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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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dollbunny - 6.5 hours ago
18 weeks tomorrow!Yay for 5 months. Find out the sex on Tuesday..So excited. We are just wanting a healthy baby.

lisamomof7tobe - 7.7 hours ago
We are having a baby girl! we have 5 boys and 1 girl. So totally excited to add another girl in the picture. :)

oopixiesticks - 6 days ago
Isaacs a nice name jakes cute too lol maybe middle name my husband wants to name the baby after him his names Luis I just feel it's too common and would prefer he have his own name but I'm sure I won't win this one since I picked our daughters names and yes il move up to week 20 now see ya there!

baby ali - 6 days ago
come to week 20 it's very active :0)

baby ali - 6 days ago
thankyou :0) my daughter watches a baby programme and the baby in the programme is called baby jake (cartoon) and she loves watching it so she always says she wants baby jake. I dnt no what I wanna call him me n hubby picked Isaac Ali but not sure now lol have u thought of any names??? and why do we comment on week 18 am week 20 and ur 19 LOL

oopixiesticks - 6 days ago
Nows your chance to get him to agree to 5 while hes in a good mood. Is jake going to be his name? Im so happy for you and your family. I wonder do boys look more like their mothers or fathers since i know they say girls often have more of their fathers features

Baby ali - 6 days ago
oopixiesticks- yeah both my kids came in the room and sat down by their dad and was being goood lol they were so excited to see the baby 'baby jake' lol, coz am pregnant In uk and not working I dnt pay for the scans but the hD live scans I have to pay because it's for my own benifits lol it's £160 which is like maybe $320 anyways yeah my hubby is in shock and stil can't believe he's having a BOY lolz he hasn't sed anything to me about my plans for 5 children we will see how it goes :0) bless him he's too excited to even say NO more kids lolz

oopixiesticks - 6 days ago
is your husband telling you no more now since its your boy lol i went shopping right after my scan for boy clothes was so exciting to be in the other side of the clothes department. Did you have the live scan with your daughters? Its not too expensive here about $70 i paid only $40 for the gender ultrasound and they let me see live video but baby still looked like an alien lol

Baby ali - 6 days ago
oopixiesticks- thankyou, yeah can't wait to do shopping for a boy lol so differnt and exciting, am gonna get a private HD Live scan done wen am 7 months pregnant so I can see him properly lol abit expensive but worth it. hope everything goes well for your scan, I just can't believe I will be having a BOY lol thought id have to keep trying lolz

oopixiesticks - 6 days ago
I knew it!! Congrats!! Now to shop for blue and i will for sure pray that everything will be okay for your son if they told you not to worry then hopefully its nothing but will be praying let us know what they say. I have to wait until the 21st for my anatomy scan

Baby ali - 6 days ago
oopixiesticks- well guess wat?????? lol my daughter is right we are having a BOY lol we are all sooo happy even hubby jumping over the moon lol besides everything baby is okay but he has abit extra fluid in the head which they sed we shouldn't worry about but on Monday the specialist will look through the scan pictures and call us up to tell us if it's okay or if they will keep an eye on him, please keep my baby in ur prayers as we are worried :0( the weekends going to drag for us as we dnt no wat they will say on Monday

oopixiesticks - 6 days ago
Yes ali whats the verdict! Lol were all anxious here well us few that are even on here

NixSA - 6 days ago
Ali whats the baby????

oopixiesticks - 7 days ago
Monika-sorry for your loss. Girls are definetly a joy.. i also want to put the kids in an activity i been looking for a ballet class but they are costly and have to wait for new session to start most that i looked at were already full. I live in chicago so parking is also an issue always have to pay for parkng after hours of circling around to even find a spot it just makes it not fun to even go.

oopixiesticks - 7 days ago
I wish my kids had my personality lol well not 100% but i was such a calm quiet typical little girl but mine got all after their father his mom said he was terrible and describes him he same way my daughters act. What kind of restaraunt do you own? I knew the nerves would kick in for your gender scan! I wanted another girl too but i had the pressure that my husband wanted a boy so it was just a relief.

Baby ali - 7 days ago
oh dear I think I feel nervous about find out the gender 2mre LOLOLOL

Baby ali - 7 days ago
me and my girls are same and my husband keeps saying kids r like u personality and look wise lol so another girl will end up like me I guess lol Minnie me's every where lolzz

Baby ali - 7 days ago
lol I know but I dnt mind 5 girls is okay really, my hubby's brothers wife is one of 6 girls lolz she's nice tho we get along. financially we r okay to have 5 we got our own restaurants etc it's the looking after LOLOLOL on my OWN that's a problem at the moment but hopefuly 3 year old will start school wen next baby is here so it will get easier hipefullyyyy :0)

monika01 - 7 days ago
i am now pg with my 3rd girl. though any one is in heaven . i am really not wanting more then 2 ( though i used to say 4) .. but i don't want to do public school and keep them involved in music gymnastic sports etc.. and thats $$$… my husband says oh may be in 3 or 4 yrs u will want another. ..maybe though financially.no… no no… there will be no more vac a over seas every yr or two bc i will have to pay all the extra $ for fix for kids etc...

oopixiesticks - 7 days ago
Imagine 5 girls lol. Someone I went to school with had 3 girls tried for a boy the 4th and it was a girl..im sure shes going to keep trying.

Baby ali - 7 days ago
oopixiesticks- I live in uk born n bred here, I personally want 5 children but my hubby wants to stop this one only wants 3, but kind of pursuaded him to agree to another one if it's another girl but he keeps saying wat if it's another girl lol

oopixiesticks - 7 days ago
Thats nice! you have the opportunity to get a big house for your family. My husband has been trying hard at work he works commission so its been slow the past couple months and we cant qualify for a mortgage until hes been at this job for 2 years and thats this august! So we probably cant move until after the baby and then the whole switching preschool situation will occur. Do you live in the states? How many kids are you and your husband planning? Mine wants to stop at 3 thats why i was feeling so anxious thinking this could be the last one and may never know what it like to have a son. Although i want 4 but not going to try to ask until 4 years from now so these ones have time to grow

Baby ali - 7 days ago
oopixiesticks- lol I dnt no how I feel about 2mrw hubby's more excited to find out than me, just feel so neutral about it maybe coz am not fussed on the gender any more I was b4 was dying for a boy but now am happy with which ever, am more stressing about geting my big house b4 baby comes along went to see 2 houses today so disappointed not what we expected so not gonna put an offer down for any of them. I hope baby is okay and healthy and growen to what it is ment to be for the week. my 3 year old is so excited to see her baby boy that looks like daddy without hair! lol

oopixiesticks - 8 days ago
My husband and i just planned two nights ago that we will have his little sister watch our kids for one to two hours every other friday so we can go out alone together and get away from life stresses for a bit. Maybe you can plan a day of the week for just family time

oopixiesticks - 8 days ago
Nixsa- theres a saying that goes dont spend too much time making a living that you forget to make a life..you should explain that to him what is the purpose of having you and your children if he is not going to spend any time with you. Does he really like working tha much or is it temporary? If its going to be permanent work hours you need to crack down on him now or moveback to your hometown. You can always tell him here are more men in this world that would give you their time,,lol

oopixiesticks - 8 days ago
Im anxious to know what youre having too! Hopefully u can sleep tnite. I was so anxious for mine i tossed and turned the whole night thinking of how life was going to be different. Everytime I eat bananas i get shaky..strange not sure why.

Baby ali - 8 days ago
nixsa- hope he sees sence, I no how you feel I moved to my husbands home town after I got married 5 years ago and wen I came to live here I didn't no anyone or anything now I have friends and hubby's brothers wife who I am close to so it makes it easier for me, I have just about got used to the area. i dnt no why he works that much he must love his job lolz my hubby takes two days off so he can spend time with us and take us out and that, we got our own restaurant so it's okay as he's got staff to run it, he goes work 5pm restaurant opens 6pm then restuarant closes at 10 so he's home by 11-12 and then we spend time talking and stuff, only works 5 days which is okay. ur husband needs to understand ur feelings and ur situation it's sooo difficult wen they bee an ass. can you not go out and make friends??? get to know the neighbours it helps at fist I only knew my neighbours and it helped.

NixSA - 8 days ago
Ali good luck!!! So exciting finding out. Hubby and i fought until well into the early hours of the morning. i am just so tired of him not caring. he often ships us off to my folks for like a week or 2 but so he can work. he is a sales manager at an insurance company but honestly he puts in more hours than he needs to. i sent him a message now telling him how i feel and how he needs to change he read it but hasnt replied. i just wish he could see how much i am hurting. he verbally abuses me too though telling me i am crazy and im not normal just because i ask him to be around more. i am really getting so upset and honestly feel like i dont know which way to turn. i feel like i am going mad. i am getting into a deep depression and it worries me. a year ago i was living in my home town and i was sooo happy!!! i had all my family and friends but he lived 2 hours away where he worked n i only saw him on weekends. he made all these promises that if i come live here he would be home at 4:30 and spend quality time with us and it will save us money etc etc but it has been nothing but a hell ride and he only gets home at 6 then works from home til midnight. i dont know how to make him see how it is affecting us.

Baby ali - 8 days ago
my nausea has gone after 12 weeks and I eat every 30 minutes, always feeling hungry, got no cravings tho, wen I eat banana I get really bad heartburn other than that everything's good :0) got my scan 2mrw feeling nervous in finding out the gender

oopixiesticks - 8 days ago
Lol go mental i definetly shouted a few times that im going insane! Your daughters sound like such angels lets trade! Hope this phase goes away sometime this year ..maybe the boy will change her perspective il just have to wait n try to be more patient. She protects her sister only in front of others where only she is allowed to mess with her sister but nobody else,her cousin is 2 and she hits my little one and my big girl yells at her to leave her baby sister alone. Im craving a mcdonalds big mac right now ! Although im still nauseous i think ican stomach it. Fruits have been hard to keep down not sure why i ate a kiwi two days ago and threw it up all the seeds came out my nose! Lol i was so disgusted

baby ali - 8 days ago
oopixiesticks- am lucky In the sence I can escape from all this and I have a holiday to look forward to after a month or so, if I didn't have that I would go mental. my kids r okay now they play together elder one understands sooo much now and always says to me if am tired she will be quiet n play with her sister nicely lol they behave now thank god for that, elder one likes to mother the little one and wen little ones naughty she tells her off and little one listens lolol I always tell the elder one to be nice to her sister and that they r best friends and she has a differnt loving side to her. Maybe once ur son is born ur daughter will see how different sister n brother r and she will change n be loving towards them. it's a faze kids go through some snap out of it quick and some take abit time but dnt worry she will learn to love her siblings.

oopixiesticks - 8 days ago
That sounds great! I wish i had that time to relax n be spoiled! I bet it makes your hubby appreciate u all more. My parents always help me too they live close but..my sister took over my mom full time for her fulltime free babysitter.. she used to babysit for me so i could graduate college then she said if i wanted to work its on me to do somethhing wiyh the kids but yeah my sister snuck her daughter in while my mom watched mine nd now she has them while she works! Our daughters dont get along they fight constntly so my mom cant help me anymore it just becomes a headache. I was really hoping to get a job but now i know thats out of the question i rent an apt now and the rooms are the size of closets i want to buy a house but its hard on one income and i have no friends who can babysit or even tje money to pay a babysitter i would never trust anyone with my kids anyways besides my mom. My kids are so tough to take care of i know a babysitter would hurt them if they had to watch them

baby ali - 8 days ago
it's horrible feeling being on ur own with kids, makes it worse as we r pregnant too. hope everything works out for you am going to my parents house for two weeks I need a break from this crappy loneliness and looking after kids 24/7 mum lives 2 hrs away and am dying to see my parents and brothers who do everything for me lol spoil me rotten lol and look after the kids nothing better than ur own parents and siblings love :0) I usually go every 1-2 months for few weeks and it's heavenly :0) we r close as family and am the only daughter so I get spoiled by everyone lol wen am there but mostly love the resting and chilling two weeks of my life there. But then wen me and kids are away my hubby starts missing us like crazy lol

oopixiesticks - 8 days ago
Tell me about it! My husband told me he wanted to have another baby while in the act! Lol im like no!!! Well too late. Hope you feel better Nixsa. Wish we could all get together in person when were feeling lonely and let the kids have a play date! Seems we all have a 3yr old tho mines 4 in few weeks. Im home all day im always lonely. What does your husband work that hes there all day? Mine used to work at fast food back whrn i was pregnant with my first and he would be there since he woke up until 10 just to come home and smoke the rest of the night it was horrible we were living at his parents at the time amd his mom would always send him to run her errands thr times he would be home.

NixSA - 8 days ago
hi ladies. i was really miserable yesterday. just so tired and weak with a bad headache. slept this morning. when it was time to pick up DS from school i decided maybe i needed to just get out so took him for lunch n to pick up a pack of nappies (we are buying one a month) anyway i felt like i was going to fall over... i decided to head straight to the one and only gynae in my town but she was in theatre. eventually landed up at my gp in tears. when i was seen i was already feeling better but my blood pressure was 90/60. she suspects it was lower before i came in. no wonder i felt sooo bad. anyway hubby and i had a really bad fight tonight. we seldom do but it was in front of DS who is only 3 and was very scared shame i felt so bad i let him fall asleep in my bed so i could hold him. hubby is just so into his work that i feel he has no time for us. i told him how i feel but he is still working and its almost midnight. he hasnt spent any time with me. i feel like crying especially because i live in a town where i dont know anyone and just feel alone all the time.

baby ali - 8 days ago
lol I dnt understand mens at all they dnt complain during trying for a baby but complain after! lol

mommy97101114 - 8 days ago
18 weeks today and only five more days until ultrasound....super excited to see how much little one has grown!! Even though they have told me the gender based on the Maternet 21 Plus bloodwork but to actually get to see the gender on screen is exciting still. Glad to see that they finally have everyone's due dates fixed!!! Hope everyone is well!! Almost halfway!! Yay!!

oopixiesticks - 8 days ago
My belly is so big already! I looked at a photo from my last pregnancy and i looked this big at 26 weeks. My daugters teacher just said i look cute witj my belly im 5'3 and 115lbs shr probably thinks im about 8months preggo lol too bad im only going to end up enormous im guessing this baby will be 9lbs my first was 8 and second 8.5lbs

oopixiesticks - 8 days ago
Lol my husband is one year younger than me too he was just telling his mom hes only 23 is this what he has to do for the rest of his life...ohgod drama queen. And he even tells me he would rather be at work because its easier than taking care of the kids and so when he comes home complaining that hes tired i go well my job is harder remember. Men! Lol

Baby ali - 8 days ago
oopixiesticks- my hubby's the same only sees the kids in the mornings about 20-30 minutes and in that time he shouts and yells and becomes like a kid himself he can't handle being with the kids 2 minutes he goes crazy so I say to him I do I cope all day every day! I honestly feel like I have 3 children right now and 4 after next one born! my husband is the other one! he's a year younger than me so I let him get away with it and some times think maybe it's his age LOLOLOL he's just turned 29 so I just think maybe he's still not mentally growen up LOLOL oh god help!

oopixiesticks - 9 days ago
My 3yr old wanted another girl but im assumng its so she could fight with her too like her little sister. Her name for her brother is Boy lol. These girls have been throwing tantrums too often now im by myself all day with them and when my husband comes home from work he complains about the girls my little one just wants him to carry her but he just yells at her that she is annoying. Its driving me crazy cuz then he shouts that he needs his time to smoke which is literally all day that hes even home. The baby goes to bed about an hour after he comes home so he doesnt even see her for long then he calls his mom complaining about how he cant handle the kids all day! He doesnt even see thrm alll day

Baby ali - 9 days ago
nixsa- that's nice a boy and a girl best of both world :0)

Baby ali - 9 days ago
Monika- kids r funny my 3 year old got a sis who is 1 n half years old so she dsnt want another one like her lol wants a boy differnt one to her sister, dear me!

NixSA - 10 days ago
My son told us it was a girl from the beginning. he wants her name to be sister.... um original haha

monika01 - 10 days ago
baby ali ~ mine water a sis.. but we were worried it mayu not be so we told her we don't know yet may be a boy… she said it will be thomas for a name .. now we know its a girl we told her and she says her name is to be thomas..lol… and asks if when i have her sister when is her brother coming..lol./.. 2.5 yr olds..lol

oopixiesticks - 10 days ago
Oh yeah my profile says i have 6 kids! Not sure how that happened i could never keep up with 6!

oopixiesticks - 10 days ago
Lol at least you get to shop regardless ive been having fun shopping for blue. I have all my daughters clothes saved. I find it hard to get rid of i kept it incase and they had two blue warm pajamas and i gave those to goodwill! Now i wish ikept them. Your ultrasound is in a few days no? Maybe your 3yr old is right

Baby ali - 10 days ago
I gave all my daughters small baby clothes to charity hoping for a boy 3rd time round hubby keeps tell on me to save the clothes incase of another girl but I gave everything away LOLOLOL oh well need to buy everything again boy or girl :0)

Baby ali - 10 days ago
my 3 year old keeps telling me there's a baby boy in my belly lol she dsnt change her mind about it of I tell her she's having a sister she gets upset about it lol oh dear

oopixiesticks - 10 days ago
I feel the same about the movement but maybe in a few weeks wel feel alot more. Im still thinking of a name my husband wants him named after him so im pretty sure thats what itl be but i really want him to have his own name it feels weird to me to be calling them by the same name and his name is so common i wanted something a little more unique my daughters are Lyla (leela)and Mya hubbys name is Luis. And dont worry about the mixed feelings on having a girl im sure itl change when shes born girls are so much fun youl have the experience of both with a son and daughter



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