You are 18 Weeks and 3 Days 151 days to go…

Wanting to protect your baby is a natural maternal instinct and it’s likely to have started already.

Your baby today

Coiling is now well established in the umbilical cord. This coiling protects the cord from kinking and from pressing on the umbilical arteries and vein. The coils help ensure that there is a continuous flow of blood both to the placenta and also back to the baby.

It’s understandable that you want your baby to have the best start in life, but this may lead you to unnecessary anxiety about his health and well-being.

You may find yourself worried about things that previously did not bother you. For example, you may use a computer regularly and only now become concerned about the radiation it might produce (see as a matter of fact).

Try to relax and keep concerns in perspective; remember that your baby is very resilient and well-protected inside the uterus. If you have concerns about lifestyle issues or how your baby is developing, your doctor can provide information and reassurance.

Meanwhile, you can take good care of yourself by eating well, exercising regularly, and attending all your prenatal appointments.

Taking care of your baby will become your main concern and there’s unlikely to be a day that goes by where you don’t consider your baby’s well-being.

There is no significant radiation from a computer that can affect an unborn baby.

Many studies have been done to examine the low-level radiation that computers and laptops emit, but they’ve found computers to be safe.

… doctor
Q: What are the risks if I gain too much weight?
A: Pregnant women who overeat tend to have larger babies, which can make the delivery more difficult (the baby is more likely to get stuck during the birth) and increase the likelihood of having a cesarean section.

Pregnant women who are overweight are also more likely to experience health complications, such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Their children may be at greater risk of becoming diabetic and being obese in later life.

Most of the research seems to focus on pregnant women who have gained more than 40 lb (18 kg).

You are 18 Weeks and 4 Days 150 days to go…

There’s no harm in encouraging your baby to move to increase the likelihood of you feeling his wiggles.

Your baby today

This is a side view ultrasound scan with the baby’s head in the top left. Your baby appears completely human with all fingers and toes fully developed. The skin is now covered with lanugo, fine protective hair.

If you’re waiting to feel your baby’s first movements, be patient. Although it’s reassuring to feel him wiggling around, becoming stressed about it won’t be good for either of you. Remember, many pregnant women—first-time moms especially—don’t feel those first flutterings until 18 to 20 weeks or later. Also remember that while you’re awake, your baby spends a lot of time sleeping.

There are a few ways you can try to stimulate your baby into action—the more he moves, the more chance there is that you’ll feel it. First of all, stop and relax. If you’ve been busy all day, you may have been distracted and not felt your baby’s movements. Keeping still may also waken him, since he isn’t being “rocked” within your uterus.

Try playing loud music to him, which will not only wake him, but also encourage him to respond. Some women report that their unborn babies “kicked” to a rhythm!

It may also help to lie down on your side, with your belly supported. Doing this may stimulate your baby to move, as he changes his position to accommodate yours. If all else fails, have a sweet, icy cold drink, which may do the trick.

You will probably not be able to feel your baby move yet, but he is incredibly active inside your uterus. Somersaults and stretches are part of his daily routine, as are thumb and toe sucking. Your baby moves when awake and asleep: he has no control over his movements at this stage. Ultrasound scans reveal a huge range of movement in between inactive periods.

… Doctor
Q: My baby seems to “jump” when he hears loud noises—is this likely or am I imagining it?
A: Yes, this is common. Research has shown that a baby can react to sounds in the uterus from as early as nine weeks’ gestation.

Premature babies react to sounds with a “startle reflex,” so this provides strong evidence that babies in the uterus will hear and react to loud sounds, too, possibly with sudden movements.

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