Sliding into being 18 weeks pregnant!
You’re now 18 weeks pregnant and changes in your body are becoming more apparent. At this stage in your pregnancy you’ll be gaining more weight and feeling an increase in your appetite. These pregnancy symptoms are perfectly natural and to be expected when you’re 18 weeks pregnant. When it comes to your increased appetite the important thing to remember is that even though you’re eating for two, you still have to watch your calorie intake!
Keep up the fitness!
At this point in your pregnancy you’ve most likely come up with the ideal fitness plan for you and your lifestyle. Being 18 weeks pregnant means that it’s more important than ever to keep up with your fitness. Remember…keeping fit can alleviate many of those unpleasant pregnancy symptoms you’re experiencing.
Feel like you’re living in the bathroom?
Now that you’re 18 weeks pregnant you might feel as though you’re always spending a lot time in the bathroom. Nausea and an over-active bladder are two unpleasant pregnancy symptoms behind these frequent bathroom visits. At this stage in your pregnancy your uterus is getting bigger and bigger, putting a lot of pressure on your bladder. Even though these pregnancy symptoms are frustrating and annoying they’re something most pregnant women experience during their pregnancy. Smile and know you’re not alone! Most other women who are 18 weeks pregnant are in the bathroom just as often as you are!
Feeling over sensitive
No doubt about it, there are times when you’re going to feel overly sensitive and frustrated with all these pregnancy symptoms you have to deal with. As you make your way through your pregnancy take some time to acknowledge your sensitivity as you deal with your changing body. After all, with so many things happening at once, what woman isn’t going to be a little sensitive now and then? To deal with these emotions now that you’re 18 weeks pregnant it’s important that you talk to your partner about how you’re feeling. Asking for a hug now and then can go a long way!
Is your baby making you forgetful?
Do you feel that now you’ve reached 18 weeks that you’re becoming more and more forgetful? Forgetfulness, also known as “pregnancy brain”, is one of those pregnancy symptoms that most women will experience at some point in their pregnancy and is perfectly normal. Just think of all the changes that are taking place in your body. Not only are your hormones changing, there are so many things on your mind. These distractions can lead to forgetfulness and feelings of inadequacy. Instead of letting these pregnancy symptoms get you down why not come up with tools to help you cope. Write down things as you think of them. Make notes about things you want to do in the coming weeks of your pregnancy. Being pregnant should be a fun and exciting time so don’t let any annoying pregnancy symptoms get you down, especially not a little forgetfulness now and then!
Start thinking of prenatal classes
Now is the time to start thinking about signing up for prenatal classes. While most women attend prenatal classes during their sixth or seventh month of being pregnant, these types of classes fill up fast. You want to make sure you get signed up and don’t end up on a waiting list! Not only will you learn more about being pregnant in these classes, you’ll most likely make some new friends. While 18 weeks pregnant you’re most likely starting to feel a little anxious about the upcoming birth of your baby. Prenatal classes will teach you ways to relax in the weeks to come as well as prepare you for what to expect as your due date approaches.
Slide into comfort!
Day by day there are more annoying symptoms that seem to pop up. This is the time when your comfort is of the utmost importance. Hopefully by now you’ve realized that wearing comfortable clothing is a must at this stage in your pregnancy. Wearing clothing that is tight and restricted is going to hinder your movements, whether you’re at work or lounging around at home. The more comfortable you are the better able you’re going to be deal not only with pregnancy symptoms such as sore feet but also with your changing emotions. And don’t forget how important sleep is when it comes to your comfort. While 18 weeks pregnant you need to be getting as much “good” rest as you can. Add an extra pillow or two to your bed to get as comfortable as possible and ease some of those symptoms such as a sore back! After all, the more relaxed you are the more calm, cool, and collected you’ll be throughout this wonderful time in your life!
(all information taken from www.yourbabylibrary.com )