Pregnancy Week 18

Your baby is now at 15 weeks gestation and is about 5 inches long from crown to rump (6 1/4 inches head to toe) and weighs about 4 or 5 ounces. Your baby may be sucking his thumb and swallowing small amounts of amniotic fluid about now.

Advice for Mom

You may notice your breasts enlarging — many women have an increase of one or two cup sizes. A good support bra is a wonderful investment now. Keep in mind though that your breasts and rib cage may change even more.

You should be scheduled for an ultrasound within the next few week. Ask if you can bring a video tape to tape it! Imagine showing those home movies!

Now is also good time to take a tour of the birthing center or hospital. Ask about labor routines, visiting restrictions and rooming in.

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