These are just some of the things that you can expect when you're 18 weeks pregnant.
Your Body at 18 Weeks Pregnant
When you're pregnant at 18 weeks, your belly is probably quite round and now a noticeable "bump" that will only get larger as your pregnancy progresses. It's recommended that women gain anywhere from 12-19 pounds in their second trimester and if you've had problems with morning sickness, this is probably when you'll start to gain weight. If you're concerned about gaining too much or not enough weight while pregnant, read more about healthy eating during your pregnancy.
Heartburn is also a common ailment that could start when you're 18 weeks pregnant. There are a number of tips and remedies to combat heartburn, including eating smaller meals, drinking peppermint or chamomile tea, avoiding trigger foods like tomato-based sauces and chocolate, and using antacids.
Also at 18 weeks pregnant, many women will be able to hear their baby's heartbeat on a fetal Doppler. However, don't panic if your healthcare provider can't find it at a prenatal visit. The baby could have simply moved into a different position, making it harder to find the heartbeat.
Your Baby at 18 Weeks Pregnant
If you have an ultrasound of your baby at 18 weeks, you might be able to discover whether you're having a boy or a girl. If you're having a boy, you should be able to see his genitals and if you're having a girl, she will already begin developing eggs in her ovaries. However, some babies don’t get into a position where these are visible, so this might remain a secret for a little while longer.
Finding out the gender isn't the only reason to have an ultrasound of your baby at 18 weeks. This scan is actually ordered to look at your baby's kidneys, brain, heart, and digestive tract. If your healthcare provider is unable to see all of the vital organs, you may have another ultrasound in a few weeks.
Your baby at 18 weeks is now about 5.5 inches long and his bones are getting stronger each and every day. He will spend more time kicking, rolling, punching and flexing his arms and you're probably able to feel many of these movements.
What to Consider When You're 18 Weeks Pregnant
While many moms and couples decide to find out whether they're having a boy or a girl, many others prefer to wait until the baby is born. There's no right or wrong answer as this is a completely personal decision. It's also important to know that while a gender ultrasound is usually right for a baby at 18 weeks, there's always a small chance that it's wrong.
It's also a good time to start thinking about birthing classes. Your healthcare provider can probably help direct you towards some birthing classes in your area. Many single moms worry that they can't take these classes without a spouse, but instead consider bringing a friend who can support you throughout the class and the birth. Learn more about the options for childbirth classes.
What to Expect at 19 Weeks Pregnant