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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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Went to the dr's yesterday & we r having a babygirl 😃 we r soooo excited. - 38 days ago
off to week 21!

NICOLA2010 - 39 days ago
argh i do apologise for all the typos.. i type on a tablet lol

NICOLA2010 - 39 days ago
i just had some tummy bug real crappy day.. my daughter's 4th birthday too..was still a fun day wish i wasnt going to bathroom loads though lol.. i woke ip with insanly bad stomach cramps.. this evenjng feel better think its preety mich out the system.. i shsll not be snacking beforr bed just incase lol.. now im just super tbirsty so bit ddbydrated.. i was getting some braxton hicks which is a giveaway ur dehydrated

NICOLA2010 - 40 days ago i saw the pics so awesome! im not constipated anymore.. my, system also crazy.. r u pregnant lactose intolerant? think i may be.. helps u go i guess yogurt in morning.. my baby seems sooo quiet.. little worrying i never feel him! for a while i though boy hes active.. im lucky i feel him once a day.. i think cos i have placenta at front.. with my dwughter she was soo active.. and still is very acfive girl.. my son hes verrry quiet sits around alot doesnt talk.. this boy is even quieter! cant be possible lol - 40 days ago
Thanks NICOLA2010 - the photo's turned out nice! I posted them :) I'm feeling constipated as well..booo and I was the opposite last week geez I wish my system would just be normal lol! I find my stomach is super sensitive this pregnancy it gets upset easily with different foods I'm not used to it. Still feeling blah from time to time..I just think that's what I'll feel like my entire pregnancy I'm getting used to it. Baby girl is super active I love feeling her, best part of pregnancy by far!!!

NICOLA2010 - 42 days ago
im super bloated and constipated today.. have pain in my bowels.. then i had acid reflux lovely.. prob where uterus is pushing the intestines up

NICOLA2010 - 42 days ago aww sux eh.. i was hoping for a good pic wanted to see his face Haha.. i got a good at my almost 14 wk ultrasound.. the one of my daughter u super see her features and i see the resemblance as she were when born.. cant wait for u to announce on facebook hehe.. oh funny i wonder if she will be a tummy sleeper haha.. my daughter was always back to back and had super bad back pains all the time and bad back labour... cant wait to meet this bugger haha - 42 days ago
NICOLA2010 - we got a horrible photo lol!! She was way to busy..the ultrasound took an hour because she had so much trouble..this happend in our other ultrasounds as well..busy busy baby..and baby apparently prefers to lay on her belly the only photo we got she is face down and you can't see anything by her head and spine..not even worth the upload! But luckily at my 11 and 13 week ultrasounds we got a nice one! Thanks for the congrats and thanks for keeping my secret!! hehe It sounds like we both have busy baby's..

NICOLA2010 - 43 days ago
my ultrasound is on my profile if ur interested

NICOLA2010 - 43 days ago yay thays awesome.. my mouth is zipped shut.. did u get any pics? and did u get to see her profile much.. i never got to see his profile pic was blurry and he moved soo much - 43 days ago
konepich - Thank you!! I'm excited about girly things thats for sure! We have a 2 1/2 year old boy so we feel so lucky to get one of each best of both worlds!

konepich - 43 days ago
Congrats hun!!! It will be wonderful to have a little girl to dress up :) - 43 days ago
It's official....we are having a baby GIRL!!!! NICOLA2010 - we will announce it on facebook this weekend once we get our photos done by my sister!!

NICOLA2010 - 44 days ago oh yes.. good luck.. . must be so excited.. looking forward to how it went eek hehe - 44 days ago
minibub(pink) - I'm glad the move went well! It's so exciting to be in week 20..I can't wait until tomorrow afternoon i go for my Ultrasound woo so excited and anxious to see if they also say girl like my gender assessment! I had a stress dream last night that I prepared for a girl and baby came out with a penis haha! So it'll be nice to find out again tomorrow to either confirm girl or find out boy! Wish me luck!

minibub(pink) - 44 days ago
can't believe we are at the half way mark already. seems like just yesterday most of us were awaiting morning sickness to pass. My lo is also very very active. every night when I lay down I rest my hand on my tummy and feel kicks kicks and more kicks. it's so beautiful. best part about being pregnant I would have to say. moved into my new house on Monday so been flat out since then. varicose vains are so bad at the moment. ouch ouch ouch. apart from that life's peachy and I'm in love with my new house

konepich - 45 days ago
Rgt behind you ladies :) It seems it will be us chatting again 😄

NICOLA2010 - 45 days ago
yay week 20! awesome feeling.. my boy is soo active.. and getying stronger i felt a big kick on the outside last night - 45 days ago
Hello week 20! Half way there woo hoo :D :D

klawest2 - 53 days ago
I created a Facebook group for all IAP mamas who are due in 2015 :) search 'IAP 2015' and request to be added! I was a part of the IAP 2012 Facebook group and still keep up with lots of the mamas I met there!

RachRiv - 67 days ago
Thank you.. I have to take more tests Thursday

lissie**** - 70 days ago
That is unsettling. Happened to my SIL 3 times. All were normal when they came. Then she opted out of testing for her last baby b/c it was always such a worry for nothing. And guess what?! That baby has DS. What an odd thing. I'm hoping things are okay with you baby.

RachRiv - 72 days ago
Hi everyone. Hope you are all feeling good. I was wondering if anyone went for an amnio through blood and came back abnormal. My dr just called me and told me one part was fine and the second part was abnormal. I'm kinda worried :/

mybaby2 - 72 days ago
Hi, I am new to the site, but finding it really helpful and informative. I am wondering if we have anyone trying or thinking about VBAC? I guess we could support and talk about our plan, results or what's happening....

brittplus3 - 72 days ago
Jh1983- congrats on the girl, ours is also a baby girly!!!! We are going in the afternoon for another ultrasound with a specialist as baby appears to have echogenic bowel. 😞 I'm a nervous mommy right now.

mischi - 73 days ago
Had my 20 week scan a couple of days ago. We did not find out the sex so it will be a surprise. This is our third and baby is measuring about 10 days ahead so might be a big baby this time! Have to go for an extra scan in 8 weeks because there is a tiny bit of fluid on the kidneys. Hoping it has cleared up by then!

lissie**** - 73 days ago
jh// my 3rd was breech till 34-35 weeks then finally turned. It hurt lol but I'm glad he turned finally!

jh1983 - 73 days ago
Britt - any news? We are having a girl. :) she is measuring 4 days big and currently breech but th said she will be wiggly and that's fine.

brittplus3 - 76 days ago
Thanks juliesmom! And jh1983- Wednesday can't come soon enough!!!!

jh1983 - 78 days ago
You too Britt!!! :) Julie -- thanks! I'm so excited. I love the ultrasounds! But I guess, who doesn't?

Juliemom24 - 78 days ago
Congrats Kathy! Good luck jh1983 and brittplus. Hope you get your girls! Let us know when you hear!

brittplus3 - 79 days ago
Jh1983 we were also told at 13 weeks that baby is a girl but we will find out forsure next Wednesday as well!! :-) best of luck at your ultrasound.

jh1983 - 80 days ago
Kathy - Woo Hoo!! I love little boys. They are just so sweet. I have one boy and one girl. My little girl is SO different than my son. She is definitely a handful. I am supposed to be having a girl this time around, that is what they told me at week 13. I find out next Wednesday for sure if it is a girl. I hope so because I have 12 giant rubbermaid containers upstairs full of girl clothes up to size 2T. Also, baby headbands and girl shoes too. What do I have for a boy? Not ONE thing. I didnt keep anything from my son and he is now 6y so I dont bother keeping it.

kathy=^.^= - 81 days ago
So glad to have made it to 20 weeks! Found out that we are having another boy. This will make 4 boys for us lol

Juliemom24 - 83 days ago
Yay, zwiebelpulver. Welcome to team blue! We secretly wanted another girl too but now I'm getting used to the idea of a boy in our lives.// Mel90- I've been feeling the baby more at night. I'm looking forward to feeling baby kick stronger and more frequently. That has to be my favorite part of pregnancy!

mel90 - 84 days ago
Finally here today im so excited..god is good :) anyone feeling their baby move alot more??

lissie**** - 85 days ago
Congratulations zwiebelpulver!! Glad he cooperated to show his goods so you can mentally/emotionally prepare and get excited for him!!

zwiebelpulver - 85 days ago
The scan was good. Also the baby was not very helpfull. She went ok let's start at the top and have a look at baby's head. And there it was hiding under the belly button. 😏 than she went on and it just kept moving the parts to hide. Little devil! 😅 Anyway she gave up looking what it was and said we will just go back later. And than at the end she moved it and went fully excited oh I have seen it! 😄 anyway ther it was! It's a boy! The u/s lady was fully excited. Have you seen it look look! I think she was more excited than us! 😄 but we really wanted an other girl. 😔 So had a sleep over it and feeling better today. Glad I found out so by the time he arrives I will be just happy to have him and not be disappointed like last night. 😁

Juliemom24 - 85 days ago
So excited to hear the results zwiebelpulver!

zwiebelpulver - 86 days ago
Hi Lady's, sorry haven't been around much. No2 keeps giving me hassle with my stomach. So I actually feel like I am hosting a tummy bug at the moment. 20 week scan today. Wonder what it is and if my 12 week scan prediction is right. But than I am no expert. Hope you are all well so fare.

lissie**** - 86 days ago
letroise// did you find out!!?? now did your scan go??

lissie**** - 86 days ago
SHe had her last baby on the SAME day as another sister of ours! It was crazy. Twin cousins born a couple of hours apart! She will have this baby probably was week early b/c repeat c-section so makes it closer to me.

Juliemom24 - 86 days ago
anxiousmami- good to hear from you. I remember the first two week of living in our new place we had no internet and it was hard! // Lissie, that's exciting! You two will be so close in due dates!

lissie**** - 87 days ago
My sister is on this site and due late December :)

lissie**** - 87 days ago
Juliesmom It will be fun to have cousins the same age as your son! :)

lissie**** - 87 days ago
anxiousmama That would kill me having to wait so long to be seen! Glad you found a Dr in your new area and finally get to see baby. //letroise// You will finally have your scan tomorrow right? awesome.

letroise11 - 88 days ago
Julie- i can relate, with my last three pregnancy shortly after announcing my pregnancy one of my sister-in-laws ends up pregnant. I'm pretty sure my mother-in-law would like us all to be done already!

anxiousmami - 89 days ago
Hey mama's, sorry I've been MIA lately. I've relocated to a teensy tiny town in Geary,Ok. It's the country and I get ZERO internet. I could cry, but it's nice at the same time. I am in town today and kinda update. I finally got medical and set up an appt but that's about 21/2 wks out! That will be my initial prenatal appt. If I waited this long it shouldn't be no biggie to wait a bit more. Can't wait to see whats inside me.

Juliemom24 - 90 days ago
It's so nice to say that I'm over halfway through this pregnancy! Wohoo! Two of my sister-in-laws announced they are pregnant too and due two months after me. So crazy! We were all preggo together last time too. I'm hoping that there is at least on baby boy in that group for our little guy.

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