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Your baby is continuing to develop quickly. At this stage, babies can now suck their thumbs, grip firmly with their hands, and open and close their eyelids.
Sometime between 18 and 22 weeks, you will start to feel your baby move. At first, these small fetal movements feel like fluttering or "butterflies." Some women say that they feel like gas bubbles. As the baby grows, these movements will become stronger. You may also notice that your baby kicks and hiccups.
During this time, you may find that your nausea and fatigue are gone. Overall, you may feel better and have more energy than you did in your first trimester. But you may also have new discomforts now, such as sleep problems or leg cramps. This care sheet can help you ease these discomforts.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: September 5, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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