The child

The child

Your baby now measures about 7 inches (18 cm) from head to foot and weighs about 4.4 ounces (125 gm) at the start of the week—and about 5.6 ounces (160 gm) at the end of the week. This is a period of enormous activity for your baby who is now kicking, making faces, somersaulting and twisting. Your baby’s unique fingerprints start to appear.
Inside the uterus week 18
Mother

Mother

You could be feeling your baby’s movements like a rumbling in your stomach or a fluttering sensation. It is as likely that it will be a few more weeks before you feel your baby move—this varies greatly. You’re probably feeling more energetic and an increase in libido with the high estrogen levels boosting the amount of blood in your pelvic region.
Pregnancy week 18 Mother beige
Partner

Partner

Is it OK to have sex while you’re pregnant? Absolutely! But be aware that a fluctuating sex drive during pregnancy is perfectly normal (for both partners). Some women feel sexier while others lose their libido completely—both feelings are normal. Be understanding and listen to your partner’s feelings; don’t add pressure if their desire is low.

If you don’t feel like sex, you can still cuddle, kiss and hug. All types of caresses and closeness are good for you and stimulate the “feel-good” hormone oxytocin that can increase well-being.

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