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18 Weeks Pregnant
If this is your first pregnancy, then the 18th week especially exciting period for you for you start to feel how the child moves. However many young moms experience this pleasure only on the 19th or 20th weeks, especially if they are gaining weight. Many women agree that it’s hard to describe this sensation, but to it seems like the condition before banal diarrhea.
Your baby while in the womb starts to perceive the external world and makes himself known to others by pushing your stomach with his legs. The child can even hear you; the ear bones through which the sound passes to the ear drum or middle ear have already gotten stronger, and the brain region which is responsible for reception of audio signals works. The child gets frightened neither by noises of blood circulating through the umbilical cord, neither by your heart beating, but he does get scared by loud sounds. The retina of the eye gradually becomes sensitive. At this stage, there is still more space in the uterus because the fetus is very active and frequently changes his positions. He could either be crossing his legs, pushing himself back or sucking his finger or even doing some flip-flaps!
Though it seems to you, that your child is asleep he could actually be responding to everything taking place outside. For example, if you expose your bare stomach under bright sunlight your child could see a light pink light.
From this week on, start talking to your baby, sing songs for him and he can listen to you.
Fetus length and weight
Length from crown to sacrum – 8 inches.
Weight - approximately 6 -7 ounces.