Week 18 Second Trimester


Your uterus is about the size of a cantaloupe now. This causes your body’s center of gravity to shift, pulling your lower back forward and pushing your abdomen out. This is why your back aches a lot more often lately.

At this point, you may feel lightheaded, dizzy, or faint as your body is working harder to nourish your baby and to pump extra blood into your system. These symptoms aren’t harmful unless they occur frequently or severely. To help minimize them, try dangling your legs over the side of the bed or chair for 20 seconds before attempting to stand.

You may want to consider looking for a good pediatrician at this time. Ask fellow moms about how and why they chose their child’s doctor.

Your Baby

You better start singing those lullabies because in the coming weeks, your baby will be able to hear sounds like your heartbeat and blood moving through the umbilical cord. By this time, his ears have moved to their final position.

His eyes are also developing; they now face forward and may even be able to detect the beam of a flashlight if you hold it to your abdomen.

His bones are beginning to harden, starting with those in his legs and collarbones. Get enough calcium for the both of you!

Philippine Association for Childbirth Education

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