18 Weeks (from thebump.com)

18 weeks pregnant! That’s 45% of the way there, or only 55% of the way left to go.  I’m really feeling pretty great at this point and starting to let myself get excited about finding out if baby L is a boy or a girl in a little over a week.  I’m at the point in pregnancy where I’m starting to ENJOY the process.  -Katy

What the heck is baby doing in there at 18 weeks? A lot! He’s working his muscles and practicing all kinds of moves. (Can you feel them yet?) Over the next few weeks, you should make sure to start sleeping on your side. That’s because baby (and your uterus) are getting big enough to press against large veins in the back of your abdomen, which can reduce the amount of blood going to your heart, making you feel lightheaded, or worse, lowering your blood pressure. Of course, your veins aren’t the only things that are prone to pressure — you might be too! Not only are you super busy, but you might be having some not-so-fun symptoms, like swollen feet or hands, backaches, leg cramps and nosebleeds. And the stress and discomfort might be keeping you up at night around week 18. Be sure, in your hectic schedule, that you plan some time to unwind. (Great excuse for some pregnancy pampering! Can you say prenatal massage?!) It’s important to give your body and your mind a break for a little while. That just might help you get the sleep you need, too.

your baby’s the size of a sweet potato!
She’s about 5.6 inches long and about 6.7 ounces now and she keeps on growing rapidly. (That’s why you’re probably feeling so hungry.)
 
your baby at 18 weeks
  • Can you believe she’s yawning, hiccuping, sucking and swallowing?
  • And she’s twisting, rolling, punching and kicking, too — and she’s big enough that you might be able to feel her doing it!
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2 thoughts on “18 Weeks (from thebump.com)

  1. Hi! Just a general comment, loved reading your blog. I am 2 weeks behind you in pregnancy, so it’s fun to know what’s coming up! Two major things I wanted to tell you
    1) I loooove all of your clothes and your hair in the pics! Especially the green top with a belt and the white, yellow, black top as well as the simple white t-shirt with the beautiful scarf!
    2) I HATE chicken (still) during pregnancy, and also had cherrioes craving a few weeks ago. So funny! Thought I was the only one!
    Good luck and keep up the good blogging 🙂
    Melanie

    • Hi Melanie (I have a sister named Melody!). Thanks for your sweet comment with feedback. You are so nice with the comments about my clothes and hair (I very much love hair and clothes, so that’s a huge compliment)!

      I definitely know what you mean about reading about what is coming up….I have a few ladies’ blogs I follow who are a few weeks ahead of me, and it gets me excited for things to anticipate. Are you also writing a blog too? I think it’s a great way to keep others updated. Also, I’m sure someday I will look back over this to remember what it was like (or for comparison for baby #2).

      How funny that you hate chicken! I keep wondering if I will ever start eating it again during this pregnancy, but even thinking that way repulses me:) You aren’t the only one with the Cheerios craving…although that has slowed down for me in the past few weeks.

      Katy

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