18 weeks pregnant
You're approaching the half way mark, and you've probably begun preparing for your life with your baby. Things to consider include whether you are going to have baby sleep in your room for the first few months, or whether he or she will go straight into his/her own room, how you will help siblings adjust to a new baby brother or sister, how much maternity leave you are able to take and if/when you will return to work. Visit our OHbaby! Forums to find out what has worked for other mums and dads.
Your baby is now 14 cm long and weighs around 150- 200 gm. Start brushing up on your lullabies now - this week, your baby can hear! The bones of the inner ear and the nerve endings from the brain have developed enough so that your baby will hear sounds such as your heartbeat and blood moving through the umbilical cord.
He or she may even be startled by loud noises! Your baby's eyes are developing, too - the retinas may be able to detect the beam of a flashlight if you hold it to your uterus.
Your baby is also now able to swallow, and he or she may swallow up to a litre of amniotic fluid throughout the day. Recent research indicates that your baby may already be able to feel thirsty! Thirst may be responsible for the amount of fluid swallowed in order to keep the protective amniotic fluid at a constant level.
You may be able to feel his movements as he kicks against your uterus. Some women describe this as tiny flutters or similar to bubbles of gas.
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