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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.

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Taylorsbunno2 - 2 days ago
Wow they are decent sizes lol. My first was 7lb5ozs and 2nd was 8lb2ozs. I wonder if this one will be bigger. Ouch!

AussieDanni - 3 days ago
My first was 10lbs 10oz, second 7lb 3oz and third 8lb 13oz! So all decent sized babies! What about you? This pregnancy is going quick!

Taylorsbunno2 - 3 days ago
Ahh at least this time it will be planned and hopefully chilled. We're they all good weights at birth? We're 21 weeks tomorrow!

AussieDanni - 4 days ago
My first was my only natural delivery. From start to end that was 23hrs, she got a little stuck, but was far more enjoyable than a csection! My second baby wa emergency csection and third was planned csection, I never went into labour and they wouldn't induce me due to prior csection. This one will have a csection too, unless I go into labour naturally before hand. I am pretty happy with our system, I'm a public patient so I don't pay for anything. I'm also high risk due to what happened with my son. I can't fault my hospital.

Taylorsbunno2 - 5 days ago
Aussie- I think that's really good they keep an eye out for u and your sugars. We only get tested here if we show it in our urine. They don't test for GBS here unless u pay for the test or for example u think your in preterm labour and they swab you. That's what happened with my 1st daughter and I am positive for GBS so straight away now I'm (high risk) and will have a IV put in for antibiotics as soon as labour starts. How long and how we're your births? Are u nervous this time around? I really am but don't understand why

AussieDanni - 5 days ago
Blankets are a safe buy really! I hate the diabetes test. I had diabetes in my second pregnancy so this pregnancy and last I have to do it multiple times :( I did one at 14 weeks and was completely clear. My blood sugar was actually amazingly good after the sugar drink. I still have to do the stupid test again. I did it three times last time :( this page use to be super busy, I'm happy that we at least have a couple of us posting regularly!

Taylorsbunno2 - 7 days ago
Rissa- i think we just got a sslow week there's only us 3! so if there was more in our group I think it would even out, u done much pink pretty shopping :)

Taylorsbunno2 - 7 days ago
Aussie!- nope no more scans unless we go private. We have already paid for a private scan at 8 weeks. So may pay for a 4d one about 30 weeks :) aAhh we can never have enough bblankets. I have had 2 made so far. A white and a grey one. So exciting

Rissa1 - 7 days ago
Congrats everyone! I guess I'm the only one with a girl? I got to see her again today. Not looking forward to the glucose test in a month...especially since I was borderline gestational diabetic last pregnancy.

AussieDanni - 7 days ago
Do you get to have anymore scans? I had my Drs clinic today, heard heartbeat got measured and she booked three more scans for me! I get my next one at 26 weeks! Hopefully he will keep doing what he is meant to! I managed to find some cute boy blankets today, so I got them!

Taylorsbunno2 - 7 days ago
Ahh that sounds so cute and such a lovely way to announce it! Girls section has such more of a variety in! But like u I felt like I just needed to buy something blue to make it feel real!

AussieDanni - 7 days ago
My five year old was with me! She did trick her dad at first and goes it is another girl! I posted a 4d pic from my scan and a keep calm it's a boy pic on my Facebook. My five year old wouldn't keep it secret long so I spilled the beans! The first store I went in had two onesies for boys, and one tiny corner for boy stuff, then three walls for girls. I might have to shop online :p

Taylorsbunno2 - 7 days ago
Aussie- I thought I would struggle as I love girl clothes. So Iinstead I went straight to the boy section and picked some cute bits. Nope not yet.. tThey really want aa sister. We're doing a reveal party Friday. How about u, have u aannounced it yet :)

AussieDanni - 7 days ago
I'm the same, this will be the last! Did you find it hard buying boys clothes? Like, there just isn't as much choice? Freddy King! That's so sweet! Have you told your girls they are getting a little brother?

Taylorsbunno2 - 8 days ago
Ahhh I love Edward so cute! Well my OH us Frederick, so is his dad and grandad. They are also the only men in the family. So we discussed that this baby would also follow.. However Frederick isn't happening lol its Freddy. Just got to find a middle name and his surname is easy it's King. So we're nearly there.. I had the urge to go Him some clothes so last night I rushes out and brought his first few items and wow I nearly cried with happiness. This definitely is my last pregnancy which is so hard to accept but between us this us number 4 and that's plenty lol.

AussieDanni - 8 days ago
Taylor I really love Henry, but my eldest sings Henry the octopus every time I mention it :p but I also like Edward, or William. I have a thing for more traditional names! What about you? It is so exciting!

Taylorsbunno2 - 8 days ago
Aussie- i cant believe it excited is an understatement. Have u got any names?

AussieDanni - 8 days ago
Yay Taylor! That's awesome news! Lots of little boys by the looks!!

Taylorsbunno2 - 8 days ago
Thank u trying! Me and OH still in shock lol. So excited

tryingfor4 - 8 days ago
Congrats on your boy Taylor!

Taylorsbunno2 - 8 days ago
OMG it's a BOY! No mistaking it either the sonographer said. Wow so after 2 girls I'm getting a son!

AussieDanni - 9 days ago
Good luck Taylor! Can't wait to see your news!

Taylorsbunno2 - 9 days ago
Omg aussie congratulations! I've just woke up it'd 6am here. 4 hours to go! I'm nervous but excited. I have 2 daughters and think this one is a girl. My 2 have a bond for life and it's beautiful! I love frills and bows so Rissa if I do have a girl were talk girl talk your not alone x

Rissa1 - 9 days ago
Taylorsbunno2- Heart beat was always in 160s. Everyone seems to be having a boy...You probably are too! Can't wait to hear which team you're on. Am I alone in Team Pink? :( I did a reveal party and when I cut into the cake, I stared at it for a while, looking for the blue because I was convinced I was having a boy. I'm very happy to be having another girl though. Every girl needs a sister! ;)

tryingfor4 - 9 days ago
Congrats on joining team blue Aussie!

AussieDanni - 9 days ago
It's a boy! So excited, he is spot on for growth, he is healthy! Such a great morning!

Taylorsbunno2 - 9 days ago
Omg aussie I'm thinking of you! Not long to go at all! Please write on here ASAPII'm so excited to hear how yours went :)

tryingfor4 - 9 days ago
Good luck wt your scans ladies! My guys heart rate was about 150 during my scan taylor.

AussieDanni - 9 days ago
I'm down to 14 and a half hours til my scan! I'm really nervous :p hopefully Bub is healthy and doing well, and also cooperative! Hope your cold clears up quick!

Taylorsbunno2 - 10 days ago
20 weeks today. 27 hours till we find out if we're team pink or blue. Having a stinking cold but apart from that I feel good :)

angelfree77 - 12 days ago
Welcome to Team Blue!!!

Tryingfor4 - 12 days ago
Been a busy few days. Had a sick 3 year old and had our big scan scheduled on Tuesday. Found out baby is a Boy! This will make 1 girl and 3 boys for me. Had hoped to even out the numbers but that wasn't to be. Now I need to start organizing the kids bedrooms as I will have 3 boys sharing a bedroom for a bit. Baby should stay in our room for the first few months anyway. Organization here I come. Hope everyone else is doing well :)

angelfree77 - 33 days ago
Hi Gigix! Nice to see you joining us! Yes, the reflux is awful! It wakes me up at night running to the restroom thinking I might be getting sick. And it doesn't seem to matter what I eat or when I eat. The Tums are by the bed. I'm not too tired during the day, but around 8pm, I can hardly keep my eyes open.

june2012 - 34 days ago
Thanks avg. i am so happy. and good to know that your appointment went well too...

Gigix - 34 days ago
Hi! I've still got a week before I find out whether I am joining team blue or team pink..... It doesn't matter to me either way. My four year old daughter is keen for us to join team blue though! How is everyone? I'm already struggling to work and I'm not even half way yet (so tired all the time, with horrible reflux too).

kentsmommy - 34 days ago
Good morning ladies. I'm officially 1/2 way today:) I know I'm pulling up the rear as most of you are a few weeks ahead of me! March really does seem to be a 'blue' month. I know three other mommies that aren't on this site all having boys in March. Too funny!

angelfree77 - 34 days ago
Glad your're appointment went well and all is going ok, avg2012!

avg2012 - 35 days ago
hey all in week 20. my TIFFA scan and recent appointment went well. baby measuring three days ahead and my uterus 4 weeks:)..could be due to fibroids I've. rest all is going ok. congratulations June for team blue. YAY!!! we wont be finding out gender so will be a surprise for us:).

june2012 - 35 days ago
Thanks kentsmommy and congratulations to you too!

angelfree77 - 36 days ago
That makes 3 for team blue :)

kentsmommy - 36 days ago
Congrats June on the Boy!! We are team blue:) We are planning to name ours Kade Logan but we aren't completely sure yet.

goingcrazywithfourth - 37 days ago
Week 20!! Half way there! How is everyone? I have been MIA for a couple weeks.

JDH - 39 days ago
Yay June! Boys are awesome! I have been having the most lazy, irritable day! I feel like a horrible mother/wife. I just can't wait until bedtime to lay in bed and fall asleep to the TV. It's been rainy here, so we couldnt go outside and my three year old and I have been at each other so much! He just fell asleep on the rocking chair with me, but now my five year old is left to help with my 1 year old! Just feeling guilty for being exhausted and having zero motivation !

june2012 - 39 days ago
Thank you Angel...

angelfree77 - 39 days ago
Congratulations on the BOY!!!!!

june2012 - 39 days ago
It's a BABY BOY... Just what I wanted and prayed for. The hubby and I are so excited. Time to start shopping and thinking of Baby Names... I am so looking forward to the month of March- I can't wait to meet my lil Mr...

june2012 - 39 days ago
My prayers have been answered... Yay!!!

JDH - 39 days ago
Have fun June! I'll be looking forward to your update!

june2012 - 39 days ago
Today is the day I find out if am team PINK or team BLUE...

JDH - 40 days ago
That's the one thing that worries me Kentsmommy. How to include my children as much as possible. They don't seem too concerned so far. We talk about how big baby is and I let them feel he kicks when I can. The days just go so fast, it's hard to squeeze everything in!

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