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Pregnancy Week 18 - Capsicum Baby

Oh hey week 18. This week we felt baby's first kicks and had an Ultrasound to check in and find out the sex!

👶🏽 Baby Status: Baby is around 15cm this week and 190 grams (the size of a capsicum). Bub's nervous system is maturing rapidly, though this is something that an ultrasound won't pick up. Baby is developing a more complex network of nerves now covered with a substance called 'Myelin' that helps send these messages from nerve cell to nerve cell. The ones in the brain are further deloping to serve senses of touch, taste, smell , sight and hearing. And the cool thing - baby's hearing is more and more accurate. So bub can hear sounds from outside the belly.

🤰🏽 Mama's Status: This week was the first week Guillaume felt a kick from the outside! My belly is still steadily growing and my uterus has grown so much and completely shifted my centre of gravity which I feel in many yoga balancing postures. This week we had our 18-week scan to check the organs and sex. Baby was so stubborn and didn't want to move out of this one position - despite the star jumps and handstands! He or she looked so cute in there sucking the thumb. We spent most of the scan closing our eyes because we don't want to know the sex just yet. We'll know the full results of the scan when we see our doctor next week.

Weight: +5.5kg

Diet and Cravings: Still having 3 meals a day and snacks in between. My cravings this week have been sweet food so trying as much as I can to make this fruit.

Pregnancy Exercises and Yoga: This week has been mostly stretching, some gym workouts and 2 x morning beach runs. Every week is just that little bit harder to move around with the extra weight.

Products I'm Loving: So this week we got a motion-sensor LED night light from Ikea. I've been finding getting up to pee 50 times in the middle of the night a bit of a hassle fumbling for the light switch. Not to mention bright lights in the middle of the night mess with you sleep-wake cycle and make it harder to fall back asleep. Hands down the best thing. It sticks to the bathroom wall, turns on only when triggered in the night time, is a soft LED light and battery operated.

Self Care Ritual This Week: Lavender bath 🛀

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✌🏽 Thanks for taking the time to read and connect. I'm sharing my pregnancy journey online for friends, family and other mamas out there. If you have any questions, tips or anything you'd like to share, please comment below.

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