cognitive skills and the nervous system keeps building up reflexes. Your baby may recoil from loud or sudden noises.

CHANGES TO YOUR BODY:

Your swelling belly may bring along some slightly uncomfortable symptoms, including heartburn. Heartburn is caused when stomach acid backs up into the oesophagus, and it is felt as a burning sensation. Symptoms are most common during the second and third trimesters, when your growing uterus starts to compress your stomach and push its contents upward.

LIFESTYLE CONSIDERATIONS:

If you are struggling with heartburn, you may need to eat five or six smaller meals a day instead of three large ones. Avoid fatty, fried foods, which take longer to break down, as well as anything that is spicy, acidic or bubbly.

GOOD ADVICE:

It is one thing to learn about baby care and yet another to experience it first hand. If this is your first baby, try to arrange to spend a day with a friend or relative who has a baby so you can get some hands on experience, practice your nappy changing skills and get a feel for what it’s really like.

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