Monday, 27 July 2009

18 weeks

Your fetus has become amazingly mobile (at least compared to you), passing the hours yawning, hiccuping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking and swallowing. And, baby's finally big enough that you'll be able to feel those movements soon.

How your baby's growing: Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and they weighs almost 7 ounces. They're busy flexing their arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead.

Their blood vessels are visible through their thin skin, and their ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from their head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around their nerves, a process that will continue for a year after they're 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 far along?: 18 weeks
*Total weight gain: 3kg
*How big is baby?: a sweet potato; reminds me of Dubliner chips
*Maternity clothes?: Pretty much, yup with the exception of some tops, although the dress above I bought for Sabrina's rehearsal dinner
*Sleep?: Waking up a lot to pee, but otherwise okay
*Best moment this week?: Detailed scan is booked for August 14th!
*Movement?: Flutters and kicks, but not a lot this past week
*Food cravings?: Cherry pie, maybe it's b/c of my ringtone or maybe because of this, who knows, but I bought some at the grocery tonight, yum
*Labor signs?: Nope
*Belly button in or out?: Innie, but I'm going to have to get a plastic pregnancy bar soon
*What I miss: Not coughing; I've had a tickle/cough for over a week
*What I'm looking forward to: Vegetarian 3-Ways for dinner one night this week

*Milestone: ?Information from BabyCentre and The Bump.


Cat said...

How is it possible that you are at 18 weeks!? Looking good mama!


Caitlin said...

You look gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

what is a pregnancy bar? I am CLUELESS!!

Melaina25 said...

It's a special acrylic belly bar for belly button piercings that is okay for pregnancy. It stretches/bends...