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Week-by-Week Fetal Development

Week 18

If you have not been lucky until now this should definitely be the week that you feel your baby's first movements as he or she is just raring to go. In first pregnancies, new mothers generally find it difficult to identify movements until this stage as they often feel that they may be imagining things.

But this week you can be sure it is not just your hyperactive imagination when your baby kicks or throws a few punches as he begins to test his reflexes. It should be quite hard-hitting as his arms and legs are quite well formed and he has begun his most active phase. You can expect him to twist and turn and wriggle about all day as he is trying to prepare you for his friskiness once he is born. He most definitely is sucking his thumb too, a habit you will have to deal with much later. Sorry, but you can not correct him as yet.

Over the next seven days, tiny air sacs called 'alveoli' will begin to form in his fast developing lungs. Your baby now measures about eight inches or 20cm. this week.

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