Your pregnancy back pain may have you tied up in knots, but your baby's getting ready to bust a move. At five and a half inches long and five ounces in weight, she now may be large enough for you to feel her twisting, rolling, kicking, and punching her way around the womb. Plus, she's developing yawning and hiccupping skills (you may feel those soon, too!) and her own unique set of toe and fingerprints.
Your Body in Week 18 of Pregnancy:
Oh, my aching back! If you've uttered those words more than once this week, here's why: Your uterus, now about the size of a cantaloupe, is causing your body's center of gravity to shift, pulling the lower back forward and pushing the abdomen out (so now everyone can see that you’re pregnant!). On top of all that, joint-loosening pregnancy hormones are wreaking havoc on your muscles and ligaments, adding up to one big ouch!
Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the size of a sweet potato!) and she weighs almost 7 ounces. She's busy flexing her arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin, and her ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from her head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she'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.
(Thanks to babycenter.com)
I'm doing pretty well. Definitely starting to enjoy pregnancy. The fatigue and heartburn aren't any fun... but having the belly is something I'm really enjoying! The reason for my crazy emotional outbursts and insane "must-have-blueberry-toaster-waffles" obsession is finally peeking out!
In just one short week, we will have been married for two years!! AAAANNNNDDD... that is the day of our next ultrasound!!! I can't wait until Monday! :) :) :)
**I think that is the ONLY time I will EVER make that statement!!lol**