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Thumb-sucking at 18 weeks....

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.



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ShireeT - 10.5 hours ago
I have boy boy boy girl, so hopefully another girl so we can do hand me downs with all these cute dresses. :)

britniA - 6 days ago
so I was wondering if any of you girls wanted to go in to a private face book group together, since our due dates are quite close and that way we can keep in touch even as our little ones grow. message me if you are interested ^.^

flybear - 12 days ago
June 24th is nice. That's two days after my birthday. My baby will be born either July 16th or 17th, unless he or she comes early which I don't expect. I'll have to have a scheduled c-section too. I bad to go back for a second ultrasound with my second child because they couldn't get all the measurements the first time too.

flybear - 12 days ago
18 weeks woohoo. Lol just 2.5 more weeks and I'll get to see this baby and hopefully find out if it's a boy or girl!

anything4nikki@gmail.com - 12 days ago
I know you're anxious to see the baby and to find out. Hopefully time flies by for you. I had a doc appt today....it's official, I will be having my baby June 24 at 37 weeks (scheduled c-section). I also got a referral for a follow up ultrasound because the tech wasn't able to get a clear image of the chambers of the heart. I'm going to wait a week and then schedule that appt.

flybear - 14 days ago
Awe, that's perfect. I'm hoping for the same but obviously in the opposite order. Fingers crossed!!!

anything4nikki@gmail.com - 14 days ago
The order of my kids are girl, boy, girl, and now a baby boy.

flybear - 14 days ago
So now how many of each do you have again? I already have boy, girl, boy.

flybear - 14 days ago
Awe, well congratulations on your boy!!! I'm dying to know. This is the most painful wait ever. Lol

anything4nikki@gmail.com - 14 days ago
I had my ultrasound yesterday. Baby is doing well and was bouncing around. I have to go back for a follow up ultrasound because the tech couldn't get a good view of the chambers of the heart. As for the gender, I wanted it to be a surprise and my partner planned on finding out and keeping it a secret. The tech turned the screen from me and found the gender within the first two minutes of the ultrasound and so my partner found out. All around it was a bad idea because during the rest of the ultrasound the tech kept referring to the baby as 'he' and 'his' without even realizing she was doing it. So with that being said, I'm having a boy....lol. I'm not mad the surprise was ruined, I actually think the whole situation is pretty funny. At least now I know it's better for both people to be in agreement of finding out the sex or have the tech tell the partner at the end of the ultrasound, not the beginning.

flybear - 15 days ago
Omg, idk how you can be so patient. I feel like waiting till 20 weeks is crazy hard. Lol i have friends who waited with all of theirs. It's cool and exciting, i just personally am too impatient. Haha

anything4nikki@gmail.com - 16 days ago
I've decided to be on team yellow this time around so I do not plan on finding out the gender. My partner is going to find out though. He's anxious to know so I did not want to be selfish and force him to wait. He promised to not tell anyone though.

liltyke7 - 17 days ago
My u/s is not unil March 2

flybear - 17 days ago
Can't wait to hear if you're having a girl or boy. I finally got my ultrasound scheduled. It'a not until the 10th.

anything4nikki@gmail.com - 21 days ago
18 weeks today...time is flying by! Ultrasound in 5 days...can't wait!!

liltyke7 - 21 days ago
woohooo Hello week 18!!!

loralb - 41 days ago
It's a GIRL! Great, now we'll have three moody divas and two poor boys dressed up in tutus and tiaras. So excited!

patiently waiting - 50 days ago
COngrats on your baby girl! I am hoping for a boy this time to even out my numbers...2 boys and 2 girls would be perfect. I keep trying to explain that i wouldnt be really disappointed if it is a girl because obviously i'd love her...but, i would be disappointed if it isn't a boy...because thats what i want.

Chicanita7 - 52 days ago
I just found out I'm having a Girl! Which was exactly what I was hoping for! Good luck to everyone, I hope everyone gets what they want too! ♡♡♡

Pinkbowstinytoes - 82 days ago
Congrats on all your genders... I'm holding out for the surprise.

cnjsmum - 88 days ago
hey kristi, i get quite a few flutters when im laying still on the couch at night, thats a bout it right now. can't wait till it gets stronger and i can feel it all day long!

KristiW - 89 days ago
I am feeling this baby move all the time now! Anybody else?

mamaford77 - 89 days ago
Aw, that's great! I really thought this one would be a girl, but I was totally wrong lol. MY youngest daughter is 11 and she actually started crying when we told her she's getting ANOTHER brother. Poor thing lol.

KristiW - 90 days ago
Congrats Mamaford!!!!! I just found out I am having a baby girl!!! This will make it my 3rd girl!!! We fell blessed:)

mamaford77 - 90 days ago
It's a BOY!!!! I am so excited! That makes 4 boys, 2 girls for me. :-) I have my ultrasound next week to confirm the blood test, but results are supposed to be 99.5% accurate, so I feel pretty confident that it's a boy. :-)

KristinaA - 93 days ago
Tomorrow is the big day. Excited for the ultrasound. I've been worried about the baby b/c I've been sick, but I'm finally starting to feel flutters, so that makes me feel better. I've only gained 3 lbs. And I came back from an all inclusive vacation where I figured I would have gained 5 lbs in one week.

mamaford77 - 95 days ago
Still don't know gender, but I'm hitting up a big sale today at my local consignment shop. Hoping to score some cloth diapers!

KristinaA - 95 days ago
Anyone else finding out gender this week? We will be (hopefully) on Monday!

lexy-b - 112 days ago
Congratulation Supermom!!! Go team pink!

babylove5 - 112 days ago
Supermom congrats on your little girl!!

sher-baby - 112 days ago
Mandy- me too! Just for me DH is never home when baby is going nuts!! Then I'm sure he/she tires them self out and sleeps for hrs! Lol so DH hasn't been able to feel it yet.

mandykat760 - 113 days ago
Sorry I've been MIA. I'm happy to report I can now feel kicks on the outside and my husband has been able to feel them.

sher-baby - 113 days ago
Sunshine-I know!!! Growing a human being is hard work, I must say! Lol

Sunshinebaby8 - 113 days ago
I am soooooooooooo tired today... ugh. I am tired of being tired...lol.

sher-baby - 114 days ago
So I don't feel a lot of kicks through out the days...maybe 3 times, if that. But does anyon feel a complete shift from the baby??? Omg...I feel this lil guy/gal move from one side to the next or from the top to the bottom and sometimes it almost takes my breath away, the feeling is sooo drastic!!! I hope that's normal but boy oh boy...for only weighing apprx 5oz. This baby knows how to throw his/her weight around!

babylove5 - 114 days ago
Congrats lexyb! It seemed like everybody was having boys, it will be fun to dress a little girl! I always loved doing the bows and dresses.

sher-baby - 115 days ago
Congrats lexy! The first girl I think in a few weeks!! There has been lots of boys.

lexy-b - 115 days ago
We are having a little GIRL!!!!

babylove5 - 116 days ago
Supama I forgot to send prayers for you and your healing, renewal, and strength during the grieving process. I pray that will come. I was sad that freak accident happened to you. I hope you conceive again quick if you wish.

lexy-b - 116 days ago
supama I'm sorry to hear about your baby, my heart goes out to you & your family.

spacystaci53@yahoo.com - 116 days ago
Supama, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you during this tough time. Praying for your comfort and peace.

spacystaci53@yahoo.com - 116 days ago
Thank you ladies, I have felts some more little kicks/punches today! I just have to be patient! :-) He/She had a strong heart beat of 154 at my last appt 2 weeks ago...I have my gender u/s on 11/20!

babylove5 - 117 days ago
Machala I had my hubby take some nude pregnant photos for me. If you look online at the pregnant photos a lot of them are that way. I was covered so you couldn't see anything inappropriate but it was beautiful because you get full effect. The ones at the photo studio were pretty with the women in night gowns looking out a window.

babylove5 - 117 days ago
Supama Im so sorry. I hope you are holding up ok and your hubby is back soon.

sher-baby - 117 days ago
Machala-I've been thinking about getting maternity photos done, I'm thinking maybe towards the end of feb?!?...I don't know because I've never don't them before bit I'm assuming we'd have a good size bump by then..

supama - 117 days ago
Lost baby this week.had to have an U/S today at my reg dr appt, and no heartbeat. Admitting me Sat to induce me. Said it looked like cord, and just happened in the last couple days. <3broken, but just wanted to share. My honey is out of town for work. This sucks.

babylove5 - 118 days ago
I think my lil guy has his days and nights mixed up. He starts kicking in the morning once I'm up and moving it seems to put him to sleep. At 9pm when I sit down he starts again. I better sleep while he is still small... Lol I know with my last baby he would start kicking as soon as I got in bed and he would keep me up. After he was born he still had his days and nights confused. I had to work hard to keep him up during the day.

sher-baby - 118 days ago
I agree spacy!! I just started feeling mine. I also feel mine when I have an empty stomach and lay flat on my back. I can very easily feel my uterus and I feel baby shifting from one spot to another....if he/she's awake.

babylove5 - 118 days ago
Hi staci! I don't feel mine often normally twice a day. I normally feel him in the morning when I'm lying in bed with a full bladder. I also feel him at night when I drink chocolate milk or hot tea. I wouldn't worry until yours gets bigger and their kicks are noticeable. If you felt them everyday and then you didn't it could be something to check out or maybe they sleep during the day and stay up at night.

spacystaci53@yahoo.com - 118 days ago
Hi Everyone! I am new here! Well, I was on here with my last two babies, but they are now 3 (almost 4) and 5 (almost 6). I am 18 1/2 weeks pregnant. I feel like I should be feeling baby move more than I am, but I am also bigger than I was with the first two so maybe he/she just has more room and I dont feel it as much yet. Should I be concerned? Are you ladies feeling your little bundle a lot?



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