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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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RachRiv - 11 days ago
Thank you.. I have to take more tests Thursday

lissie**** - 14 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 17 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**** - 17 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 - 17 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 - 20 days ago
Thanks juliesmom! And jh1983- Wednesday can't come soon enough!!!!

jh1983 - 22 days ago
You too Britt!!! :) Julie -- thanks! I'm so excited. I love the ultrasounds! But I guess, who doesn't?

Juliemom24 - 22 days ago
Congrats Kathy! Good luck jh1983 and brittplus. Hope you get your girls! Let us know when you hear!

brittplus3 - 23 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 - 24 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=^.^= - 25 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 - 27 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 - 28 days ago
Finally here today im so excited..god is good :) anyone feeling their baby move alot more??

lissie**** - 29 days ago
Congratulations zwiebelpulver!! Glad he cooperated to show his goods so you can mentally/emotionally prepare and get excited for him!!

zwiebelpulver - 29 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! πŸ˜… 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! πŸ˜„ 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! πŸ˜„ but we really wanted an other girl. πŸ˜” 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 - 29 days ago
So excited to hear the results zwiebelpulver!

zwiebelpulver - 30 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**** - 30 days ago
letroise// did you find out!!?? now did your scan go??

lissie**** - 30 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 - 30 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**** - 31 days ago
My sister is on this site and due late December :)

lissie**** - 31 days ago
Juliesmom It will be fun to have cousins the same age as your son! :)

lissie**** - 31 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 - 32 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 - 33 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 - 34 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.

lissie**** - 38 days ago
That's funny Letroise we could trade clothing lol.

letroise11 - 39 days ago
Good luck lissie. I know we will all be wishing you the best! To bad we all don't live in the same area and could trade clothing. I'm constantly shopping for baby clothes, it's a very bad habit. Unfortunately the company I work for supports this and I'm always getting great deals. Like most of our kids mine have more clothes than I do. 😬

lissie**** - 39 days ago
Yes I think placenta will likely move up. Just bad experience with my 3rd pregnancy. Prob be fine though. That's why I'm not too too worried. But will be if bleeding or it doesn't move up.

lissie**** - 39 days ago
And I will prob ues boy clothes some too and dress it up with pink etc lol. And sleepers/sleep sacks etc. And some onsies are unisex. Or at least I can make them work. Like a camo jacket with pink shirt etc. But I plan to get some really girly clothes too...DH is the fashionista in our family and will surely be spoiling this girl with all kids of things! :) He's been hoping for a girl every time haha!

lissie**** - 39 days ago
//Juliesmom//I am pretty much starting over but I do have a few things. And they will be born just a month apart seasonally so that's helpful too ;)

Juliemom24 - 39 days ago
Oh no, Lissie! I know a lot of people end up having the placenta move up so I hope that's the case for you! You should just be focusing on that sweet little girl you're about to have. Did you save clothes from your first daughter or are you starting over with this one?

lissie**** - 40 days ago
Was going to say that we found out we are having a girl but I also found out I have placenta previa :( We will go back to have another ultrasound in 2 months if we haven't had any bleeds etc before then. Hoping placenta will grow up and away from the cervix! boo. I've already had low placenta and then an abruption. FInding out this was a girl sort of put off the worry of p. previa. I am just hoping that it will be better at our next ultrasound and NO BLEEDING please!!! I told my mom I'm concerned but not worried at this point. If I still have p. previa in two months or any bleeding issues I will be very upset.

lissie**** - 46 days ago
Jessica it will be a new adventure having a girl :) Congratulations!!! It will be fun to dress her up! :)

jezzicarabbit1 - 46 days ago
I am for sure having a girl! I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around that. I am so used to boy stuff everywhere I am kind of nervous lol

lissie**** - 47 days ago
Congratulations April! :)

aprilrose - 47 days ago
I found out baby no. 3 is a boy :) That's boy-girl-boy for me

lissie**** - 48 days ago
I know I keep waiting for week 20. Almost there! Baby measures 20 on Wed but lmp due date will put it to Saturday. //jessicarabbit// let us know if you find out girl for sure tomorrow!!! exciting!!!

daisyreh - 48 days ago
Wow! Halfway tomorrow I can hardly believe it!! I feel like this pregnancy is going by faster than the other two…likely because I have 2 young ones keeping me very busy!! :) Hope you're all doing well!

jezzicarabbit1 - 50 days ago
I had an early ultrasound at 17 weeks that said girl but I am not sure I totally believe it yet. Have our anatomy scan on Monday so looking forward to knowing the sex for sure. I don't want to get too excited about it being a girl until I get confirmation.

lissie**** - 53 days ago
Yay!!! :)))

kayte-berk - 56 days ago
Found out this past Wednesday we're having a Boy!!

lissie**** - 68 days ago
congratulations!!!! yay a girl! :)))

aksnods - 69 days ago
Were having another little girl. We r over the moon:)

matoks - 72 days ago
Thank u ladies,I tried to spend time with some friends just 2make myself happy,u know men can be so funny at times,today dey are nice tommorrow dey are wild........ok i just felt a strange pain in my tommy think baby was turning,it was so painful dat I didn't know when I shouted nd d next person knew sth was wrong,what a sharp pain!this baby though.

bonitadiane - 72 days ago
Twinny... Love her name a lot. :) I can see how your moms excited. I named my first daughter after my moms mom too. My grandmother passed in January of 09 and my first born was born in November of that year. It just felt so right my daughter take my grandmothers maiden name of Tome. My mom was happy. Matoks I must of missed something ? How did hubby upset you? :( hope you feel better. Thank you so much for kind words. I'm going to try and post this weekend. My parents have wifi and I usually take my iPad. It's just finding the time. Lol but I'm going to try even just to update you ladies after app. As I know you ladies would love to know. Ok. Is it 21 week time? Lol it's toooo quiet in there

jojo - 73 days ago
Awe bonita I'm so glad they were good with you and can get you seen as soon as.. will be waiting on an update when you can hun xx twinny Kacy Jane is so pretty, and so nice to use your grandmothers name I can imagine how special that was for your mum to hear.. like you said hun see how you feel as the weeks go on.. matoks glad your appointment went well I'm sure you csn forgive your hubby

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