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Week 18 - Heather's Pregnancy Journey

Jun. 6th, 2005

07:27 pm - Week 18

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Week 18
About 16 weeks after conception


Sleeping may start beginning to be uncomfortable now that you are 18 weeks pregnant. You may want to try using pillows to prop yourself up and find a comfortable sleeping position. This week is a good week to begin your search for a pediatrician or other health care provider for your child. Schedule visits to meet with potential doctors to discuss issues such as appointment availability, immunization scheduling and when to call in an emergency.

Baby Changes
Your baby will now be about 20cm in length and 7 ounces in weight. The bones are still hardening and the finger prints will begin forming shortly as the finger and toe pads are now formed. 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. 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 she may swallow up to a liter of amniotic fluid throughout the day.


For the record, sleeping has been downright painful by the time I wake up for a few weeks now. I can't wait until we get that Tempurpedic mattress. Also known as G-d's gift to pregnant women.

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From:sfynyc
Date:June 7th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
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call me when you get a chance, i haven't spoken to you in forever!
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From:netiimvzaviyos
Date:June 7th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Painful how (if you don't mind my asking)? In any case, I feel for you. Settling in to bed when pregnant is rough.
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From:preggieshoshana
Date:June 12th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Painful in the sense that there is an amazing amount of pressure on my hips that causes pain by morning, which I've been feeling since about the middle of the third month. I'm sure it has more to do with being able to feel the nerves more clearly than extra weight, since I've actually lost five pounds since my first OB appointment. Shifting numerous times from one side to the other during the night doesn't help at all, sadly. Lying on my back is actually the most comfortable thing for me, but I know that at this point it's dangerous, so I don't do it. The good news is I get the mattress I've wanted for years because of this!
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From:netiimvzaviyos
Date:June 12th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Extra weight definitely has nothing to do with it, even if you had any to worry about. My guess is that pregnant women's hip joints take a beating because all of the sudden they're also having to support a growing uterus, which gets heavy enough to pull and drag on places that are not used to that amount of pressure. I started getting uncomfortable at night long before I was showing, and I think it was because the weight was just distributed differently, meaning that my body couldn't settle normally but instead fell into positions that made my hips and shoulders hurt.

Anyway, glad you're getting a good mattress out of it. Since you would prefer to lie on your back, is there any way you could wedge a pillow halfway under yourself so that you're not quite flat on your back but not quite on the side either?
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From:ariella4ever
Date:June 7th, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC)
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I love you heather. im so happy for you.
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From:preggieshoshana
Date:June 12th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
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I love you too, chica. E-mail me so we can swap phone numbers!
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From:bellanubian
Date:June 7th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)

glad to know everything is ok

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we havent talked in about a month! we're due for some phone time! xoxo
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