The uterus is normally pretty small and hangs out deep in your pelvis. It doesn’t typically stretch up and out of there until about your 12th week of pregnancy (slightly earlier if you’re carrying twins or other multiples). By about midpregnancy (18 to 20 weeks), your uterus should be as high as your belly button.
How often should you feel the baby move at 18 weeks?
There is no right amount of movement you should feel at 18 weeks, since a number of factors influence when you first feel your baby move. Moms who have already had a baby tend to notice fetal activity earlier because they have experience recognizing a baby’s first subtle movements.
If you are headed into your 16th week, your uterus is weighing about 8 3/4 ounces and is about 3 inches below your belly button or you may be closer to the half way point (20 weeks) and you will find your uterus at your belly button.
Your uterus is below your pelvic bones, so you can’t feel it from the outside yet. As it continues to expand, though, it will grow upward from your pelvis and press against your abdomen from the inside, displacing your intestines and your stomach.
As you can see, it is not attached to anything in the body. The belly button is where the umbilical cord attaches to the fetus, connecting the developing baby to the placenta.
What are signs you’re having a boy?
It’s a boy if:
- You didn’t experience morning sickness in early pregnancy.
- Your baby’s heart rate is less than 140 beats per minute.
- You are carrying the extra weight out front.
- Your belly looks like a basketball.
- Your areolas have darkened considerably.
- You are carrying low.
- You are craving salty or sour foods.
What should I be feeling at 18 weeks pregnant?
Share on Pinterest Your pregnancy may be starting to show at 18 weeks. One of the most noticeable symptoms at this stage of pregnancy is a feeling of dizziness and lightheadedness on standing up too quickly. The uterus can push against an artery and slow the flow of blood.
How can I wake my baby up in the womb?
Some moms report that a short burst of exercise (like jogging in place) is enough to wake up their baby in the womb. Shine a flashlight on your tummy. Towards the middle of the second trimester, your baby may be able to tell the difference between light and dark; a moving light source may interest them.