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18 Weeks Pregnant

Does my bump look big in this?

Your baby is the size of an artichoke!

This week, your baby has learned how to yawn and hiccup.

You may notice your waist starting to disappear. This is because your womb is moving up and out of your pelvis. This will also make your bump a lot more noticeable, which is why your belly may seem to 'pop' overnight. As a result, you may start to notice a few pesky stretch marks. These are classic souvenirs of pregnancy, but if you want to minimise them you could get your partner to rub some lotion into your belly. Why not ask for a massage while they're at it?

Weirdly, eating plenty of foods rich in vitamin-C can also help prevent stretch marks, by toning your skin and making it less susceptible to tearing. Pass me the oranges!

Unfortunately though, it seems genetics play the biggest role in stretch marks. Ask your mother or grandmother how they fared. Chances are, either way, you'll likely follow suit.

22 weeks to go!