Thursday, June 16, 2011

18 Weeks :)

Week 18 of Pregnancy: Fetal Nervous System

This week your baby is about five and a half inches long, crown to rump, and weighs about five ounces. And fetal development has reached the stage for you to start feeling those movements some time in the next few weeks — so get ready!
At 18 weeks pregnant, your baby is hitting the height chart at five and a half inches long (remember, that's crown to rump) and weighs about five ounces (the weight of that boneless chicken breast you're making for dinner). And now for the skill of the week (drum roll please…): The art of the yawn has been mastered by your baby (someone's sleepy!).  In fact, you might catch a glimpse of that adorable yawn if you're getting an ultrasound this month. You'll also catch a glimpse of all the fetal movement your baby's doing — twists, rolls, kicks, and punches. And would you believe your baby is finally big enough for you to start feeling those movements now (or anytime in the next few weeks). So get ready!

Something you won't see on the ultrasound, but you'll know is in working order, is your baby's nervous system, which is maturing rapidly at this time.  Nerves, now covered with a substance called myelin (which speeds messages from nerve cell to nerve cell), are forming more complex connections. And those in the brain are further specializing into the ones that serve the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. Talking about hearing, your baby's is growing more acute, making your little one more conscious of sounds that come from inside your body (which means you could both be listening to each other hiccup  — a skill that your baby has by now).

Size of Baby: about 5 1/2 inches long, approximately 5 ounces 

Total Weight Loss/Gain: -20.5 pounds

Maternity Clothes: I am officially in maternity jeans now and starting to show (as evidenced by above photo!)

Gender: still unknown for approximately a little over a week.

Movement: flutters at night by our little night owl :)

Sleep: same as before.  Sleeping alright.

What I miss: Not giving a second thought to the amount of caffiene and/or other things like medicines etc I consume.

What I'm looking forward to: the big ultrasound! Registering for items for the baby. Leaving for Disneyland tomorrow. Crystal and family visiting in a few weeks. Life is good. A lot to look forward to!

Cravings: yellow tomatoes, cheese, melon (especially watermelon!), protein rich foods

Symptoms: nausea, headaches, ligament pain, exhaustion and some heartburn.  Joy! :-P

This last week has brought with it the arrival of maternity clothes and feeling like I am really starting to show.  I was fortunate to be able to head down to Phoenix to pick up some maternity pants and treated myself to some cute cardigans to wear throughout.  So far my shirts are all still meeting my needs and the pants are surely helping my comfort level.

We leave for our family Disneyland vacation bright and early tomorrow morning and I am so excited!  A vacation is just what we need at this point in our lives and it will be well enjoyed and deserved and a special celebration of Fathers Day for Drew.

Well... I'd better be off to do laundry and finish packing... lots to do in a short amount of time!

1 comment:

  1. Many congrats to you and your hubby!! Such exciting news! I'm a new follower. Looking forward to following along your journey!