Posted by: mommyq | October 22, 2007

18 Weeks Pregnant

Well, another week has come and gone!  Only 3 more sleeps till the ultrasound!!!  We had a great outing to the pumpkin patch today which I should have an entry and pictures on tomorrow.

18 Weeks Pregnant

Baby:  Your baby measures 5 to 5.6 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 5.25 ounces. The rapid growth spurt is tapering off, but reflexes are kicking in. It can yawn, stretch and make facial expressions, even frown. Taste buds are beginning to develop and can distinguish sweet from bitter tastes. The baby will suck if its lips are stroked and it can swallow, and even get the hiccups. The retinas have become sensitive to light, so if a bright light is shined on your abdomen, baby will probably move to shield its eyes.

Mommy:  Your uterus, about the size of a cantaloupe, can probably be felt just below your navel. You’re most likely feeling the baby move by now. A mid-pregnancy ultrasound may be performed between now and 22 weeks to assess fetal growth and development and to verify the due date. If the baby is in the right position, the ultrasound may even be able to determine whether it’s a boy or a girl. Your heart has to work 40 percent to 50 percent harder now to support your pregnancy.

Mommy note:  Can I just say that this kid seriously moves like CRAZY!  Honestly, I am feeling movement that I don’t remember feeling with Sydney till about 24 weeks and on.  I have been kicked, punched and at one point, I swear I felt a heel or something from the outside.  It feels like the baby is laying sideways and has its heels dug into one side while its hands are up and dug into the other! LOL  Just tonight, I had to stop eating my dinner because the kid was doing back flips and, it actually made me nauseated to eat while there was all this commotion going on inside of me!

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