18 Weeks Pregnant
It is generally between 18 to 20 weeks pregnant that most women find out the sex of their baby. And in this week your baby is about the size of a bell pepper.
Your doctor will schedule an ultrasound, often called an anomaly scan or fetal morphology, between 18 to 20 weeks. This ultrasound checks to make sure your baby is developing correctly. It is also done to see where your placenta is in your uterus and to check the umbilical cord. It is at this visit that you can find out your baby’s gender, if you choose to do so.
Eighteen Weeks Pregnant
Your little pepper is still busy moving inside your uterus. He or she is flexing it’s arms, crossing it’s legs, and you will start noticing these movements more and more. As the bones in your baby harden, or ossify, so do the bones in the inner ear. Therefor, the baby’s hearing is becoming more acute. Because of this, you may notice the baby reacting to loud sounds.
If you have an ultrasound this week, it is an exciting event. Seeing your baby inside the womb, for most women for the first time, is a moving experience. The ultrasound tech will generally give you pictures of your little one after the appointment.
How You Are Changing
Your baby is changing and so are you. You may notice an increase in your appetite. This is normal but try to choose meals and snacks that are nutritious, as it can be easy to grab was appeals to your cravings.
You may be trying on, or already in, your maternity clothes, especially the pants, as your waist continues to expand.
Another change is to your cardiovascular system, and your blood pressure is likely to be lower than usual. So if you feel dizzy when getting up too quickly, you’ll understand why.
From this point until you have the baby, it is best to lay on your side. If you lie on your back the weight of your uterus and the baby can compress your major vein, leading to a decrease in blood flow to your heart. You may find it comfortable to place a pillow between your knees and behind your back to give you more support.