At 18 weeks, your baby is about the length of a cucumber and your uterus is around the size of a sweet potato — see how you’re working your way through the produce department? It can be felt about 1½ inches below your belly button — so have a feel.
During week 18, your uterus is only one finger below your belly button. Week 19, your uterus is 1/2 inch below your belly button and the baby weighs about 7 oz; the amniotic fluid weighs 11 oz and the placenta weighs 6 oz. During week 20, your uterus is even with your belly button!
How does your tummy feel at 18 weeks pregnant?
Your baby has been moving around for the past couple of months, but you wouldn’t have noticed because they were so small. Now, you might start to feel some movement – it’s like a bubbling or fluttering inside your belly. You may also notice a line down your stomach, called the linea nigra (Latin for ‘black line’).
Why is my belly so big at 18 weeks pregnant?
Your 18 weeks pregnant belly is rapidly expanding—all the stretching and pressure it’s causing are what’s prompting those symptoms. Weight gain at 18 weeks pregnant is recommended to be about 1 to 2 pounds per week for women of normal BMI, whether you’re having one baby or you’re 18 weeks pregnant with twins.
Can I hurt my baby by pressing on my stomach?
Not much can beat the feeling of a toddler running to you for a big hug. And, for most patients, the force of a 20- to 40-pound child bumping your belly is not enough to harm the baby.
Which side of the stomach does the baby stay?
Some doctors specifically recommend that pregnant women sleep on the left side. Because your liver is on the right side of your abdomen, lying on your left side helps keep the uterus off that large organ.
Is it normal to not feel anything at 18 weeks pregnant?
A: Not feeling your baby move at 18 weeks is completely normal. Certain factors make not feeling movement more likely — such as a placenta that is on the anterior surface of the uterus, making the baby essentially have to kick through a pillow; first pregnancies; and fetal position.
How likely is a miscarriage at 18 weeks?
The first trimester is associated with the highest risk for miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur in the first trimester before the 12th week of pregnancy. A miscarriage in the second trimester (between 13 and 19 weeks) happens in 1% to 5% of pregnancies.
How much should you feel a baby move at 18 weeks?
Most women first feel their little one’s movements between 16 and 20 weeks. Your baby is still small, so at around 18 weeks pregnant, it’ll be more of a gentle flutter than a forceful kick in your belly.
How can I make my baby move at 18 weeks?
8 Tricks for Getting Your Baby to Move in Utero
- Have a snack.
- Do some jumping jacks, then sit down.
- Gently poke or jiggle your baby bump.
- Shine a flashlight on your tummy.
- LEARN MORE: Fetal Movement During Pregnancy and How to Do a Kick Count.
- Lie down.
- Talk to baby.
- Do something that makes you nervous (within reason).
How do you know if your baby is alive inside you?
Symptoms are things you feel yourself that others can’t see, like having a sore throat or feeling dizzy. The most common symptom of stillbirth is when you stop feeling your baby moving and kicking. Others include cramps, pain or bleeding from the vagina.