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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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JDH - 1 days ago
Angel, I am so jealous you are a week ahead of me : )

angelfree77 - 1 days ago
Wow...20 weeks yesterday! I cannot believe we are halfway to meeting our Little One!!!

sparks717 - 78 days ago
Hurrah for being over halfway. 143 days down 137 roughly to go. I am so thankful that the really big part of pregnancy will be in the winter. It's been so hard to handle this heat.

weber3 - 84 days ago
@pookalou so good things are going well. Halfway is ladies are just about at the milestone that they will be able to survive if born early. Let's hope they stay cozy inside the next half though.

weber3 - 84 days ago
I popped back in this week... did I mention I am back....week 4 only 16 weeks behind you all. Hoping this pregnancy goes better.

pookalou - 84 days ago
@weber congrats! Wishing you all the best. I made to the halfway point today. Baby is moving a lot now.

daffymtz22 - 98 days ago
Hello week 20!! Boy over here too!!!

mommashavin11 - 100 days ago
congrats!!!! having our 7 th daughter, and having tough time on names! The name genie site says the name Ava says its the fifth popular, but I have yet to see an Ava in school or elsewhere! what are all your thoughts? Ava Juliet is the one were leaning towards.

lilgibber22 - 100 days ago
Half way there!

mom2beof6 - 101 days ago

Lizakn - 104 days ago
Just getting here! I was on this site with my last pregnancy....and I am again lol. Pregnant with #4! Don't know sex (won't be finding out as I am opting out of u/s) Excited to be here with all you ladies! Although I'm sure my pregnancy/birth will be much different then many (or all) of you (I'm doing a hands off pregnancy & unassisted home birth) I hope everyone on here is respectful of each other's birth plans because in the end - as long as you are happy...that's all that matters :) The other site I was on I had to leave because I was completely criticized for my plans. Hope to have a much different outcome on here :)

beingamomrocks - 122 days ago
Had my first ultra sound for my 5th pregnancy. The bummer is no one could see a clear view of the gender:(. I want a girl. I try to limit my ultra sounds to 'one' if I can. I really want to know the gender. It's bugging me really bad:(. At least the baby seems healthy!:)

monkeymomma - 125 days ago
Hello 20 weeks! It's a....GIRL!!!! I'm so excited!

PaulaSoon2B8 - 139 days ago
I am hoping gets thinking its because just wasntn good enough shape before this one....hopefully it doesn't get worse as I get going to try and do some tummy tightening exercises see if it will help a little :) Good luck with the heartburn...hopefully it was just something you ate and not on ongoing thing!! Stay away from red sauces for now...anything tomato based, or any other acidy foods

TaraR - 140 days ago
Thanks Paula for your info! I will use your suggestions! :) Hopefully your cramping will pass.

PaulaSoon2B8 - 140 days ago
It could be...but my last 2 were back to back and I don't remember it...may just be me getting LIke I said no other concerns will just have to keep an eye...and notes of accurances...

susieq2582 - 140 days ago
PaulaSoon2B8 - I am having the same thing this time around. Cramping off and on that makes me a little nervous. I am having #4 and my third is only 9 months old, so I was thinking it was the back to back babies.

PaulaSoon2B8 - 140 days ago
I had it really bad with one of my pregnancies. There are some foods that can assist along with staying away for your tomatoes and other acidy foods. But oatmeal, salad greens, bananas, melons, chicken, turkey, fish and other seafoods, roots and greens,(celery, broccoli, asparagus etc.), rice and/or couscous. Also adding ginger, fennel, parsley to your foods can help :) Good luck...hopefully for you it will just be an occasional thing...I know its not fun :( Good Luck!!

TaraR - 140 days ago
Good morning everyone!! I've had the worst heartburn....I haven't been sleeping very well at all. I'm hoping it passes soon! I've been drinking tons of milk and it's been helping a little bit. I hope everyone has a great week!!! :)

PaulaSoon2B8 - 141 days ago
my referral was sent through to my OB from past babies...we have moved out of the region, but hoping he will still see me since we have a history :) Finger crossed :) I don't know what I'll do without him if he declines...

PaulaSoon2B8 - 141 days ago
20 weeks or less until we meet our little Leyla....I am so excited!! Anyone suffering from any tummy pains and cramping? I haven't really experienced feelings quite like this in my past pregnancies....but there are no other I don't know whether or not to be concerned. I sneezed yesterday and thought my tummy...was going to tear open....maybe its just getting old

1morefor4 - 142 days ago
Nice names Tara and RowdyRandi... It's my last day in week 20 and for some reason this week seemed to drag by. I have a midwife appointment Wednesday and 13 days to finish planning and preparing my gender reveal party so I'm a bit stressed and tired.

RowdyRandi - 143 days ago
Thanks everyone! We were actually hoping for another girl but i guess now we'll have one of each and TaraR I also like the name Andrew. My husband picked to name ours Andrew Lee after Andrew Jackson and Robert E Lee. He's a big history buff.

TaraR - 144 days ago
Thanks kekea! Andrew is after my brother...he's my best friend. :) I wasn't too sure on Oliver but I have fell in love with that name! :)

kekea - 144 days ago
TaraR beautiful name...

TaraR - 144 days ago
Hello 20 weeks!!!!!!! I'm so excited to be here!! Halfway done!! This little boy is an active little booger!! I'm so in love with him!! We have decided on Oliver Andrew as his name!! :)

kekea - 145 days ago
Congrats RowdyRandy!!!

1morefor4 - 145 days ago
RowdyRandi-- Congratulations.

RowdyRandi - 146 days ago
Its a boy!

1morefor4 - 146 days ago
Rissalynn--That's a beautiful name

rissalynn0416 - 148 days ago
I 💘 Ariel. Thats one of my girl names too. I think weve settled on Tatihana for this one if it is a girl tho.

1morefor4 - 148 days ago
Those are great names RowdyRandi

RowdyRandi - 148 days ago
Woohoo ultrasound is this wednesday! My hubby has already picked names for either way. If its a boy Andrew Lee and girl Ariel Denise

1morefor4 - 148 days ago
Halfway! I always have a few goals in mind during pregnancy as far as weeks I try to get to. First is to make it out of the first trimester. Then it's 20 weeks to get to the halfway point. Next it's too reach the age of viability (I think it's still considered 24 or 25 weeks). And then I just need to get to 37 weeks then I'm going to be trying to get this baby out of here lol.

rissalynn0416 - 151 days ago
Beckym I have had the same problem around 12 weeks. Its because of the increase blood flow to the mucus membranes and regular allergies. Its a double whammy and it sucks. I havent had a lot of blood no actual nose bleeds. Have you had any throat irritation with yours as well? I feel like its in my chest too. I am high risk so the only thing im able to use is the saline spray however they have one specific for sinus and allergies. Its been a lifesaver and its totally safe. Try that and see how it works for you. Its only like $7-9 and worth every penny. Let me know how it goes... I havent had any problems since I got the spray.

mamalira - 155 days ago
Hello 20 weeks!!

kekea - 157 days ago
Half way there! These 20 weeks have been the longest. I guess because I found out so soon. at any rate I am excited to have reached this point. I hope everyone is feeling well.

kekea - 157 days ago
Mami2beof3 congrats on your baby boy!

mami2beof3 - 160 days ago
Proud to announce I'm team blue! I've always wanted to have a house full of boys and this is my 2nd son of 3 children, my daughter being the oldest! How are you all feeling? I'm not too bad just suffering from swollen and tender breast and this growing baby on my bladder! I hope you all are well!

jamie86 - 168 days ago
Holz I love the name. I tried Lucas and hubby said no lol. Becky- I'm congested too. I am making myself rest today. Woke up with cramps so either I've over done it or he's growing.

beckym - 168 days ago
Is anyone else super congested, I love the pregnancy right now, lots of movement, still subtle enough that no one else can feel from the outside of my belly, but I sure can! I missed being pregnant for this stage. My husband was telling me also how he enjoys the pregnancy process with me and that he missed it too, he thinks the prego belly is cute. As far as this congestion thing, my nose is stuffy/runny a lot, I sneeze a lot, and the last few days I have had a few nose bleeds, my throat is scratchy and irritated, I don't normally get allergies, but maybe the pregnancy mixed in with the season might have a part to play in this.

beckym - 168 days ago
Jamie, lol for the name switcharoo. Holt, that is a nice name combo, my son's close friend is a lucas.

holz8519 - 169 days ago
I'm pretty sure we are going with Lucas Elliott for our son. That could always change though lol.

jamie86 - 171 days ago
Becky- we have names picked by 20 weeks usually. My first daughters name as picked years before I met my husband lol. He had no choice in the matter but I did offer to change the middle name if he wanted. He was fine with the name that I had picked. Our youngest daughter we ended up changing the name a week before I had her! A lot didn't even know we changed it until after she was born lol.

beckym - 171 days ago
Free2bmom, I hope baby waits, I'm glad you both are ok. Jamie, it is great you both already agree on a name, we normally don't have the name filly sorted 100 percent until a day to 3 days after the baby is born! We always have general ideas, confirmed parts, or something like that. Anthony was confirmed first name, but I thought we were going with Giovanni as his middle, but that changed the day after he was born to Jerry so he was named after both grandfather's. Felicity took us 3 days and was almost an Elizabeth, I am so happy my husband came around with my first choice though, I had that name planned since I was little. Michelle was promised out to my mom, Johnny picked Amelia as her middle name.

jamie86 - 173 days ago
Free- so sorry to hear of the issues. As for turning the baby you really can't right now. They flip back and forth on their own. My 2nd was actually engaged at 26 weeks and I didn't go into labor with her. Was induced after my due date.

Free2Bmom - 173 days ago
So I developed a clot at 15 weeks and have been slowly bleeding it out ever since. I was sent for an ultrasound yesterday and turns out my baby girl has ingested some blood. Apparently that's not going to hurt her. Due to this clot and having low Papp--a levels, doctors are telling me I'm looking at preterm delivery. On one hand, having a baby that's not 9lbs like my son was, will be nice, on the other hand I'm praying to make it to at least 36 weeks. Ugh. And to make it a touch worse, baby girl is upside down already in the birthing position with her head rammed into my cervix so they're worried about the strain and pressure it puts on my cervix and the chance it'll be helping me dilate too soon. Anyone know how to turn a baby? Also, I have big breasts and my boobs have bagged up and are sooooo hot! Not in the sexy way either! I have heat rash between them. I feel like an old milk cow already haha. Jaime and Becky, I love the name choices!

jamie86 - 174 days ago
Becky we both really like it. It's kind of popular but thankfully not so much in our area. I like Wesley Joseph too.

beckym - 174 days ago
Maybe Wesley Joseph

beckym - 174 days ago
Very nice Jamie, I babysat an Oliver last year!

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