18 Weeks Pregnant
Your Pregnancy Week by Week
Your Baby at 18 WeeksSize: 5.59 inches (14.2 cm)
Weight: 6.70 ounces (190 grams)
It's a slow week for large milestone developments. But your baby is growing, working on his gymnastics moves, and is more likely now to response to audible external stimulate.
With lots of room to wiggle around, your baby is going to have a lot of fun developing muscles by moving legs, arms, and wiggling his fingers.
Mom at 18 Weeks PregnantThe excitement of feeling much more baby movements is sure to help you with feeling less-than-chipper about the changes in your body. Your energy levels are still relatively high so it is a good idea to start making lists and planning for everything that you need to accomplish before your baby comes home.
When your baby does come home, your entire life is going to be turned upside down with a new schedule of around the clock feedings, changings, and rocking. Now is the ideal time to tackle those projects and whittle that to-do list down to a decent length.
A few more stretch marks, or the darkening of your existing marks, are very possible as your uterus continues to grow and stretch your skin. You may even notice a few new stretch marks on your breasts as they are growing larger in preparation for nursing.
Adding an extra pound every other week is not unexpected; as your baby grows, so does the amount of fluid surrounding him. With this increase in the size of the baby, the size of your uterus, the increased blood levels in your body, and the water that you are likely retaining, you are going to see the scale moving upwards.
This is not the time to panic about gaining weight. You're pregnant; you are going to gain weight! Just keep your doctor's recommended weight gain guidelines in mind and be sure to make healthy eating choices.
Scrapbook it. It's never too late to start a pregnancy calendar or journal of your feelings. Some items to include are pictures of your ultrasounds, cards from friends, or special thoughts to look back on later.