Monday, May 02, 2005

We're in Week 18!!


At about 5 1/2 inches (14 cm) in length and some 7 ounces (200 g) in weight, the fetus is growing fast and looking more and more babyish. During this week, your baby sense of hearing has become much more acute. The baby can hear noises within the uterus of your bowel moving and even the blood pumping within your vessels. Additionally, the baby can hear things outside the uterus. So if you are talking to your partner, the baby is hearing some sound. (You may even feel the baby get startled inside from noises that take place outside!)

Many of your baby’s bones have begun to harden into bone, rather than rubbery cartilage. Pads are forming on the fingertips and toes, and the eyes are looking forward rather than out the sides of the head. Meconium, the baby's first bowel movement, is accumulating within the bowel. If your baby is a boy, his prostate gland is beginning to develop.

If you notice your belly making jerky movements in sync, don't panic; your baby may have the hiccups!

2 comments:

J├╝rgen Nation said...

Jean!! I love your week updates. I love knowing what is happening to your beans. It must be sooo comfy and warm in there. This weekend Gayle's baby was just so content being held, being swaddled...but you put him down to change him and BAM. Crying. How nice would THAT be? I wish someone would carry me around in a Snugli and pet my head all day. Now THAT would be heaven.

Lori Anne Haskell said...

Are you getting those from babycenter.com? I set it up on that site when Kerry and Deanna were pregnant to get the weekly updates and then we would talk about it via email, phone, whatever. It was a lot of fun. One of the weeks it said something about holding a flashlight up to your belly and the baby would sense this and move around.....I asked Kerry if she did that, and of course, she did.