What's happening in week 18 of your pregnancy?

Your baby's bones are growing stronger and are hardening. Soft cartilage is now transforming into a sturdy structure.

Your baby is about 14 centimetres. They weigh about 200 grams.

Their sense of hearing is developing. The bone in your baby's inner ear is forming along with nerve endings that will allow them to hear what's around them, like the rumbles in your tummy.

How is your baby's brain developing?

Connections between nerve cells in your little one's brain stem and spinal cord are forming and will help to refine your baby's movements and reflexes.

What pregnancy symptoms might you experience this week?

Some moms-to-be may get sudden nosebleeds at this pregnancy stage, or sometime during the second trimester due to hormonal changes. Avoid nosebleeds and enjoy your pregnancy with these tips:

Stay hydrated

  • Drinking more water can prevent your nose membranes from getting dry, which makes it easier for the delicate vessels in the nose to break and bleed.
  • Stay away from environmental irritants such as smoke.
  • Blowing your nose too hard, especially when you have a cold, can also lead to nose bleeds.

Mom's tip of the week

If you're overwhelmed with stress or are depressed over having to deal with such new symptoms and your changing body, talk to your doctor or a friend about how you feel to get some support. Emotional health matters to your pregnancy.