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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baby ali - 1 days ago
Don't think I can handle another till son is abit older to be honest, once he's in nursery I will be thinking about maybe one more, till then I shall be enjoying my some wat slim figure LOL😝
funtimemum80 - 2 days ago
Good to hear your'e A- ok baby Ali, my daughter started walking in September/October and it was a blessing she found her feet as I was being sick and suffering from fatigue around the same time, at least she was able to play independently with her brother while the others were at school, it eased that guilt you get when you are feeling sorry for yourself and your body is stuck to the sofa! Fortunetly its eased over time, but I'm sure it will be fun and games once I'm in those last few weeks of pregnancy! I'm sure il see you on here in the future again xx take care xx
baby ali - 2 days ago
Funtime- am good thankyou x just so busy with kids and my son has started walking from 2 weeks ago and keeps me on my toes all day long, loving the moment tho sons a well behaved little boy and I can't believe he's walking around 🤗 Don't think I cud have handled being 4/5 months preg right now tho don't have time to sit and rest with 3 kids, good luck everyone xx
funtimemum80 - 3 days ago
That's such a shame baby wasn't co-operating what a stubborn child! Have you got the opinion of going private for a quick gender scan?? I had the worst restless legs with my 4th pregnancy, for months I lay awake bent in all positions just to try and relieve some of the ache, then with the same baby I suffered Braxton hicks from around now, as I got bigger they got worst and I would contract regularly all through the night. When I did go into labour she flew out within 45 mins the easiest of all births but a suffering pregnancy! I'm very lucky with my pelvis and back, I've never suffered with them *touch wood* I hope you get some relief with your nights, I don't have any advise for your legs or back it's literally try anything and hope for the best! Have you thought about a bump/ back brace?? I know you can get these Velcro belts that wrap around you
aussiemumma86 - 3 days ago
Funtimemum- scan went ok they couldnt see part of the heart bubs was moving about but was not cooperating at all but being a bigger girl and bub not being in the right postion they wernt to concerned. The little turd had its legs crossed at the knees and ankles the whole time i was there for about 2 hours and then stopped and walked around and went back but no way was it going to show us what it was ... ha ha I'm so impatient so i was a little disappointed. But over all scan went well. I have had the last few nights the worst restless legs possible it's driving me nuts! Not to mention my lower back. I have always had a bit of a bad back but being the heaviest i have ever been and pregnant on top of that it has been killing me. I was awake the whole night last night and i mean all night cause my back just was aching all night.
funtimemum80 - 3 days ago
Aussiemumma- how did your scan go?????
funtimemum80 - 3 days ago
Hello week 18. Hello Baby Ali- how are you??
baby ali - 5 days ago
Aussiemum- congrats hun fingers crossed for Friday xxx hope everyone's good x
aussiemumma86 - 8 days ago
hello week 18. cant wait till friday having my big scan done and cant wait to find out what I'm having
Rissa1 - 16 days ago
I just found out recently that I'm having another girl! I was a little disappointed that it wasn't a boy (mostly because that's what I thought it was going to be), but I'm excited to have another sweet little girl :) I'm also excited that my daughter will get to have a sister...which is what she wanted! Can't wait to see what everyone else is having!
Taylorsbunno2 - 18 days ago
Yes so quick! But I'm struggling to get really excited this time round right now. I don't know if that's because at weekends we have 3 girls and I think some days oh my god how will I cope or its just the fact I'm anticipating to find out the sex before we can spend. I'm sure it's normal and it's just my hormones lol
AussieDanni - 18 days ago
Lol, I was very happy with 10am appointment! Are you finding this pregnancy is going really quickly?!
Taylorsbunno2 - 19 days ago
Nope 11 days and counting haha. Thankfully we both have morning appointments too
AussieDanni - 20 days ago
I still feel like I'm carrying a boy but a girl would be good, I have lots of girl stuff still! Not long till the 23rd now and we will both know!!
Taylorsbunno2 - 21 days ago
Wow check you out aaussie! Definitely a ggood weekfor you llol. Reading ahead of weeks it seems a lot of team blue. Maybe we got the girls?
AussieDanni - 21 days ago
I'm so glad I look pregnant, I haven't actually gained much weight, but I was looking wider :p much happier with my shape now! Feeling heaps of movements too, which is also amazing since last bub I didn't feel at all til 21 weeks! I'm liking this week :p
Taylorsbunno2 - 22 days ago
I'm only 5' so looks like I've gained weight so quickly to people who don't know I'm pregnant as I don't have that beautiful 'bump' shape yet. I've gained it straight on my hips and my bum. Bring on a proper bump I say!
AussieDanni - 22 days ago
I feel like my bump has literally popped out over night! I suddenly look obviously pregnant! Which is good, cause I was looking like I was letting myself go :p
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