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  Pregnancy Diary – Week 18


Posted by: Alyson @ 10:29 pm

Baby is about inches long and 5.5 ounces. Getting bigger every day! She will start to hear noise these next few weeks and she can see through your uterus, too! You may find that your lower back is starting to ache – that’s because your uterus is settling into a lower position, and because of the hormone, Relaxin,Alyson's Pregnancy Diary which “relaxes” the muscles.

Depending on the position of the baby, you may be able to find out if you’re carrying a boy or girl! Be prepared not to find out, though. It’s still pretty early. Some babies remain in a hard-to-see position all pregnancy! It’s not that common, but it can happen. Either way, you can schedule an appointment for an ultrasound. There are also some fun ways to see if you’re carrying a boy or girl. Most, if not all, are old wives’ tales, but some can be surprisingly accurate. Although ultrasounds are pretty accurate these days, it’s possible to be wrong. The only way to be 100% positive is by performing an amniocentesis.

Plan to take a vacation one of these weeks. You’ll want to get away before the baby comes, but you don’t want to go away when you’re close to your due date or when you’re bigger and can’t do as much. Try to do all the things you won’t be able to do once the baby arrives – sleeping late, breakfast in bed, lazy mornings, sitting at the beach, going to a nice place for dinner, going to a show or movie, and going to a spa (check with your doctor about what to avoid when going to a spa). Pamper yourself now so you don’t feel deprived or burnt out a few months after baby arrives.

In response to the question, “I can’t seem to relieve the ever-present backache. Any advice?” – Esther K. from New Jersey

First off, to prevent backache in the first place, make sure to wear low heels or flats with a good arch support. Don’t do any heavy lifting. If you’re on your feet a lot, take lots of frequent sitting breaks. Make sure you sleep on a firm mattress. To relieve back pressure, place a pillow in the small of your back when you sit. Take a long bath (check with your doctor), use a heating pad or cold pack, and go for massages (check with your doctor).

Have any questions that you’d like us to feature here? I’d love to hear from you! Click here to contact me directly.

Due to the overwhelming amount of responses and questions, we cannot publish every question. However, you will receive a personal response to your question.

-Alyson

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