Congratulations! This week marks the half way point of your pregnancy. It has been 18 weeks since the date of conception and your baby's crown-to-rump length is 5.6 to 6.4 inches. The fetus weighs about 9 ounces and your belly definitely has an obvious bulge. Your waistline has expanded and is no longer visible. Your uterus has now moved up enough that it is pushing your abdomen outwards. The top of your uterus is even with or just below your navel.
Sex organs are showing clearly on this girl
For the remainder of your pregnancy, the growing uterus puts pressure on your lungs, stomach and kidneys. This will make you feel short of breath, the need to urinate more frequently and can cause indigestion. The added pressure on your abdomen can also cause your bellybutton to protrude and cause an `outy` instead of an `inny`. Many pregnant women begin to notice stretch marks around this time as well. Your abdominal muscles are being stretched and pushed apart as your baby grows inside of you.
Your baby's skin begins to thicken this week and will develop four layers. Your baby's sebaceous glands secrete a waxy substance called vernix caseosa. Your baby will be born with this wax and it will look like paste. The vernix caseosa is crucial because it protects the fetus' fragile skin from the continuous immersion in amniotic fluid. Lanugo hairs secure the vernix caseosa in place and it is thick around the eyebrows. Scalp hair and toenails are beginning to form at this point. Hair can also be seen on the upper lip and eyebrows.
Around twenty weeks, most doctors will order a routine ultrasound to check the baby's development. Measurements will be taken and the sonogram technician will check to make sure there are no defects or abnormalities. Your ultrasound technician can also see how long your cervix is and can tell you approximately how much your baby weighs at this time. Most expectant women also find out the sex of their baby during this time! If your sonographer does not offer pictures, ask them for a copy of the photos.
flybear - 11.7 hours ago
Halfway and only 5 days till my ultrasound!
liltyke7 - 3 days ago
Yeah got to see my lil boy today. Love ultrasounds!! Right now he is measuring 2weeks ahead of schedule.
firstname.lastname@example.org - 8 days ago
20 weeks today! It's such a blessing to make it this far!! The baby's movements are starting to get stronger and he's definitely becoming more active. Looking forward to my follow up ultrasound next week so I can see my big man on the screen again.
stephysbaby - 29 days ago
Hello week 20!!..It's a BOY!!..me and my family are SoOo excited...I have 2 daughters and now I will have a son!!..my family is now complete <3 Blessed...
sleepymom - 38 days ago
cwatty- congratulations!! I am the same- girl, boy, and now another boy! glad to hear your feeling good. I am feeling pretty good, some SI joint issues but pretty minor at this point. I have gained about 12-13 lbs so far, how about everyone else??
cwatty22 - 41 days ago
So happy to be 20 weeks today!!! I am feeling great and full of energy for now! I have a girl, boy , and now one more boy :)
kelz84 - 50 days ago
I had my 20 week scan yesterday, found out im having baby boy number 3! he was very active and uncooperative lol he was in a very difficult position and they couldnt check his heart and mouth properly so I have to go back today to see if hes in a better position and they can see what they need to. hope all you ladies and your babies are all doing ok x
lauramcneir - 57 days ago
I'm having my third boy in three years!
deutschbaby1 - 62 days ago
We're in week 20 ladies! What gender is your May baby??? I was so sure I was having a girl, but I found out that I'm having another boy! Don't get me wrong though, I love my son dearly and I'm sure that this next son will just as easily steal my heart.
KristinaA - 74 days ago
I am about 10 miles away from 500 miles this year. Mamaford -- agree w/ Kristi - don't worry. I have a friend who gained like 70 lbs on her 4th pregnancy, and was already overweight to begin with. She was back out there running with us at 6 or 8 weeks post-partum, and has been running all year. She has experienced an amazing transformation that my running group has witnessed all year. We call her the shrinking woman :)
KristiW - 77 days ago
I am a 'runner' too. I run 3+ miles at least 3 times a week. But the last month or so I have been doing the elliptical for 30 minutes instead. My last 2 pregnancies I had sciatica really bad so I am trying to avoid that. Mamaford If you were a runner before baby don't worry you will go back to it and lose all your baby weight fast! Your body is already conditioned for it. I started running when my baby was 3 weeks old. My doctor said if I felt good enough to run to go for it. It was wonderful to get back to it.
mamaford77 - 77 days ago
Aww, I'm so jealous! I was a runner, although a slow one lol. Average mile was 11 min. I lost 80 lbs over the past two years, with running as my main exercise. I'm in a high risk pregnancy, so I was advised to not run until after delivery. I'm so scared of gaining all the weight back and of not being able to get running again after baby is born! How many miles are you going for?
KristinaA - 78 days ago
I feel like I started the pregnancy waddle today. I still ran 3 miles tonight, but man, it's getting harder! I have about 10 more miles to go to make my mileage goal for the year. I can do this! But I may quit running until after pregnancy in the new year.
mamaford77 - 78 days ago
2nd trimester is my favorite too! By third, I will be miserable lol, so I'm trying to enjoy it while it lasts.
KristiW - 78 days ago
I am having a girl too! This is baby 3 and girl 3! My poor hubby was hoping for a boy but it's not in our plan!! I am officially half way today. This is my favorite part of pregnancy. I am not uncomfortable (YET) but I can feel her moving around and everyone knows I am pregnant not just bloated!! LOL!
mamaford77 - 79 days ago
Mine are girl, boy, girl, boy, boy, boy.
KristinaA - 80 days ago
I've been MIA for a while. We found out we're having a girl :) Everyone is very happy. We'll have 2 boys, 2 girls, in that order. Kinda perfect!
mamaford77 - 81 days ago
I have had pre-eclampsia with my last three kids (I have five) and they don't mess around with that at my high risk clinic. Honestly, I doubt I'll even get that far, but if I do, they'll induce as soon as I am considered full term.
KristiW - 83 days ago
I'm 19 weeks 3 days but noone talks in my group. Mamaford...is everything ok? why are they inducing you at 37 weeks? I wish they would do that for me!! lol! My doctor will only do a week early!
mamaford77 - 83 days ago
We did it! Halfway there. I found out this week that they plan to induce me at 37 weeks too.
lexy-b - 98 days ago
roo27 they did more ultrasounds on my friends baby after he was born. Try not to worry, if the doctors aren't concered neither should you. They wouldn't down play anything serious. Plus it's nothing you can control either.
roo27 - 99 days ago
Thanks for the reassurance but what's confusing me is that I won't be having another u/s, so I'm unsure how they would know if it was going to be something to worry about :/
lexy-b - 101 days ago
roo27 - My best friend had the same thing. They have done a couple ultrasounds on Hunter to keep an eye on things since he's been born but so far it hasn't become an issue. I'm not 100% sure but something was under developed but is most likely supposed to take care of itself as he grows or he'll need a minor surgery. I wish I knew more details but my friends doctor wasn't concerned either but they like to watch it.
sher-baby - 102 days ago
Supermom-drink or eat something really sugary, that will usually get baby moving. GL! Babylove- my BH seem to have also slowed down a bit but sometimes i think baby does a somersault or something and my whole uterus feels tight. so i don't know if that's baby doing a serious position change or a BH. Roo - i don't know anything about that..hopefully your OB can give you some more info in it..GL girl!
babylove5 - 102 days ago
My lil guy must be going through another growth spurt since I only have one symptom and that is being tired. I feel like everything I take in is going to him. My Braxton hicks have gone away for now, so that's a good thing.
babylove5 - 102 days ago
Roo as long as the fluid doesn't increase and everything else looks normal then it shouldn't be a concern. Supermom I'm sure she moved and you probably didn't notice. Pay attention today and if you still don't feel her then you may want to go to the dr. just to be safe.
sher-baby - 103 days ago
I'm excited that we're having a boy...but I really would of preferred to be surprised and I think i could of not asked the tech the sex if DH didn't want to know...but he did, so we found out!
Sunshinebaby8 - 103 days ago
20 weeks today!!! Half way there!!! WOOT! Feeling good these days, less tired THANK GOD!! Getting some projects done around the house and that makes me happy!! My next appointment is Tuesday, I think they will order the sonogram then. I'm excited to see the little kiddo.. but we wont' find out the sex :) Hope everyone is doing well :)
sher-baby - 103 days ago
Wow! Lot of boys for April 2015!! My family is super excited. There are almost 3times more girls in my family than boys! My brother being the youngest with 2 older sisters, a single mother home and 2 nieces....needless to say, he is thrilled!!!
roo27 - 103 days ago
Found out we're having our second boy :) very pleased! During the u/s the technician found fluid in his kidneys though, seemed like they were playing it down as if it was nothing bit it's niggling at me and I'm wondering if any of you know if this is bad? Thanks!
babylove5 - 104 days ago
Rjean they don't do those here unless there is a issue. They called in the main dr. And below the baby's head I could see the rest of the uterus with water. The Dr. Said he was trying to determine if my cervix was shortening at the top. I told him I just have a long uterus from having 5 babies but he said he wanted to see me again in a month to make sure the cervix is the same length. I had my 3rd at 35 weeks so they are being paranoid.
babylove5 - 104 days ago
Sher and sharper congrats on your boy!!! Sher I hope you're ready for a rowdy lil boy.. Lol. They are so sweet though!
sher-baby - 104 days ago
So we're back!! Baby looks perfect!! 12oz...Eeek!! That's a lil scary. So DH decided that he wanted to find out the the gender....so the verdict is......it's a boy!!!! Whooo hooo!!!! His legs were spread sooo far apart, there's no denying it's a boy! And super super active!!! So all is good!
sharper53 - 104 days ago
sher-baby cant wait to hear your news....IF you find out. :-)
sher-baby - 104 days ago
Sharper- YAAY!! I hope ur boy baby dust rubs off on me!!
sharper53 - 104 days ago
Had our U/S yesterday, we are having another boy! We have one girl and one boy so this is boy #2!!!!
sher-baby - 104 days ago
Rjean-I'm not sure! I want to be surprised but DH wanted to know. He may have had a change of heart but I guess we'll find out in a few hrs. My u/s is for 3pm so I will update u all! Curious to see how big my baby is! I wonder if he/she is as big as I feel! Lol
RJean - 105 days ago
Baby love-where I live it is common practice to check cervix length via internal u/s for every 20 week anatomy scan. I think it's more of a precaution than anything else (it's a ripe time for incompetent cervixs to start dilating). So you probably didn't look odd in the least-they're just being careful. :) And Sherbaby...what are you having?! Or are you keeping everything a surprise?
babylove5 - 105 days ago
I got to see my baby boy! He weighs 15 ounces so he is quite fat. They scared me to death at the u/s because the baby was already head down and she asked me to get undressed from the waist down to check if my cervix was long and closed with the vaginal ultra sound. Thank goodness it was. I'm not sure why they thought my cervix looked odd. The baby is healthy! Sher I hope your baby gives you a good view! I was disappointed my friend wasn't there I didn't get a 3 d
sher-baby - 105 days ago
Hope everything goes well Babylove! I have my u/s tomorrow. I still don't want to find out the gender and DH is on the fence. He wants to know but might be ok with it being a surprise. Either way I'll let u ladies know tomorrow what the verdict is...boy, girl, or a surprise !
babylove5 - 106 days ago
Bean congrats on your boy it's my fourth son too! Machala I have bought some green and yellow outfits, since I Hv a lot of blue. Tomorrow is my official gender reveal!! I get to see my lil guy!
sher-baby - 106 days ago
Machala- I have been buying stuff!! Mainly furniture and stroller, etc. But I have bought some clothes and 'stuff' already!! I can't wait to use them. Bean-I know what u mean!!! I want my baby to be healthy first of course, but both DH and I really want a boy!! I've already prep'd myself mentally for a boy, so hopefully my gutt is right!!
bean79 - 106 days ago
I had my ultrasound right at 20 weeks on Monday. We are having our 4th baby boy! We were so shocked. I thought for sure it had to be a girl this time. I'm not gonna lie, we were disappointed...but I know from experience that we will get over it and I'm already getting excited. Most importantly, baby looks healthy and perfect.
RJean - 107 days ago
Floyd- on the name issue, I have about 15 names compiled but all of them seem 'not right'. Nothing has really stuck out to me yet and I have put waaaay more thought into it than I probably should've lol. I figure that I will keep my eyes open and pray for a lightening bolt from heaven to strike me with inspiration. I don't want to be stuck in the hospital with a nameless baby (again!). How is everyone feeling? I am finally feeling human again and my house is mostly clean if you ignore the piles of yet unfolded clean laundry.
sher-baby - 107 days ago
Sharpery u/s is on Friday. I personally don't want to find out the gender, but my DH does so I'm leaving the decision up to him! He's been thinking about just being surprised but I guess we'll see on Friday!! Btw from week 19! I'll be 20weeks this Saturday.
sharper53 - 108 days ago
Hello Week 20, I am getting super excited about my u/s this Thursday!! We are taking our 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son. They will not understand, but we will be able to share with them and they can see the baby moving around!! I have no idea...boy or girl, but instinct says girl??!!
floydianslip2 - 108 days ago
Congrats RJean! Have you started thinking of names yet? I’m still undecided, but am leaning towards Aiden Lee. That’s the top contender out of many at least. My 4 year old got to feel baby kick on Saturday, this little one is finally moving strong enough that he’s being felt from the outside. I had to laugh because I thought my kids would be so excited about it. I got a “cool” from my oldest, and my youngest just ran away. LOL!
BethQ - 110 days ago
RJean, congrats! There's something very reassuring about getting what you're familiar with. Just your lot to be a qeen among men.;)
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