Week 18 Info

So here’s the scoop on baby at week 18.

~ 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.

~ Nerves  in the brain are further specializing into the ones that serve the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. Talking about hearing, your baby’s is growing more acute, making your little one more conscious of sounds that come from inside your body (which means you could both be listening to each other hiccup  — a skill that your baby has by now).

Looks like back pain (from a changing center of gravity) and more general aches & pains (from relaxin making my ligaments and joints more loose) are in my future.  Not experiencing any yet, but it looks like all the exercise I’ve been doing is paying off at keeping those at bay.  Either that or I have a high pain tolerance *shrug*.

Next appointment is this upcoming Monday (19 weeks).  I’ve been told that we’ll be able to schedule our official ultrasound after that appointment.  Hopefully we’ll know if we’re having a boy or girl before Christmas – wouldn’t that be a great gift?


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Claire
    Nov 25, 2008 @ 13:11:34

    WEAR GOOD SHOES, that will help your back. And, if it gets bad, your doctor or a PT may suggest a support band. Hopefully the back pain doesn’t get bad for you! Have fun at the appointment and I do hope you get the U/S appt before Christmas. It will be a magical time!


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