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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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JDH - 11.6 hours ago
I feel hungry constantly! I told my hi by today that I feel small for 19 weeks, and he reminded me that I felt small through my daughters entire pregnancy. I completely forgot about that! Maybe another girl...? I'm secretly hoping! I think the months fly by as a parent/adult no matter what. It's a bummer really. Glad you're feeling good angel! Have fun with the new house!!

angelfree77 - 21 hours ago
No new symptoms here. I've been feeling pretty good. I hope your nausea goes away by Thanksgiving too...sooner! I'm very hungry now that the nausea is gone, so I'm making up for not eating the past couple of months. Last night, I put my husband's hand on my belly and he was able to feel some movement. He still wasn't too excited. I'm sure it's a very different experience for the men. You aren't kidding about the holidays making things go fast! They are having my baby shower before Thanksgiving, because of the holidays. Our goal is to be in a new house by Christmas. That's a little over 2 months from now!!!!

JDH - 2 days ago
I actually felt one with my hand the other night! It was great. I thought about telling hubby but he has the same reaction as yours angel. Oh well, the time will come for them too. My husband says it doesn't really become real until baby is born. I can understand that. Especially when you have children already. I hardly have time to focus on the pregnancy. This website is about the only thing that reminds me I'm pregnant : ) is anyone having any new symptoms? I STILL suffer from nausea here and there. It had better be completely gone by Thanksgiving!! I was thinking about how fast everything will go for us with the Holidays! Ahhh!

angelfree77 - 2 days ago
The baby movements are so nice and reassuring! Now, that the morning sickness is all gone, the movements let me know that everything is ok down there. And this Little One is a mover...morning, noon, and night! I don't feel like my husband shares in my enthusiasm. When I first start feeling movements, I'd tell him and his response was always a monotone 'Oh, really.', so I stopped telling him about the movements. It makes me kind of sad.

june2012 - 2 days ago
Yeah i know, i just found it funny after realizing that we were thinking alike...haha... About baby, am excited too about the baby movements, and i cant wait for the time they will get stronger and more frequent...

JDH - 3 days ago
Hahaha! June, I doubt anyone cares about the repeats! I'm just happy when ANYONE comments. I've tried some other boards and the ladies are mean, and annoying. I still have not 'announced' this pregnancy. That feels weird. We have the anatomy scan in two weeks!! We are still hoping to not find out the sex of the baby. I just hope that the placenta has gone up. Previa is not something I like to think about. I'm so happy to be able to feel baby a lot now. He/she is most active when I lay down for bed. I woke up around 4am this morning and they were still twisting and kicking. Such a cutie pie already : )

june2012 - 4 days ago
Damn! Preggo ladies starting to think and write the same, lol... I posted before reading y'alls comments only to start reading and realize i started my post using the same wordings as JDH... Haha...

june2012 - 4 days ago
18weeks today, almost halfway there... Heartburn every evening is the only stressful part of the pregnancy right now, sometimes it gets so severe i have to throw up just to feel better. Otherwise baby has been moving a lot lately- and especially when i lie down.

JDH - 5 days ago
18 weeks today! Almost half way there! Unbelievable. I've been seriously craving nuts and apples....hmm...I may be hungry now!

ladylinksbaby - 31 days ago
1 week from today ill hopefully find out what im having 😄😍

sparks717 - 90 days ago
Week 18 has arrived. I've been on vacation in the mountains this last week...the altitude definitely got to me while I was there, but it was still nice to get away. The 14 hour drive was horrendous!

pookalou - 94 days ago
Well I'm 18wk 2days, I have only felt the baby move once, that was last week. Seems strange as my other ones were constant movers. I'm already so uncomfortable with everything stretching and growing, I truly do not enjoy my pregnancies lol. Can't wait for the delivery time to be here and over with.

daffymtz22 - 106 days ago
19 weeks tomorrow! Anatomy scan is scheduled for Thursday. Super excited. We are going to find out what we are having but will not be letting anyone know until 4th of July. We are going to have a surprise gender reveal cake.

nycnaz23 - 107 days ago
Hello mommies, Im 18wks as of tomorrow. Is anyone feeling extreme movements? I am feeling it in all the different directions. Going for a full anatomy scan on Tuesday ... DH is going with me for the first time :) im excited. I am able to eat whatever now but i am drained ... totally drained. Hope everyone is well!!

madelynsmom *pink* - 107 days ago
gender scan tomorrow! super excited!

mommashavin11 - 108 days ago
so excited , scan in 6 days, but not sure if were finding our gender! i think ill have them put it in a sealed envelope. I have 6 girls, 4 boys, so all my kids hoping for a boy. my youngest boy is 5. i think boy 75% and girl 25 % ...just a hunch! im always wrong though!

SarahMVR - 120 days ago
Anyone else keeping baby a surprise? I keep having girl dreams. They're so vivid too.

monkeymomma - 131 days ago
Sad day saturday....I had to take off my wedding rings because of swelling. I feel so funny without them!

monkeymomma - 137 days ago
Hello 18wks!!! Another week closer to my gender scan!!!!

happythirdbaby - 145 days ago
Congrats Paula! I am also due Oct 14 but was 2 weeks early and 1 week early with my other two children. My scan isn't for another couple of weeks. Such exciting times....

paulasoon2b8 - 147 days ago
Well they changed my date to Oct. 14 but I'm staying here cause baby will be taken before both dates I'm sure....last lil one was induced at 38 and was 9.5 lbs. This lil one length wise matches up to 18 weeks but is up to about 9oz weight...pretty good! Tech wouldn't co.firm girl but showed me the pictures she got and I'm pretty sure it's a girl once results are in to doctor they are allowed to confirm boy or girl...Will start to see OB after this month....and I'm sure he 'll send me for another scan with his techs at the hospital. My prediction is between the 1st and 5th of October I will be having this little bundle

PaulaSoon2B8 - 148 days ago
My cold has left me deaf in one ear...quite literally I cant hear at all!! Its weird :( I am sure the cold is whats keeping me down and tired...I am sure it will get better soon. I cant complain the last 7 pregnancies were amazing to me...this one is just going out with a bang being that its our last :) its all worth it anyways right!!!

happythirdbaby - 149 days ago
Good luck and have fun at the scan today Paula. Hope you feel better and less tired for it too! Is everyone finding out what gender they're having. Gosh I am getting quite nervous about it. I have 2 girls and thought i didn't mind as the girls get along so well, but I guess I do, especially as this is my final pregnancy. I wish we could have a little more control over this lol x

TaraR - 149 days ago
Oh no, Paula! I hope you get to feeling better SOON!!! I'm actually feeling so much better today! :)

PaulaSoon2B8 - 149 days ago
Tara I know exactly how you are feeling!! I can't keep up with everything...ive been battling a horrible sinus cold as well....but I am just exhausted beyond words :( I hope it gets better for you!!!

TaraR - 150 days ago
Just wanted to stop in and say hi!! I'm battling the tiredness again this week. I feel like I need to go to be at 6pm but my 8 and 4 year old don't agree with that! LOL Can't believe we are almost 1/2 way done!! Hope everyone is feeling good!

PaulaSoon2B8 - 151 days ago
Arggg....I was caught up with morning sickness today...hope this isn't the beginning of a new trend in the pregnancy!! I know first and last trimester can be normal...but pregnancy is so different...this one has been trying and testing that for sure...she is making herself memorable!! Anatomy scan this Friday...anyone else have one coming up...this is so exciting....#8 and it's like the 1st all over :)

PaulaSoon2B8 - 152 days ago
Happy Mother's Day to All (belated) Here we are closer and closer to the half way mark!!! Lots of scans and appointments going on I'm sure. We have our anatomy scan this Friday, hoping to confirm that she really is a she so I can start addressing her by name in there :) Hows everyone feeling all in all? I still have constant headaches, fluctuating nausea, motion sickness...and I guess 7 kids, full-time work and pregnancy combined may do that to a girl..Hope you are all well...have great week!!

kekea - 153 days ago
Have a great mothers day guys !!! And 1morefor4 can't wait to know what you having...

1morefor4 - 155 days ago
I just have to get through this weekend and then I will be seeing my little one on Monday (the day I turn 19 weeks). Of course, I'll be doing a blog update after. But, I'm over the moon excited right now because last night for the first time this pregnancy DH felt the baby kick.

RowdyRandi - 155 days ago
I am getting so anxious about my 20 week scan. I wanna know gender so bad i hope baby cooperates. I also wanna know how growth is going my dd was small so wondering how big this one is so far

TaraR - 155 days ago
Happy 18 weeks everyone!! My sweet little mister is getting more active every day. I can't feel him from the outside though but he sure is fluttering around in there! :) I hope everyone is having a great day so far!

treadingwater - 155 days ago
Next week weds is my scan! I can't wait to see my little one and also find out if it's a girl or boy. Finally! The weeks are sweeping by fast. We are almost halfway done. I've been feeling my lil peanut jump and flutter all around my uterus lol. It's a good feeling.

1morefor4 - 157 days ago
kekea--my gut says girl but i'd be happy either way although dd is begging for a sister so i'm hoping for a girl for her.

PaulaSoon2B8 - 157 days ago
Austin...most of babies have had a placenta blocking their kicks I get where you are coming from, but believe me in will feel it!! wish I would have read your posts prior, I would have suggested that to you to put your mind at ease...with my one baby my placenta was extremely large( so much so they made jokes in the delivery room) and with him I didn't feel much of anything the entire pregnancy...but every scan showed him moving all over the place!!

kekea - 158 days ago
1morefor4 I am excited for you. Do you have a feeling what baby is? I know that the reveal party is going to be awwsome.

1morefor4 - 159 days ago
hey ladies. i'm in countdown to my anatomy scan. only 1 week left. I am so excited, anxious, and nervous. I have a gender reveal party planned for the beginning of June so I'll have to keep things a secret until then (hopefully dh and I can avoid spilling the beans to anyone). it's really hit me that i'm almost to the halfway mark. and of course i'm super excited that i'm feeling little movements everyday now since early last week. I just can't wait for dh and my kids to be able to feel it too.

kekea - 162 days ago
Lol... and I can't wait to feel outside movement

mamalira - 162 days ago
I can't wait to find out what we are having!! So jealous right now. Lol

kekea - 163 days ago
Mamalira I am feeling a lot of movement now. I had another scan today and tech was right at 14 weeks she is a confirmed girl!

mamalira - 163 days ago
It is incredibly quiet in here! How are you all feeling? My husband got to feel baby move early last week. That is the earliest he has been able to feel any of the babies. Anyone else feeling bumps on the outside yet?

austinjeanxo - 172 days ago
Well had my ultrasound they changed my due date to sept 22nd placenta is in the front so that's why I'm not feeling any kicks. Still team green.

beckym - 176 days ago
Hey austin, we are here for you, I know, our ranks are few, but there are some of us still on here, which is a good thing! Did they say anything about the placenta possibly be I got in the front it's time? That would make feeling kicks very difficult.

austinjeanxo - 177 days ago
It is a bummer how inactive it is... I don't really have anyone else to talk to who understands my fears n stuff..... This is my only place.... Still not feeling any kicks yet =*[ worrys me. Ultrasound on the 21st.... Still gonna be team green

beckym - 178 days ago
I miss it being active too, this is a fantastic website available for pregnant women, I always rave about it to pregnant women I know or meet and give the website name, it has become a tradition for most of my pregnancies, I started using it when I was pregnant with my second in 2007-2008 and it was booming!

jamie86 - 179 days ago
I'll be moving to 19 weeks tomorrow and you're right, not a lot of people here. I miss it being active like it was years ago.

holz8519 - 180 days ago
Hello ladies and week 18.

beckym - 180 days ago
Dang I hope the picture thing fixes soon, I just moved to 19 weeks today, but I will peek at both, not a lot of people in here these days, we gals have to stick together. ;)

jamie86 - 180 days ago
Becky I'm glad all is well! The pictures won't work for me either.

beckym - 182 days ago
I can't seem to get any photos uploaded, it keeps telling me oops, and I noticed a ton of my old photos are missing from my page. 😯

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