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How Far Along Is Duchess Meghan In Her Pregnancy This Week? How The Baby And The Mom Feel At This Stage

Date November 14, 2018

As Duchess Meghan’s baby bump gets more prominent, fans of the Royal Family can’t help but wonder: how many weeks pregnant is she?

According to experts at Parents.com, Meghan Markle is about 18 weeks pregnant. This leads to another question: what’s new for the baby and the mom at this stage of the pregnancy?

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What changes happen in the woman’s body at week 18 of pregnancy?

At this stage of the pregnancy, women may have bouts of increased energy alternating with periods of tiredness.

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Here are a few symptoms pregnant women may experience at week 18, according to HealthLine:

  • carpal tunnel syndrome, which can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in your hands;
  • gastrointestinal symptoms, such as heartburn, indigestion, bloating, and gas;
  • frequent urination;
  • body aches, commonly felt in the back, groin, and thighs.

Some women may also develop a skin itch. Speaking of skin changes, stretch marks may start to appear at this stage.

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How does the baby develop in the 18th week?

At week 18, the baby is about the size of a bell pepper (or a sweet potato, if you prefer) and weighs about 8 ounces. At this point, the baby also starts to move around more, and the mom is better able to feel it. The baby may also start to hiccup and yawn.

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The baby’s ears develop and they start to hear better. They may start hearing the sound of mom’s voice and what’s going on in the outside world.

This week is crucial for the development of the baby’s nervous system, since this is when myelin, the protective covering around nerve cells, forms.

The baby’s genitals are formed and continue to develop, and they become more visible on ultrasound scans.

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Speaking about Meghan and Harry’s baby, we likely won’t know if it’s a boy or a girl until the baby is born if the couple keeps to tradition. But we can continue playing the guessing game until Meghan gives birth, looking for clues that may give away the baby’s gender!

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