Our Baby This Week

 

18 Weeks

 

Well, the leg cramps, heavy belly and Braxton hicks have all started.The problem is that those all indicate Iím further along than we think I am.With the size of my belly and some other pregnancy symptoms that arenít appropriate dinner conversation, Iím starting to wonder if that is in fact the case.I guess weíll find out Tuesday.Thatís when weíll have the ultra sound and hopefully get to peak in our package.Timeís a ticking if you want to vote for a boy or a girl!Anyway, head to bottom, our baby is approximately 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a large sweet potato) and he weighs almost 7 ounces.His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin and his ears are now in position and stand out from his head. Myelin (a protective covering) is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born.

 

You can email us with your vote for a girl (Hurray!) or a boy (Yippee!).Iíll post the results when we find out the sex through the magic of scienceó December 20th.

 

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Info taken from BabyCenter.com

 

 

Note that, for the purposes of this chart, babies are measured from the crown (or top) of the head to the rump (or bottom) until about 20 weeks. After that, they're measured from head to toe.

 

Gestational age

Length (US)

Weight (US)

Length (cm)

Mass (g)

 

(crown to rump)

(crown to rump)

8 weeks

0.63 inch

0.04 ounce

1.6 cm

1 gram

9 weeks

0.90 inch

0.07 ounce

2.3 cm

2 grams

10 weeks

1.22 inch

0.14 ounce

3.1 cm

4 grams

11 weeks

1.61 inch

0.25 ounce

4.1 cm

7 grams

12 weeks

2.13 inches

0.49 ounce

5.4 cm

14 grams

13 weeks

2.91 inches

0.81 ounce

7.4 cm

23 grams

14 weeks

3.42 inches

1.52 ounce

8.7 cm

43 grams

15 weeks

3.98 inches

2.47 ounces

10.1 cm

70 grams

16 weeks

4.57 inches

3.53 ounces

11.6 cm

100 grams

17 weeks

5.12 inches

4.94 ounces

13 cm

140 grams

18 weeks

5.59 inches

6.70 ounces

14.2 cm

190 grams

19 weeks

6.02 inches

8.47 ounces

15.3 cm

240 grams

20 weeks

6.46 inches

10.58 ounces

16.4 cm

300 grams

 

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