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Take a Glimpse of What's Inside at WEEK 18

 

Your little one is developing by leaps and bounds! Read on to follow baby's milestones at week 18.

Monday, May 21st, 2018

BABY DEVELOPMENT

 

By this week, your baby’s nerve cell endings will accumulate to about 12 to 14 million. You and your baby are doing some serious wonders in there!

 

Your precious one’s heart has grown big enough that with a stethoscope placed on your belly, you can now hear its sweet heartbeats.

 

The fingers are starting form fingerprints. It’s beginning to grow some soft nails too!

 

Muscles are getting stronger and movements are becoming more vigorous. If you haven’t felt your baby dancing around yet, you should soon!

 

YOUR BODY

 

It’s an incredible feeling knowing that a life is growing inside you. We bet you just can’t wait until you can see this wonder face to face! Don’t worry ‘cause you’re almost halfway there. For now, let’s fuel your excitement even more as it’s almost time for your second ultrasound scan!

 

This time around is the great reveal we’ve all been waiting for. Is your baby going to be a boy or a girl? Either way, your little one’s going to be as lovely as you are. That’s what we’re sure of!

 

Just in case you don’t see anything yet, there’s nothing to be worried about. Even the keenest gynecologist’s eye will have a hard time reconizing a fetus at this stage.

 

NUTRITION

 

Though it may sound unpleasant, the truth is that pregnancy has a way of interfering with your regular bowel movement. We’ve listed down some simple remedies to make it manageable for you!

 

  • Start your day with a pulpy orange or pomelo juice.
  • Fiber foods are your new best friends! Fresh or cooked green veggies, fruits, and lots of whole grains can really work wonders!
  • Give your body the proper hydration it needs. Drink plenty of water—at least 1.5 to 2 liters per day.

 

If constipation persists, don’t hesitate to consult with your doctor. NEVER take over-the-counter laxatives.

 

TIPS

 

You already know the important role played by calcium in you and your baby’s healthy bones. But how is this possible when you’re lactose intolerant? You have to be more resourceful in meeting your calcium needs.

 

To give you an idea, there are lactose-reduced milk products available in the market. If you don’t feel like consuming dairy products, you can opt for dried beans or dark, leafy veggies such as seaweed. These are also great sources of calcium.

 

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