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.
lissie**** - 16 hours ago
I also feel kicks/hiccups all the time but no one has felt them from the outside yet. HOpefully soon
jh1983 - 3 days ago
Been feeling some baby kicks lately. Im waiting for the day my hubby gets to feel them too. Bad headache today as well :/
lissie**** - 6 days ago
I am not currently having emotions out of wack. But I definitely have felt that way before b/c of hormones. Hope you feel better soon.
jk85 - 6 days ago
Dont know if its the hormones but I feel really emotional, like I get really angry lately. Anybody else experiencing this?
lissie**** - 7 days ago
Lol, right? you shouldn't have to wear pads when pregnant! Isn't that supposed to be one of the perks!?
lissie**** - 7 days ago
Yes I'm a couple of weeks ahead of you :) Thats awesome that the bleeding has turned to brown!!! Old blood finally!!! Once that happened for me things got better! I had to be on strict bed rest for quite a while but you know it helped me heal up! Maybe you are starting to finally heal :) Of course you'll be at risk whole time but still that is great progress! So happy to hear it :)
kathy=^.^= - 7 days ago
Lissie the bleeding is just brown spotting not it still sucks to have to wear pads every day! That's awful finding out you have p. previa make sure you take it easy. Hope everything goes good for you your just a couple weeks ahead of me right? I go to the dr on August 4 and I'm soo excited.
lissie**** - 9 days ago
Kathy, I am always happy to see you post that you are still hanging in there! I found out I have p.previa and thought of you b/c your already experiencing bleeding placenta problems and I've been there and now they saying I might have issues again. But then again I might just avoid them yet :) How are you feeling? Is the bleeding taking a toll on your body? I was SOOO tired. couldn't walk across the room without being winded. eventually it will be over and just keep baby in long enough to be healthy at least! you've come so far!!!
kathy=^.^= - 9 days ago
So excited to have made it this far! Sometimes I feel the baby move then I go a day or so and don't feel anything. Can't wait until my u/s in 2 weeks wanting to know if my subchornic hematoma is resolving. Soooo tired of bleeding it drives me nuts. I'm just happy that I have made it to 18 weeks and praying that I make it all the way. Hope everyone is doing well :)
lissie**** - 16 days ago
You should be able to hear baby with a stethoscope or if you get your own Fetal Doppler if that would be comforting to you. My DH has a stethoscope and since i hadn't felt baby in days he tried to find hb. It took a long while but he eventually found baby's HB!
youngmom01 - 16 days ago
Thanks girls !! Helps a lot , I'll deff ask at my next appointment (:
Juliemom24 - 16 days ago
Youngmom- I felt the baby early on like you and then haven't felt it since. I found out at the ultrasound today that it's because my placenta is in the front. That's probably the case with you too but it's always nice to get it confirmed on an ultrasound. Seeing that heartbeat was so reassuring for me.
Juliemom24 - 16 days ago
Well, the ultrasound tech *thinks* it's a boy!!! She wasn't sure though so I'm going back at 25 weeks to make sure (which means I have to wait 7 more weeks to buy boys clothes...darn it) She was 80% sure so I think it is a boy. Oh my heck, what am I going to do with a boy?! So excited, nervous, etc!
lissie**** - 17 days ago
do you know if your placenta is in front? It makes a huge difference in being able to feel baby!
youngmom01 - 17 days ago
I felt this baby move at 13 weeks for a few days and than nothing since, everything looks fine and heart beat is great but I haven't felt moment ... It does worry me ... Am I the only one this is happening to? I have two other children and I felt them way before this. I wasn't fit before but am very much so now and I'm thinking that may be the reason?! Any input would be great ladies, this mama is stressed!
lissie**** - 17 days ago
I hope baby shows you!!! how exciting!!!
Juliemom24 - 17 days ago
Tomorrow is the big day! I hope baby is ready to reveal itself!!! I'll let you ladies know tomorrow:)
Juliemom24 - 17 days ago
haha, Lissie, I wish that was the case.
lissie**** - 18 days ago
Juliesmomma// you are also very fit with tight abs I'm sure! I didn't show very quickly with my first two..but my 4th and especially this baby just have not tight muscle to hold them in ha ha! I'll have to work on that more after this baby! I would run etc but not work my core. Silly but true.
Juliemom24 - 20 days ago
Well said Lissie. So, I just googled what other moms look like at 18 weeks because I feel my bump is so small. I guess it's normal to not have a big bump yet, I just thought I would be huge by now because I gained weight so quickly during the first trimester.
lissie**** - 21 days ago
He also has coworkers that are legitimately happy for us. Just gotta do what feels right for you. And can't worry what others think. My family growing up was large like I said and we were a safe haven for a lot of other young people. They felt good in our home and I love that we could share that with them. What is right for one person may not be right for another :)
lissie**** - 21 days ago
//Juliesmom// it's one at a time :) I thought having 1 was HARD. Two was hard. I think I just adjusted and the kids are older now. //Letroise// yes, we get the looks and comments. But it's their problem no mine. IT's just the modern culture has changed and is very self focused. Many people don't want to be bothered with kids at all let alone multiple. And many women want more but it just isn't socially acceptable. My DH just told his coworkers we are expecting and the first comment was rude. He is expecting more and thinks it's nasty to say that to someone.
Juliemom24 - 21 days ago
I love big families! I think I get nervous too that I won't be able to give each child the attention that I want to give them. My husband has five siblings and they are all best, best friends. It probably helps that they are almost all boys so they like to do the same things, but still. I would love a big family! We're just working on #2 now so I have a while to go.
letroise11 - 21 days ago
More kids means more personality. My husband and I have 7 girls and 1 boy. When we met he had 2 girls and I had 4 girls. When we all go out we get some looks. Plus I always have to hear that I'm crazy or do I know what causes that. My kids are well adjusted fed and clean. I don't get government assistances, so I don't know why it always bothers everyone else.
lissie**** - 22 days ago
I grew up in a family with 6 kids! It was awesome. We are still so close, loyal and bffs! I want that for my kids. I like you said it is less attention from parents but more from siblings! and I am always spending energy and time with them. I don't work right now so that helps. But I don't do too many crafts, etc etc. and I don't read as much to individual kids as I'd like. I read SO SO SO much to my oldest. She was speaking well before a year old. I read to them each night as a group and to the baby in the morning some. And random times with the others :) We have a zoo/aquarium/botanical garden pass that allows us to get out and do things too. But it's not the same as it is with 1-2 kids. My kids are best friends and have a blast together *when the aren't fighting over a car/truck/ball ha ha!
letroise11 - 22 days ago
Lissie- I completely understand how you feel. With my older girls I stayed at home and now I work 45+ hours a week. I feel like theirs so many of them and there is that I don't get to spend as much quality time with each one. But no one ever died from growing up in a large family. And there is always love coming from some one😊
lissie**** - 22 days ago
I was just thinking today that this being my 5th baby I haven't had this long between babies before. I wanted to wait a little longer. My youngest will be 2 yr a couple of weeks before this one comes. It's been easier than the closer kids but I'm as excited as I am nervous to have a baby in the house again. My oldest will be in 1st grade and the 2nd will be starting kindergarten my 3rd two days in 2.5 hour preschool. So most days it will be 3 of us home and for a couple days a week my 3 year old will get to go to an amazing school. I'm glad he will have this as I don't do as much as I'd like with so many LOs. And they have such an informative, creative, incredible classroom + field trips too! Maybe I can even go on a few before baby comes? IDK
letroise11 - 23 days ago
I'm ok with this pregnancy taking as much time as possible. My son is only 11 months and I want to enjoy this time with till he's not the baby anymore.
lissie**** - 23 days ago
How was the move? Are you settled in your new home? have you found a Dr yet?
lissie**** - 23 days ago
It's faster than last time for me too Juliesmom. THough I am already wishing we were closer :P
Juliemom24 - 24 days ago
Thank heavens for that. This pregnancy has been going by so much faster than my first!
lissie**** - 24 days ago
soon we will be half way there!!
letroise11 - 27 days ago
Woohoo 18 weeks here I am!!!
lissie**** - 31 days ago
glad you are back :) And good thing you get another scan since you uncertain about sex of baby.
jezzicarabbit1 - 31 days ago
I have been locked out of the site for a few months. It was saying invalid name or password but tried again today and it worked. Hope everyone is feeling good. We found out last week we are having a girl but this whole pregnancy I was thinking boy so still not 100% convinced. We have another scan on the 14th and if they say girl then I will be a believer. I am already getting excited but don't want to get too excited until we know for sure.
aprilrose - 31 days ago
My u/a is on 11 July. I don't think I'm finding out but still excited to see baby!
lissie**** - 36 days ago
Lucky! Just one more week for you! 4 for me! It's so exciting :)))
kayte-berk - 36 days ago
Such a slow week. Not many members in my week. :/ Can't wait till next week Wednesday!! Big u/s!!
aksnods - 53 days ago
Well week is here!!! This week went by so slowly. Can't wait 12 more days and we will know what our baby is.
ASergeantsWife - 56 days ago
jojo- Take comfort. I also had the triple down screen and was told that or baby was at medium risk of downs. I worried the whole pregnancy and today she is as healthy and whole as any other.
matoks - 56 days ago
Hey ladies how was ur day all?u won't believe how felt xterday,was having serious pain in my left side tommy dat made me cry,d pain was serious couldn't sleep hoping 2go 2clinic today but 2my surprise I I woke up to no more pain nd d baby had shifted up to my navel area,could it be dat he want 2shift up dats y I felt d pain or what could cause it?#worried#confuse#
bonitadiane - 56 days ago
Super big hugs JoJo. The mind is a powerful tool. As hard as it maybe please please try to not over think the unknown. My hubby always tells me to stop predicting or playing future in my mind but rather let future play out itself. For one can't predict future. And in doing so we will only mess the mind and our thoughts.
I do agree with Twinny if you really can't control thoughts look further into it for more reassurance.
Praying for you my friend. Xo
1 ,ore sleep ladies. How crazzzzyyyy is that. I can't believe the day is almost here.
2 nights ago I had another dream boy. This time I was holding a blue eyed, black hair baby boy.lol
Almost convincing myself now it's a girl.lol
Have a great day ladies!!!!
jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 57 days ago
Awwh big hugs Jojo but am SO with u on the certainty of this being my last pregnancy too. I have never felt so ill or stressed or concerned or worried as I am in this one. Roll on November when we are ALL holding our beautiful healthy babas in our arms whilst chastising them for giving us 9mths of nervous unsettlement!!! Haha ....as for the downs test, if u r that worried huni go seek some further advice but bear in mind, whatever the result would ur outcome be the same and if the answer is yes then try to find some peace of mind and reassurance from ur baba. Keep us updated on u hun we all been worried about u! Xx
jojo - 57 days ago
So excited for you bonita. Can't wait to read your update after your scan.. I'm the same as you guys some days she moves loads others she's very quiet. Think it must depend on where they are lying. I'm ok thanks bonita.. yesterday was a bit of a shock and I didn't sleep very well last night. I've worried about alot of things since finding out I was pregnant but downs wasn't one of them. I can't even put it down to my age because the girl in work is the same age and her score was 4x what mine came back. I know what's meant will be but I must admit I am worried and can't seem to get it out of my mind ;'( I tell you what ladies this is most definitely my last pregnancy, I can't take any more lol xx
bonitadiane - 57 days ago
Thank you ladies it's comforting to hear you guys some days are in the same boat.
I try not too worry too much as there are moments I do feel the flutters. It's been a different pregnancy so far all around. Matoks I'll be ok with a calm not too crazy active child. My first was like this. She was such a great baby. But she was a mover in utero. Although I believe all strong movements started in 3rd trimester. :)
I can't believe it ladies... 2 more sleeps. Exciting!!!
JoJo hope all is well with you? Haven't heard from you in a while.
Have fantastic day ladies.
jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 58 days ago
Good morning girls. Only 2 more sleeps Bonita wooohooo :o) My baba has been exactly the same Bonita, am getting stressed about it as if u remember I was feeling early movements and now Ipractically go all day with 1 or 2 flutters - I havent yet had a proper kick or punch and I dont feel turns...I honestly thought with having previous pregnancys we wud feel more than the odd flutter...? Am seriously guna try to start relaxing abit and not getting too stressy about tiny things as I dont want to be sending the baby negative vibes. Anyways, am delighted for ur cousin, I love hearing happy storys! Hope u all have a lovely day.Xx
matoks - 58 days ago
bonita it happens sometimes,u will still feel enough movement,sometimes i dnt feel movement too nd it always borther me but after some days baba will start rolling in momma,nd probably urs is gonna b a quiet child lol,dnt b worried all is well.
bonitadiane - 58 days ago
Twinny & JoJo it was my cousin who after trying for many years finally got pregnant.:))))
I agree %100 with Twinny. Don't stress JoJo ... It's truly not good for you or baby.
I too don't do that test. I feel if God puts me in it, he'll walk me through it, I leave
everything in Gods hands.
Ladies I'm not getting too much movement here... I'm convinced I have a lazy bub. My previous pregnancies, the girls were super active by this point.
I'm really excited tomorrow is it for my daughter. Looking forward to starting summer.:))))
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