Holy cow! 18 whole weeks!!! Here is what is going on this week according to Baby Center:
Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He’s busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he’s born. If you’re having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you’re having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.
How your life’s changing:
Hungry? An increase in appetite is pretty common about now. Make it count by choosing meals and snacks that are rich in nutrients instead of empty calories (chips, French fries, candy, and other sweets). Bigger, more comfortable clothes are a must now as your appetite and waistline grow.
Your cardiovascular system is undergoing dramatic changes, and during this trimester your blood pressure will probably be lower than usual. Don’t spring up too fast from a lying or sitting position or you might feel a little dizzy.
From now on, when you do lie down, it’s best to lie on your side — or at least partly tilted to one side. (When you lie flat on your back, your uterus can compress a major vein, leading to decreased blood return to your heart.) Try placing a pillow behind you or under your hip or upper leg for comfort.
If you haven’t already had a second-trimester ultrasound, you’ll probably have one soon. This painless procedure helps your practitioner check how your baby’s growing, screen for certain birth defects, check the placenta and umbilical cord, determine whether the due date you’re working with is accurate, and see how many babies you’re carrying. During the exam, you might see your baby moving around or sucking his thumb. Bring your partner along, and be sure to ask for a printout for your baby’s first photo album!
How far along? 18 weeks
Total weight gain: 5.5 lbs
Maternity clothes? I can still fit into most of my regular clothes (with a belly band around my unbuttoned pants), but prefer the comfort of my maternity clothes. I only have a few maternity items though, so I try to mix it up so that I am not wearing the same thing all the time.
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: I started sleeping with a pillow between my legs at night and it is so much more comfortable! Wish I would have started that a couple weeks ago. I am also starting to make sure I am sleeping on my side, as per Baby Center’s instructions. This isn’t too hard for me since I am a side sleeper anyways. I am just more aware of it and get back in the right position if I wake up in the middle of the night and find myself on my back.
Best moment this week: When hubby and DS felt baby girl kick! I kept telling them, I knew it was strong enough to feel from the outside. They didn’t believe me. She finally gave them both a swift strong kick that they were able to feel. Smiles and laughter all around! Now she just has to do it again for DD to feel!
Miss Anything? Nothing at all!
Movement: Starting to feel lots of movement this week. Pretty much everyday I am able to feel a few kicks or movement throughout the day.
Food cravings: Mexican food!
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Gender prediction: A sweet baby girl!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Still having a few headaches a week. A small glass of soda and a 30 minute nap seems to help ease them a bit.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Excited and so very happy!
Looking forward to: Feeling more and more movement every day from here on out, getting a BIG baby bump, and decorating the nursery!