Pregnancy week 18

Pregnancy calendar: week 18 of being pregnant - A dark line, which goes from your navel to your pubic bone, called the linea nigra, may appear at this time.

Your heart is working 40 to 50 per cent harder than normal. You may be feeling your baby more by now, but many women don't feel anything until as late as 22 weeks. A dark line, which goes from your navel to your pubic bone, called the linea nigra, may appear at this time.

Your baby

Your baby can pull complex facial expressions such as yawn and pull faces and can even frown. Your baby's bones are forming rapidly, adults have around 212 bones but foetuses have more as they fuse together later in life. Your baby will be able to grasp his or her hands, touch the cord, and suck his or her fingers and thumb. Fingers, arms and legs can all be flexed.

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I have lower back pain at nite. Can i take any pain killer ?
by Ebiokodo 20th Jun 2013, 3:17pm
hi all im now 18 weeks i have not felt any fluttering or movments at all this is my second child
by amandajohnsimon 6th Jul 2011, 9:05am
This is my 2nd child and I'm 18+3 days i have my 20 week scan on the 21.1.11 and we cant wait to find out the sex :) this pregnancy i have been pretty ill for last 3 weeks so hoping it gets better and can enjoy it atm im just hoping its over soon but its all worth it at the end.. I have been feeling fluttering for a while now but nothing much not felt no kicks yet thought witch i cant wait for xx
by shortie2k10 2nd Feb 2011, 8:44am
This is my first child and I'm in my 18th week, i have my 20 week scan on the 27th oct and im so excited im debating weather to find out or not..what do you think?? i know people say have a surprise on your first but im split both ways!
by clarem87 14th Oct 2010, 9:15am
Hi. I'm 18 weeks today with my first pregnancy and carrying twins. We feel very blessed but I'm struggling with back ache, leg ache & groin pains!!!! the two tubs inside must be growing rapidly as I've doubled in size over the weekend. My mates are going to start measuring my belly as they can't believe the daily changes!!!

I felt my first kick at week 14 and saw one of them kick out at 16 weeks. That was amazing (although slightly alien!!!!!!) I can't wait to see them next week at the scan and see how much they've grown. We may also find out if we are having a boy and a girl. If they're the same sex, we've decided not to find out which. Tough decision that one!
Good luck to you all!

Special times.
by Twintub 15th Sep 2010, 9:22am
Hi Girls (& Guys)
Im at 18 weeks 2 days and have had lots of flutters, they make me laugh, it almost tickles from the inside. Just like when you go over a hill in the car and your belly goes funny. Have a couple of prods in the morning from the little one, very weird at first but I cant wait for the next one.
Good luck everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Snook 11th Aug 2010, 5:36pm
Hey, im 18 weeks and four days pregnant with my 1st child. I have my 20 week scan on 17-05-10 and cant wait! I haven't felt baby move yet but also cant wait until i do. I get quite tire durin the day as im quite active on my feet, im eatin well and am happy that my baby is healthy. xx
by Andrea21 18th May 2010, 5:34pm
hello guys congratulation to all...
im on my 18 weeks and 2 days of my pregnancy...well my baby is very active and witty already...
im always talking to her and she always response with kick or jerky moves lol...
everytime im talking to her she seems so happy and kindda like it much..well as they say talking to your baby in the tummy makes him / her become smart...thats why i always do it..another 12 days to go for my next ultra sounds to check aout my babies gender im so excited....
by Alienna 14th May 2010, 5:28pm
hi im 18 weeks and 5 days, i pretty sure i have felt movements like a fluttery feeling. this is my pregnancy after a miscarage but i am barely even showing is that normal ??? thanks x
by Thomson123 14th May 2010, 5:24pm
hi, i have been feeling little gas like bubbles and am almost positive i just felt a little kick! i am 18 weeks 4 days! anyone else experience the same thing? x
by excitedemma 14th May 2010, 5:23pm
Hi, im 18 weeks pregnant with my second child and cant feel him move atall. my first i felt at 15 weeks as she was a big baby, is it normal for me not to feelthis one? any comments will help xx
by Jade1ollie 10th Feb 2010, 4:58am
Hiya Laylajane1...I've been having the same so I carry food with me everywhere! I have a variety pack of cereal next to my desk at work. I've found that if I eat fruit I can eat meals at proper times. If my belly is empty then I don't want food at all!!
by Ninsx 3rd Feb 2010, 9:49am
@ padmakkk... Im exactly the same im hungry but miss getting somthing to eat and then by dinner time im not hungry and heave at my food. Im scared this is affecting my baby. so if you get any advice please pass this info on to me thanks x laylajane1
by Laylajane1 11th Jan 2010, 3:10pm
I dont eat a lot n suddenly i will get hungry n i dont get food at time n kill my hunger...i was concern if my baby also stays hungry.
Also i dont eat enough fruits will that effect my baby's complexion
by padmakkk 7th Jul 2009, 10:04am
I am 18 weeks today with my first pregnancy, Im so excited i just cant wait for the little one arrive. I have my 20 week scan on 16th June looking forward to seeing baby again and finding out if it's a Boy or a Girl cant wait to start buy pinks or blues instead of whites and creams. I have felt baby move not all the time and not every day mostly at night when im laying down and relaxing. My boyfriend puts his ear to my tummy and he can hear the baby moving. Im just stressing about the birth now not looking forward to that.
by lindsey121 8th Jun 2009, 9:40am
DebjaniBanerjee and anyone with symptoms like hers.....:-)

I am on my 3rd pregnancy, I am still not sure if I am feeling the baby or not. My OB said that if you have morning sickness there is a better chance of the pregnancy being healthy. :-) However if you don't have any sickness it doesn't mean there is anything at all wrong. I would say with you urination you maybe dehydrated or it's your prenatals. Mine state on the side of the bottle it may cause color change in you urine or bm.

Good luck it's been a while I see I am sure you are feeling the baby alot now!!!!
by MichiganMandy 19th May 2009, 11:58am
Hi ... i am 18 weks but not feeling anything ! I feel very uncomfortable while sleeping and cannot understand which side to lie to get comfort . Moreover , I detest food and feel vomiting and puking . My urination is deep yellow in colour . Can anyone suggest what i should do .. n hw much water should i intake at this stage .
by DebjaniBanerjee 24th Mar 2009, 9:09am
Hi im 18 weeks on Saturday. This is my first baby. I keep getting this constant pain in my back if i slouch and dont sit upright. I dont know how i am going to last another 5 months! All my pregnancy symptoms have gone and i dont feel pregnant until i look down and see my little bump. Im so excited to find out the sex in 2 weeks time. I havnt felt the baby move yet but i know the feeling will come soon. We bought our moses basket at the weekend, it soooo exciting. Im looking forward to the sleepless nights.
by sblack3011 19th Feb 2009, 10:13am
hi! according to my doctor, i turned 18 weeks on wednesday. but according to this site, i am already in my 19th week. i'm not sure if i've felt flutters/ flickers, or if it's just gas, because i have been getting a lot of gas. and a lot of back pains too. i'm positive i haven't felt it kick yet, and i'm very excited and can't wait until it does.. congratulations to everyone and i hope everything goes well with all of you!
by chelz 17th Feb 2009, 9:42am
Hi im 18 weeks with my first baby next wk.When i was at work this week, i felt like flutters in my tummy. It was wierd. I don't get them all day, just time to time. Im abit worried as i have not felt anything for the last day or so. I was expecting the flutters to happen all through the day. Im also worried about childbirth. Should I worry?
by pranab 17th Feb 2009, 9:42am
Hello everyone. I'm 18 weeks now and this is my third baby. I felt my baby move about 6 weeks - the same as I did for my second child. Last night I felt it kick against my husbands hand although he said he couldn't feel anything (but he was watching Top Gear at the time)
by Lyra 17th Feb 2009, 9:42am
Hi, this is my first pregnancy and I felt my baby move for the first time this week too very faint flickers of movement, I thought that I felt it when I put my hand there but I'm not too sure now - I defo felt it inside though. My husband has not been able to feel anything yet but I am hoping that the movements get stronger and baby starts to kick soon so that I can share it with hubby and everyone!! xxx :)
by LayJae 21st Jan 2009, 5:27pm
This is my first pregnancy and I really cannot wait until labour. I have felt little flickers but not defiant kicks or prods, Im sure i did yesterday but im so unsure of what kicks actually feel like. I have been having really bad backache and my breast have gone from 36dd to 36ee. Can anyone tell me what to expect with regards to feeling kicks? Gail 18.
by gailanne1990 15th Jan 2009, 5:33pm
i was worried i could not feel baby move but now i have read about 18 weeks my mind has been set at rest
by moonbeam2009 9th Jan 2009, 9:16am
I turned 18 weeks yesterday, I can feel it moving around now, and I swear I felt it kick yesterday, cause i felt like a weird movement and when I put my hand to my stomach it did it again =]
by VickiDoodDah 8th Jan 2009, 9:36am
Hey all!! I am 18 weeks pregnant tomorrow with my 2nd child. I have felt movement since 15 weeks and 2 days ago it turned into kicks rather than 'fluttering'. Babys daddy can also fell the little 1 kicking his hand which is rather special. I felt my first child round the same time to.
by lozzysmummy 3rd Dec 2008, 8:01am
second pregnancy,18weeks,have not felt anything yet,but not worried,i know it will come latest at 22weeks
by ayomide 2nd Dec 2008, 8:57am
im 18 weeks tomorrow and have been feeling it for about 2/3weeks now. i only realised what it felt like when i saw my belly poke out a bit then a few days leter the other side was higher and i could feel a pressing feeling. im sure it will come soon for you, this is my first!
by babyellis 17th Nov 2008, 8:51am
i'm 18 weeks && have felt it kick (: the best way to describe it is as it feels like something is actually kicking which i thought was amazin as i didnt think you would be able to feel it that well !!! (:
by mikaela 13th Nov 2008, 9:32am
This is my second pregnancy and I have felt this little one for a few weeks now and I am 15 weeks pregnant. I am posting this because with my first I did not feel anything until at least 20 weeks. I remember my 20 week scan and the baby was kicking and only then did I realise what the feeling was. It certainly did not feel like butterflies like it says. Dont worry about it, once you have felt it you will notice it more and more. Most people with first babies do not feel it until at least 20 weeks and then it is only a slight feeling and not a big kicking feeling. I can only describe it if you have wind bubbles in your belly and they pop but only very slightly.
by Littlemisstrouble 1st Oct 2008, 9:12am
This is my first and I am in the 18th week 2 and i havent felt anything yet. Its worried me 2. But aparently it can sometimes take upto 22nd week to feel anything. Im hoping it happens soon.
by Vikki21 29th Sep 2008, 5:36pm
I'm 18 weeks and I cant feel anything. I've asked other women whose the same weeks as i am and they all are feeling flutters. Is this normal or do i need to contact my physician?
by meke 4th Sep 2008, 8:44am