3 little Miracles

3 little Miracles

Friday, May 28, 2010

Pregnancy Journal - 18 weeks

How am I feeling and how are things progressing with the pregnancy:  As you know by now if you have been keeping up with the blog, we had our level 2 ultrasound this week and we found out we are having a little girl.  HOWEVER, the more important information from our level 2 ultrasound was that the baby is measuring perfectly, and at this time there aren't any signs of physical issues for the baby and no sign of down syndrome.  They still want me to come back for one more level 2 ultrasound because our little gymnast was really moving around and they couldn't get a clear measure and image of her heart, they want to get a clearer look at the chambers of her heart.  I am STILL experiencing nausea on a daily basis, along with nasal congestion, which of course does not help with the nausea.  However, the best part of my pregnancy right now is that I have started feeling the baby moving.  Many woman do not feel the baby moving until around week 20 or later, but when you are on your second or third pregnancy you begin to feel the baby moving sooner.  YEAH!

How our baby is growing:

Head to rump, our baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and she weighs 7 ounces. She's busy flexing her arms and legs — movements that I have already started noticing more and more. 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. Our little girl's uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place.

How my life's changing:

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.


  1. Sounds wonderful! I am 9 weeks pregnant w/ our 4th! Glad to see other pregnancy posts on other blogs! :) Praise God for His mercies! <><

  2. Congratulations on your little princess!! I'm sooo glad to hear that everything is going well!!