How Far Along? 18 weeks
Size of baby: The size of a sweet potato
Total Weight Gain/Loss: + 4 lbs
Maternity Clothes: Maternity Jeans, yes, but still wearing mostly non-maternity tops
Gender: BOY- Gavin Tyler
Movement: Definitely feeling him, but still nothing consistent
What I miss: Nada, not a thing
Sleep: Still sleeping pretty welly- sometimes I even sleep until 4-5ish before having to get up to go to the bathroom.
Symptoms: VERY thirsty lately and I also have crazy, vivid dreams EVERY SINGLE NIGHT
What I am looking forward to: Jason and I's day off next Monday which we will spend going to a big ultrasound appt and we're also headed to register!
Weekly wisdom: Not feeling very wise at the moment
Baby Ramey’s Progress
Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.
Your Body This Week
Hungry? An increase in appetite is pretty common about now. Make it count by choosing meals and snacks that are rich in nutrients instead of empty calories (chips, French fries, candy, and other sweets). Bigger, more comfortable clothes are a must now as your appetite and waistline grow.
Your cardiovascular system is undergoing dramatic changes, and during this trimester your blood pressure will probably be lower than usual. Don't spring up too fast from a lying or sitting position or you might feel a little dizzy.
From now on, when you do lie down, it's best to lie on your side — or at least partly tilted to one side. (When you lie flat on your back, your uterus can compress a major vein, leading to decreased blood return to your heart.) Try placing a pillow behind you or under your hip or upper leg for comfort.