Pregnancy Week 18
In pregnancy week 18, your baby will be about 5 inches of 6 inches long and will weight up to 5 ounces. Hence you can clearly see that the baby is growing very fast. Your baby's heart is also developed properly and hence this is the right time for the doctor to find out if there are any defects in the heart of the child, with the help of ultrasound reports. But there is no need to worry, as the maximum number of babies will not have any kind of defects in their heart. But in case your doctor suggests any kind of defects in the heart of your baby, then you will need to prepare for the surgeries that your newborn baby will have to undergo. Your baby's genitals will also be grown properly and your healthcare can tell you the sex of your baby, if you desire to know it.
You can touch your uterus easily now, as it is just few inches below your bellybutton. You will look pregnant and might have even gained about 10 to 15 pounds all together form the week 1 of pregnancy to week 18th of the pregnancy. The weight gain will be different for different pregnant ladies. Your uterus will be expanded and it will appear like a small watermelon. You will find it difficult to sleep now, as your belly has expanded and is continuously expanding. In pregnancy week 18, the best position for you in bed is to lie on the left side. You will get comfort in this position and you will have to sleep like this till third trimester finishes. This sleeping position will also prevent your uterus from compressing the inferior vena cava vein. This vein is very important, as it returns blood back to your heart.
Your doctors will advice for an ultrasound again in between any time from pregnancy week 18 to pregnancy week 20. This is just to make sure that the baby is growing fine and there are no defects in the baby. The doctor will examine the umbilical cord and the placenta and again decide the due date of your pregnancy. This due date will be accurate, as now you are in your 18th week of pregnancy. You and enjoy the ultrasound, as you will get to see your miniature baby inside your womb. You will see his or her hands, legs, eyes, ears, head, tummy and those tiny fingers. You can also make your husband a part of this ultrasound adventure.
It is possible to know the sex of your baby in pregnancy week 18. There are some parents who don’t like to know it in advance and want it to remain as surprise while other parents just cannot wait to know the sex of their baby. You can do whatever you want to do. But there are chances that the ultrasound report may mislead you. There are few examples of misleading ultrasound reports. But this test is considered to be 99% accurate. But still your doctors will advice you about the 1% chance of false ultrasound sex report. Amniocentesis is another test that can detect the sex of your baby accurately but there are risks involved in it and hence not many doctors advice for this test.