18 weeks pregnant- On holiday and loving it!

Pregnant and on the beach

I’m in North Cyprus! The first thing I did was jump into the sea and it felt so great to feel weightless. Plus the sea salt did wonders to my skin. On top of that, I felt fantastic, my skin had started to glow, my hair felt soft and thick, and, most importantly, my appetite was back with a vengeance.

Previously, the smell of meat would make my stomach churn but now the smell made me crave a Turkish kebab. My family in Cyprus hadn’t seen me for about five years so everyone greeted me with hugs and kisses and patted my belly in appreciation that I was adding a member to our family. Hubby fitted in really well too and soon the family kebabs, drinking and evening dips in the sea felt like second nature to him. I still didn’t feel little Boxer yet but I could feel that he was growing inside me. I felt so protective of my bump and whenever I would walk over rough terrain or climb steps, I’d place my hand over the bump to protect my little Boxer. The heat was scorching at 40 degrees but the maxi dresses were perfect as they allowed air to get to my bump so little Boxer wouldn’t overheat. If I had to pass on any advice to my pregnant gals right now I would say GO ON HOLIDAY NOW! The second trimester seems to still allow you to have fun without feeling too heavy and, well, pregnant. Oh and buy a swimming noodle. They are perfect to keep you bobbing around on the surface of the pool and the sea and they are also great fun to play around with. If it lasts, I may keep the noodle for when my Boxer grows up and plays in the water.

A fun fact – The baby is about 12cm now – The size of an artichoke!

The Science Part

18 weeks pregnant - the science part

Your baby at 18 weeks

  • Your baby has now up to 14,000,000,000 nerve cells!
  • Their heart is big enough to now be heard through a stethoscope
  • Your baby’s fingerprints are growing
  • Your baby is now yawning, hiccuping, sucking and swallowing!

Your pregnancy signs and symptoms

  • Your second ultrasound scan should be coming up pretty soon. This scan will check to see if your baby is healthy. If they are in the right position you will be able to tell the sex of the baby too!
  • You might be able to feel your baby’s movements now
  • Are you experiencing swollen feet and/or hands? As long as the swelling isn’t sudden or severe it is just another niggling pregnancy symptom.
  • The baby may be putting a lot of pressure on your back now so you may start to experience backaches.

Your next steps

  • If you are struggling to stay regular then keep up with your fibre and water intake. Green vegetables, fruits and whole grain foods are rife in fibre and prunes are great for pushing things along. Avoid over the counter laxatives and stick to a healthy diet and you should find yourself getting going again
  • Keep your calcium and vitamin D levels up for good bone growth and development. It is recommended to take one vitamin D supplement a day.
  • Have you got a maternity pillow yet? You may be struggling to sleep due to your bump so now is the time to invest in some support.

Note:  These are just general ideas of how you and your baby are getting on. Don’t forget that every baby develops differently. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, please consult your doctor or midwife.

*Illustrations by Charlotte Watkins. 

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Leyla Preston (583 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 6. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/