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18 weeks pregnant

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Your baby

By now, your baby is around 14cm long and can suck his or her thumb. Your little one’s bones are getting stronger so they can kick, roll and flex their little arms and legs.

The sex of your baby was determined from the moment your egg was fertilized, but by now it should be apparent on an 18 week pregnant ultrasound picture as its sex organs are already developing. Baby girls will already be developing eggs in their ovaries.

You

Pregnant at 18 weeks, you may be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat when the midwife examines you.

Your tummy may now be quite round as your uterus has increased in size. The target weight gain for the second trimester is no more than 5.5kg – 9kg (12-19lb), if you’ve had trouble with morning sickness and didn’t gain much weight then you may need to increase your calorie intake – see your doctor if you’re not sure. Learn more about eating healthily during pregnancy.

If you’re experiencing heartburn try a couple of simple tips to increase your comfort, like eating smaller meals or having a peppermint or camomile tea. Read more about heartburn during pregnancy.

What to think about

You will now be able to have the foetal anomaly scan, which is usually available between 18 – 21 weeks. It won’t be able to show every problem, but it’s a good indicator if there’s anything wrong with your baby’s brain, kidneys, digestive tract or heart. Check with your midwife to see what is available to you.

In your scan it’s likely that you’ll be able to find out whether you’re having a boy or a girl. Even though it’s not 100 per cent accurate, some hospitals or clinics will tell you. Ask your doctor or midwife what their policy is and before you find out it might be an idea to check with your partner if they want to leave the sex a surprise.

It’s time to book yourself into some antenatal classes. These won’t start until the last few months of pregnancy, but they fill up quickly. If you’re single, don’t avoid the classes; get a friend or family member to go with you. If you’re not comfortable with that – why not try to find a class for single expectant mums? This might be useful to meet mums-to-be in similar positions. Find out more about antenatal classes.

Keep an eye on your blood pressure. If it’s slightly high because of rushing around or anxiety, try to take things easy and find the time to relax.

Check out our handy checklist to make sure you've ticked off everything you need for your precious new arrival.

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Comments

I am coming up to 19 weeks

I am coming up to 19 weeks now, this is my first and everything is going very well, can not stop touching my tummy, even my husband keep touching it. Waiting for the next scan, really want to know if pink.

I'm 18 weeks today and I

I'm 18 weeks today and I can't wait to feel our baby kick for the first time. We have our scan on the 3rd of may to see if its pink or blue, cant wait :D x

hello mummies 2 be :)

im 18 weeks this tuesday. so excited and so happy, as this is my first. glad to b past the worst of sickness and back to feeling happy, first few months got me down. i have felt some tingley feelings and light cramps deep down is that the baby moving? i really have no idea lol xx

im 18 weeks this tuesday :)

im 18 weeks this tuesday :) so happy, as the first 3months were awful, the sickness and my emotions were all over and i felt down. glad ive got past it. very scary though cause it will be my first. when shall i book antinatal classes? i have felt some tingley pains and kind of like period pains? is that the baby? or just me lol xx

movement

I'm 18+4 and waiting for the first time I feel baby move...but I'm not quite sure what I should be feeling has anyone else felt their baby move already??

18 weeks 3 days, had a

18 weeks 3 days, had a private scan yesterday having a baby boy :) xx

I'm 5 weeks and it's my first, very excited!

Im 5 weeks, I've never been pregnant before and I'm full if a whole mixture of emotions! Overjoyed at being pregnant, just don't think it has all sunk in yet! I had my GP Appointment, they say due date is around 18/12/12, cannot wait! Due to see my midwife for booking in appointment on 10/5. Can anyone tell me what to expect at that meeting please? So excited! Thanks x

Due 11th september :)

Im 18 weeks + 3 Days pregnant with my first baby. I felt movements quite early and there already starting to feel more like kicks :D x

i am 18 weeks tomorrow and

i am 18 weeks tomorrow and have my scan 12/4/12 carnt wait we have two boys age 5 years and 3 years so a little girl would be nice to complete our family but not bothered as long as its healthy so excited i was sick till i was about 14 weeks had no problems at all love feeling our baby move i have felt it move from about 16 weeks good luck everyone in there pregnancies xx

I am 18 weeks today, this is

I am 18 weeks today, this is my 6th baby. I have been feeling movements since about week 15. I have already got 4 girls and 1 boy so would be nice to have another boy but truthfully I really don't mind as long as all is well. I am diabetic so I have to have at least 6 scans during my pregnancy, so it nice to see lots of my baby before he/shes is born. I have my anomaly scan on 12th April so hopefully will find out if a boy or girl then.

Hi im 18 weeks and this is my

Hi im 18 weeks and this is my 3rd baby I can feel the baby move now.i have a 9yr old girl and a 5 yr old boy so im not really fussed what I have this time but both the kids want a baby brother so at the 20 week scan I want to find out the sex so I can talk the kids around the idea of having a baby girl because my boy gets upset when I say that to him he says I already have sister so want a brother now.

Hey im 19 this is my first

Hey im 19 this is my first baby and im 18 weeks, felt my baby move the day and have my 20 weeks scan on 13th april :( as thats on a friday i hope everything will be ok! We are keeping the sex of our lil muffin a surpise :D. Suffered from morning sickness when i was about 8 weeks pregnant had it everyday and now i just have it every so oftern. I just cant wait for him or her to be here now!

hello everyone this is my 1st

hello everyone this is my 1st baby i am nearly 21 and i am 18 weeks i felt my baby move the over day :) i found out the sex of the baby on the 10th of april i am so excited really wont a boy but im pretty sure im haveing a baby girl xxxx :)

Hello everyone this is my 1st

Hello everyone this is my 1st baby I am only 19 and im 18 weeks & 4 days I still havent felt baby move yet :( I found out the sex of the baby on April 3rd so excited really wont a girl but im pretty sure Im having a baby boy xxx

Hey I'm 18wk pregnant, first

Hey I'm 18wk pregnant, first baby. Got a feeling it is a girl but will find out in 2 weeks when I go for my second scan. Can't feel any movements yet, didn't really have any morning sickness. Had lower back pain when I was about 10wk pregnant, no cravings yet :) belly is rounder and growing but not noticible yet.x

I'm 18+3 wks Pregnant, been

I'm 18+3 wks Pregnant, been feeling flutters every so often for about a week or 2, well i am pretty sure they are as i know the difference between wind and stomach bubblings, so can only be faint flutters. I am not the most slimmest person anyway but lost 3 stone before i get pregnant, my belly has bloatred out somewhat since becoming pregnant and depending on what i wera you can see a sort of bump, may be a mixture of bump and belly fat.. i dunno!! I heard baby's heart beating last week which was amazing and a releif as you do worry when you can't feel things properly. I do have baby brain though, i am terrible, my thinking ability has dropped off the scale. 20 week scan on 2nd April so am very excited. Morning sickness (Nausea constantly) has more or less gone but do get the odd day every so often where i feel completely rubbish.

18 weeks on 12/3/12

hi everyone.this is my first child. i am only 19 but have my own house an i am also engaged. i am so excited and can not wait. we find out the sex of the baby on the 26th of this month. we would like a girl but we are not bothered as long as the baby is healthy. x

I am 18 weeks tomorrow, its

I am 18 weeks tomorrow, its my 1st pregnancy, I luckily experienced no sickness and so far haven't had any backache. I have been feeling baby move for a few weeks now. I have however been experiencing really bad abdominal pains over the past few days, can't sit down or stand up without support because of the pain. Doctors checked me out and can't find anything obvious wrong but still doesn't stop the worry. My next scan is in 6 days at least, yay!

Hi im 18 weeks now and been

Hi im 18 weeks now and been feeling baby for just over a week now, im pregnant with our 3rd baby and am hoping it might be a girl as we have two boys and would be lovely to finish it off, but either way as long as baby is healthy we cant wait and either can bumps brothers. I have quite a big bump but expected that as second baby weighed 10lb 1oz at birth and i was huge. I have had hyperemesis since 6 weeks pregnant and still quite sick all the time, ive lost quite a bit of weight so been advised need to try putting some on now as not good for me or pregnancy to keep losing weight...... either way with the sickness still so happy x

Morning Sickness

I'm 18 wks 2moro Morning sickness -It has eased loads, now only have it 3-4times wk in morning.when Im not sick, i tend to get slightly worried until I feel little tiny flutters.Ive hardly put any weight on and have a slight bump. No-one has asked me if Im pregnant - not sure if thats a good thing or people dont want to ask in case its a poping belly and they dont want to offend!cant wait for my scan in 2 wks - so excited!!

I'm 18 weeks 2mrw and am very

I'm 18 weeks 2mrw and am very excited! have been feeling slight movements but its my first pregnancy so has been hard to know what to expect. Is anyone else getting lower back ache?

im almsot 18 weeks pregnant

im almsot 18 weeks pregnant and in so much pain with my back tummy and period like cramps been having for a mont h and docs have found nothing wrong i rpeviuosly had a c-section (aug 2010 ) and the pulling i get is so unreal and stings so sore :( cant wait till i have this baby

I'm 18wks tomorrow and i'm

I'm 18wks tomorrow and i'm still having morning sickness. its eased up alot as i only get it 3/4 times a week, as to every single day. can't wait for that to end! i've also been getting lower back pains also. i'm worried about evrything all the time. At the start of my pregnancy i had been bleeding alot but that has now stopped but i still expect the worst.

I'm 18 weeks + 1 day. I

I'm 18 weeks + 1 day. I haven't felt any movements yet but can't wait for that to happen. Bump is showing but it does depend on how tight my clothes are. My boobs are massive though! Have suffered with awful morning sickness since 6 weeks and it hasn't got much better. It's pretty miserable to constantly feel sick. Anyone else know how I feel? Next scan on 8th March, can't wait. Just hope all ok. Ps first baby

I'm 18 weeks + 1 day. I

I'm 18 weeks + 1 day. I haven't felt any movements yet but can't wait for that to happen. Bump is showing but it does depend on how tight my clothes are. My boobs are massive though! Have suffered with awful morning sickness since 6 weeks and it hasn't got much better. It's pretty miserable to constantly feel sick. Anyone else know how I feel? Next scan on 8th March, can't wait. Just hope all ok. Ps first baby

I im 18 weeks and 2 days. I

I im 18 weeks and 2 days. I felt a bit of rumbling in my tummy. I ges its him or her moving. This is so exciting!!!! I cant wait for hubby to feel it too. N my back aches by the way

I am 18 weeks tomorrow too.

I am 18 weeks tomorrow too. dont think i have felt anything yet :-( or im thinking maybe i have but just havent realised it yet. lower back pain too, mainly in the morning when i first wake up or if ive been sat in the same place for a while like at my desk at work. Just feels like it needs a good stretch out!!

I'm 18 weeks 2mrw and am very

I'm 18 weeks 2mrw and am very excited! have been feeling slight movements but its my first pregnancy so has been hard to know what to expect. Is anyone else getting lower back ache?

i'm 18 weeks an 2days,

i'm 18 weeks an 2days, yesterday morning i felt actual kicks low down in my tummy my boyfriend felt them too we are very excited, find out what where having the 18th cant wait!! :)

18 weeks and feeling tickles

I'm 18 weeks and 4 days and for the last few days have started feeling ittle tickles and bubbles in the lower part of my tummy, all very exciting, Had some brown discharge this morning and some cramps which was scary but the midwife said there's nothing to worry about as it sounds like the pain is growing pains and to expect my bump to have a growth spurt in the next few days....I don't know about anyone else but it's just one constant worry and the baby's not even here yet!!!!xx

I'm 17 weeks 5 days. I find

I'm 17 weeks 5 days. I find on the 10th feb if its a boy or girl. I can't wait! 2 weeks before I found out I was pregnant I was diognosed with polycystic ovaries and was about to start treatment. Could not be happier right now! Xx

aliciajemson

to aliciajemson, i hope you are ok hun, it sounds horrible to just say that to you, i have never experienced that before, i hope whatever you have chosen to do, it was your decision and you werent pushed into anything you didnt want to be. xx

i am 18 wks and am expecting

i am 18 wks and am expecting a girl, i feel baby move quite alot this is my 3rd so i have been felling flutters for a few wks. just feeling very big at this stage.

i'm 18w + 3days i did feel

i'm 18w + 3days i did feel movement a few days ago but nothing since been to midwife n everything ok were not finding awt wat where avin just wanna see him/her again on screen x

I'm 18w + 1day and i do feel

I'm 18w + 1day and i do feel the movements but will only find out the sex on the 18th (wish the next 2 weeks wud hurry up tho) lol

18+1 feeling lots of

18+1 feeling lots of movements and big kicks now :) find out the sex on 9th Jan can't wait! x

im now 17weeks and 5days,iv

im now 17weeks and 5days,iv felt tiny movements but not major ones,i find out what im having on the 4th of january:D

i had a gender scan at 16wks

i had a gender scan at 16wks its a girl was told to go hozi as baby had a swollen heart and fluid in her chest im now 18+2 and my midwife or hozi arnt intrested and they keep telling me to have an abortion has any1 else had this problem im worried to death x

Movements or the first flutters

18 weeks and 1day no movements yet, not worried, im sure the baby will do it very soon xx very exciting xx

its it normal for my hubsand

its it normal for my hubsand to be more over the moon than me its just ive been thou a lot this year i had a brain tumara removed then had other things wrong and told me its going to cum back if i get pregnant

its it normal for my hubsand

its it normal for my hubsand to be more over the moon than me its just ive been thou a lot this year i had a brain tumara removed then had other things wrong and told me its going to cum back if i get pregnant

I have been feeling those

I have been feeling those fluttering movements for some time, while the midwife was listening to baby's heartbeat baby decided to let us all know he was definitely fit and well he/she gave an enormous kick. I tend to feel baby moves more at night. feels good. can't wait to find out baby's sex

Twins

I'm 18 weeks pregnant with twins and haven't felt them move yet. Is this unusual for a twin pregnancy as I was told I may feel them move early. These are my first babies xxx

confused

im a bit confused by how many weeks im gone. got told 14 weeks at 1st scan, but also said i was having a boy, thought this couldnt happen til 20 week scan? im 18 weeks now, does this mean i could be further gone or can u tel what sex it is at 14 weeks? this is my 1st baby xx

xx

hiya im 16 weeks and i think im starting to feel my baby move for the first time, which is exciting but my partner doesnt seem excited like i do. but 3weeks and contin down till we found outwhat we are havin. cannot wait :)

i'm 17 week and 6 days with

i'm 17 week and 6 days with twins starting to feel them move now :)

I'm 18weeks & a day, when I

I'm 18weeks & a day, when I feel my baby move it makes me so proud to be a mum again. I look at God and say "how you have blessed us women"

Im just 18 weeks and my

Im just 18 weeks and my feelings of movement are like bubbles bursting in my tum :) people told me it was like butterflies and wind but ive def got the bubbles feeling i thought i was wrong until i seen this so im happy that its definately my baby moving :)

Try putting honey on your

Try putting honey on your lips. It's also important not to lick them as that actually dries them out more. Otherwise just use any old product available in any chemist or Boots like Vaseline lipbalm or whatever you fancy :-)

Sore Lips

hello all, i am 18 weeks plus 4 days and my lips are unbearably sore, red and patchy. Is anyone else suffering with this and please for the love a god has anyone got and remedies.... i am drinking plenty of water (about 2 plus Liters a day) and applying loads and loads of lip seal.... xx