Posted by: mommyq | February 3, 2005

18 Weeks

I don’t believe how fast the weeks are flying! My belly is starting to get so hard now (to the point where I wish I owned some velcro shoes!!!) and it is really getting in the way!

The only complaint I have had of recently in terms of how I am feeling is back pain. Oddly enough, I have no lower back pain (which I figured was a given with the extra weight) but am getting a LOT of pain in my mid-back about 2 or 3 inches below my bra line. My hubby is still giving me the nightly massages and when he gets to the mid back, I want to cry with joy because it feels so good to have it rubbed!

Baby:

Your baby is growing rapidly. The babies bones are continuing the ossification (hardening) process and the pads of the fingers and toes are formed. He/she even has its own set of fingerprints developing as well. Your baby is approximately 5.5 inches and weighs about 200 grams (7.5 ounces).

Your baby can kick, swallow, and sleep. He/she also is developing the stomach, intestine and colon and the intestines collect meconium (the initial stool a baby will pass after birth). If the baby is a boy, the prostate will begin to develop this week as well. The skin is still a bit pink and transparent and his ears still stick out from his head. The four-chambered heart begins to build up muscle cells and is pumping between 25 and 30 quarts of blood per day.

Your baby is becoming aware of the world beyond the womb. Noises filter in, passed along by the bones in his ear. He can hear the sound of your heart beating, the blood rushing through the umbilical cord, and get startled by loud noises. On a warm day, if you sat outside and felt the sun on your naked belly, he would perceive a warm, rosy glow. He can also distinguish sweet and bitter tastes.

Because there is still plenty of room to move around in the womb, your baby is making himself felt and accomplishing some wonderfully gymnastic feats. He can also make some pretty funny faces ­ as he swallows, yawns, sucks, and tastes.

Mommy:

You may be getting light-headed, dizzy or even feel faint from time to time. This is normal and is only cause for concern if it happens frequently (more then several times daily) or severely (causing you to pass out and fall). This condition is referred to as “postural hypertension” and occurs because your cardiovascular system isn’t reacting as quickly as it did before pregnancy. Postural hypertension most commonly occurs when you go from one position, such as sitting, to another position, such as standing, too quickly. The best thing to do is to move slowly when changing positions. Move to the edge of the sofa or chair and allow yourself to get steady before slowly standing.

Are you 18 weeks pregnant? Check out PregnancyCorner.com’s week by week calendar to learn more about you and your baby.

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Responses

  1. Your baby can hear your voice!!

    Wow – so early and baby Q can hear, taste, see, etc. Are you going to talk to the baby now?? I heard somewhere that if you listen to a certain sound once the baby can hear that once the baby is born, it will help sooth him/her (the thought behind all the heartbeat sound machines – but a certain song will have the same effect – or at least that’s what I heard).

    You’re almost half way there….

    • Re: Your baby can hear your voice!!

      I have been talking to the baby pretty much since the start. Pat has recently started talking to the babe now that he/she can hear. One night he decided to explain the joy of remote controls to our son/daughter and went through and told the baby what each remote was, what it did, how it worked etc. etc. IMPORTANT STUFF!! LOL

      • Re: Your baby can hear your voice!!

        Yep – I was brought up believing that children were brought into the house to find their parents the television remote when it got lost 😛 VERY IMPORTANT STUFF


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