The reason for this scan is to check the physical development of your baby.
The sonographer might also be able to tell the sex of your baby at this scan.
When your baby is born, you may hear about using white noise to help them sleep.
If you'd prefer not to know whether you're having a boy or a girl, let them know so they don't accidentally tell you the gender!
“I didn’t find out what we were expecting in my first pregnancy.
If you've been pregnant before, this may happen a bit sooner than for first-time mums.
Your bump is growing and hormones are making your muscles and ligaments relax, which is not a good combination for your back.
Ask your midwife, health visitor or GP about NHS classes locally, or visit to find a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) course near you. Secondhand smoke is highly toxic, despite the fact that 80% of it is invisible and doesn’t smell.
No matter how careful your partner thinks they are being about keeping smoke away from you, you and your baby still get the harmful poisons.At 18 weeks they can hear sounds all around them and might even respond to music or a loud noise.Your waist will start to disappear as your womb moves up out of your pelvis and your bump is becoming more noticeable.Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Jonathan Cape, p.207 2. Spina bifida is a term that is used to describe a series of birth defects that affect the development of the spine and central nervous system.If you suffer from backache these tips should help: Get our free guide to 10 common pregnancy complaints (and how to avoid them) straight to your inbox.