By week 18 of your pregnancy, your baby's crown-to-rump length is 5 to 5.5 inches long. Your baby continues to develop fat layers and weighs about 5.25 ounces. Your baby will continue to grow and develop, but the rapid growth will slow down for a little while. You will be able to feel your uterus just below your bellybutton. If you put your fingers sideways to measure, you can feel your uterus about two finger-widths below your bellybutton. At this point of your pregnancy, your uterus is approximately the size of a cantaloupe. Although weight gain varies from woman to woman, your total weight gain at this point should be 10 to 13 pounds.
At this time if you had an ultrasound, heart abnormalities can be detected. If the ultrasound technician detects abnormalities, further ultrasound exams may be ordered to follow the baby's development. There is still space available in your uterus and your baby will be active for periods at a time. Your baby may sit cross legged or turn somersaults.
Around this time, your baby becomes more sensitive to the outside world and shows her presence through powerful kicks and prods. The bones through which sound is passed to the inner ear have hardened and the parts of the brain that receives and processes nerve signals from the ears are developing. This means that your baby can hear now. Your baby will get used to familiar sounds, such as your heart beating, familiar voices, blood rushing through the umbilical cord and other daily routine sounds. Your baby will become startled if he hears a loud sound.
If you have a stethoscope at home, you can now hear the baby's heartbeat yourself.
Comments on week 18
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Rileysmom21 - 27 days ago
Aww thanks! Feeling much better now! Didn't realize how easy it is to get dehydrated being pregnant! I felt like I was drinking and drinking but still got dehydrated which made everything worse... Back on track ! Lol how are all of u ladies feeling!? I'm still sort of feeling like this isn't even real! ? Maybe after ultrasound tomorrow it might sink in?
BabySaunders - 27 days ago
Hope you feel better Rileysmom! Being sick sucks.
Rileysmom21 - 28 days ago
Ugggg just what I needed! Stomach virus😖was in bed all day yesterday so today feel like a weak old lady, I hate feeling like this!! But on the bright side sonogram is in 2 days!! Praying all is well, so nervous!
BabySaunders - 31 days ago
Lol boring week? I think because I'm homeschooling and have a home business, my days just FLY by. I barely have enough time to get basic chores done. So usually my husband is going back to work and I'm like whoa. The week is over?
Jennish - 31 days ago
Mine alternates almost on a weekly basis. Sometimes it goes quickly and sometimes it just drags on like craaaaazy. It feels like I've been stuck between 17-18 weeks for a year.
BabySaunders - 35 days ago
Week 18! Unreal. I feel like it's going by so incredibly quickly. My first two pregnancies DRAGGED on forever. This one I'm like holy moly? Anatomy scan time already? What in the world? He's going to be here before I know it!
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