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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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beckym - 22.7 hours 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 4 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 - 5 days ago
Hello ladies and week 18.

beckym - 5 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 - 5 days ago
Becky I'm glad all is well! The pictures won't work for me either.

beckym - 7 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. 😯

beckym - 8 days ago
30 second scan went great, heartbeat is 146 bpm, baby is doing great, placenta is in a good spot, I am relieved that all us well. My folks went with because Johnny had to work. I called him and let him know all was well.

beckym - 8 days ago
We are going to get a quick fetal monitoring ultrasound today, not the full scan, but just to make sure baby is doing ok. Tomorrow is exactly one year since we lost our son Daniel, we are going to buy balloons to release and let him know we never will forget that we have an extra member of the family, and for the short time he was with us, he has impacted our lives for a lifetime, he will always be loved, and will be missed until we see each other again in heaven.

beckym - 9 days ago
Ok, I'm freaking out a little bit, I just found out that sabra humus had a massive recall due to a listeria outbreak, be careful ladies! Listeria can lead to miscarriages in pregnant women. I am freaking out because I had but 4 of those, I wanted to eat healthier and try humus. Luckily the dates don't match those that were recalled but I am not convinced, a few weeks or a month ago I was feeling like I had a stomach bug or food poisoning, and I saw that pregnant women's symptoms are more mild with listeria, I have been feeling the baby move on a daily basis, but have been nervous that I haven't felt the baby move last night or today. I am thinking of saying yes to the u/s and give them 10 seconds, just so I can see the baby and know they are ok, I'm going to call my doctor and see if there are tests they could do.

beckym - 9 days ago
Cool, it would be nice not to have any more surprises in that area down the road, lol.

jamie86 - 9 days ago
Thank you! I think the company that does it is dna ancestory or something like that. It's neat. A friend of mine did it and found out he is part Irish

beckym - 10 days ago
Jamie that is awesome they can tell what background someone is by dna, I never knew! I can't remember if I congratulated you on the little boy so I will say it now, congrats!!

jamie86 - 10 days ago
Just checking in with you all. I'm 18 weeks today and baby boy is still doing great. Feeling more and more movement from him every day. I have my anatomy scan on the 21st. Becky I have no clue what all we of my background is. I know irish and possibly Indian but not sure which tribe. As for my father I have no idea. He's never been around. My husband is English and who knows what else lol. One day I would love to have the dna thing done that tells you all your heritage.

beckym - 12 days ago
I just learned a few days ago of another background I had but didn't know about, now adding Norwegian to my Danish, Irish, Cherokee, Spanish, German, Italian and French heritage. For my kids that is added to his Welsh, Irish, German, Italian, and Polish heritage.

beckym - 12 days ago
Yay! Week 18! Almost to the 20's. I am really enjoying this pregnancy stage, I am not uncomfortable, more energized than the first trimester where I wanted to sleep all the time, but couldn't. Feeling the baby move every day now at least 3 times. - 23 days ago
18weeks Today .... Time is really flying by . How's everyone doing ? Have not started feeling kicks yet, only flutters .. Can't wait to have an u/s to find out the sex . Am so excited

beckym - 27 days ago
Also he was happy sleeping in an infant carseat in the stroller. So the next baby we bought a cosleeper, and she was happy being next to us in bed like that, and that worked well for us. The first always feels very scary the second always feels very guilty, as you know you will be splitting your time instead of devoting yourself to one, but they adapt amazingly, with the parents guiding, the it is easier with more because they have playmates so mommy and daddy's attention is not missed as much when we are busy with baby.

beckym - 27 days ago
Erica, you are going to do great! My hubby works 2 jobs also, and I barely see him, we have 3, my first had cried soooo much, but the next two were very easy going, my first did well as long as he was held, but the moment I put him down if he was sleeping he would wake up and cry for hours, we eventually did a family bed and scrapped the crib and bassinet plan, then he started being peaceful

Ryskay - 27 days ago
I feel alot of moving now and some kicks here and there.

mrscephas - 27 days ago
From week 17. Is anyone feeling the baby move properly? Any time I think I've felt a movement it's been followed by a growling bowel sound so I'm a bit confused. I'm desperate to feel this baby kick and summersault. I've felt flutters at 13 weeks but no kicks yet!

Ryskay - 29 days ago
had my doctors appintment this morning baby is doing very good moving around alot now, have my u/s appointment on April 7 I'm so excited and can't wait to find out the sex of the baby :D

xEricaLynn - 31 days ago
I've been feeling a lot of movement today. Had an awful panic attack this morning which left me rushing to the bathroom. I'm becoming increasingly scared of raising a baby. My hubby works two jobs so I barely see him. Don't know how I will be able to do this on my own. Anxiety sucks.

xEricaLynn - 32 days ago
Hi ladies! 18w2d today. Heard baby's heartbeat yesterday, very strong at 170bpm. I thought this seemed very fast, but our OB didn't seem concerned. He just said that baby is probably excited. I was also stressed and very anxious before the appointment too. I need to take better care of myself and rest as much as I can, so I don't get too stressed. Not good for baby! Hoping to find out the gender on March 30. How are the rest of you doing?

ShireeT - 46 days ago
I have boy boy boy girl, so hopefully another girl so we can do hand me downs with all these cute dresses. :)

britniA - 51 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 - 58 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 - 58 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! - 58 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'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 - 59 days ago
Awe, that's perfect. I'm hoping for the same but obviously in the opposite order. Fingers crossed!!! - 59 days ago
The order of my kids are girl, boy, girl, and now a baby boy.

flybear - 59 days ago
So now how many of each do you have again? I already have boy, girl, boy.

flybear - 59 days ago
Awe, well congratulations on your boy!!! I'm dying to know. This is the most painful wait ever. Lol - 60 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 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 - 60 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 - 61 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 - 62 days ago
My u/s is not unil March 2

flybear - 62 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. - 66 days ago
18 weeks today...time is flying by! Ultrasound in 5 days...can't wait!!

liltyke7 - 66 days ago
woohooo Hello week 18!!!

loralb - 87 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 - 96 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 - 97 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 - 127 days ago
Congrats on all your genders... I'm holding out for the surprise.

cnjsmum - 133 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 - 134 days ago
I am feeling this baby move all the time now! Anybody else?

mamaford77 - 135 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 - 136 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 - 136 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. :-)

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