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Guide to Being 18 Weeks Pregnant


Don't Worry If…
There are totally legitimate reasons why you feel like you need to rest a lot these days. So go for it!
There are totally legitimate reasons why you feel like you need to rest a lot these days. So go for it!
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So many changes, so little time and energy. Save a little of both by banishing any deep (or shallow, as it would be) concerns about:

  • Stretch marks -- If you're going to get them, you're going to get them, so don't waste time worrying about it. To decrease the severity, gain weight slowly and keep it in a healthy range (typically under 35 pounds).
  • Dark spots/lines -- Those new freckles and that perhaps-disturbing line (linea negra) down the center of your belly will fade after delivery. If you had perfectly even-toned skin before pregnancy (lucky you), you'll probably have it afterward, too.
  • Sitting (or lying) around more than usual -- No, you're not getting lazy or "milking it." There are physical, totally legitimate reasons why you feel like you need to rest a lot these days. Go with it.
  • Lack of perceptible fetal activity -- It's perfectly normal to start feeling movement in the fifth or even sixth month. Don't sweat it. There's plenty going on in there. If you need to see it, request an ultrasound.

At the end of this week, you'll be halfway through month five and nearly halfway through the physical, mental and perhaps spiritual experience that is your pregnancy. Do your best to focus on the positive and enjoy the bloated, glowing ride. You may find you miss it when it's over, heartburn and all.


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