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At 18 weeks, You're in the second trimester and four-and-a-half months pregnant. Your energy levels may be slightly higher at this point, and you may notice your baby's first movements. These movements can be felt between the 18th and 20th week and could be described as fluttering, swishing, or rolling. Most women are unable to recognize the baby's movements, also known as quickening but the baby becomes more active as it grows, and the motions inside become more noticeable.
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Fetal development at 18 weeks
1 Lung branch out
The tiniest tubes begin to form near the terminals of the branches in the lungs and respiratory sacs begin to develop at the end of these small tubes. These sacs will become interwoven with small blood veins by the time your baby is born, allowing oxygenated blood to circulate to all of the body's organs and tissues.
2 At 18 weeks, your baby's parts are now being formed. If you are expecting a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are established and if you're having a boy, his genitals will be visible now, but he may conceal them during an ultrasound.
Changes in the mother at 18 weeks
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Your circulatory system is undergoing significant changes and your blood pressure will likely be lower than usual during this trimester. If you get up too quickly from a lying or sitting posture, you might feel dizzy.
2 Increased hunger
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At week 18, you may start to notice a rise in appetite as well as specific food desires. It is a normal occurrence for all women during pregnancy.
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