18th week of pregnancy

  • Biparietal diameter of foetus: 38 to 48 mm
  • Weight of foetus: approx. 200 g

You have probably been waiting for this for a long time, and now the time has come! With first-time mothers it may take a few more weeks, but if you have already given birth, you can now try and feel the movement of the child for the first time. These movements are often described as popping soap bubbles, the touch of a butterfly wing or with similarly poetic metaphors - other women find them similar to movements in the intestines.

 

You will notice that there are times when your little one is very still. The foetus sleeps up to 20 hours a day. Then it kicks vigorously and moves a lot - of course this often happens when you want to take a break. The reason for this is very simple: while you move, you gently rock the baby to sleep; on the other hand, when you rest, it is easier for the foetus to move. You are also more likely to feel its exercises when you are relaxed.

 

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