Pregnancy week 18: heartbeat

May 16, 2014

An update at 18 weeks pregnant…what can you expect from this point in the second trimester and what pregnancy signs, symptoms and feelings will you be experiencing?

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This week at 18 weeks pregnant I heard the baby’s heartbeat for the first time since the scan, which is always lovely, isn’t it?

What wasn’t so lovely was when the midwife couldn’t actually find the heartbeat. Proper heart-topping stuff. But it turned out she could hear the baby move all along, it’s just that they were moving too much for her to get a proper trace. A horrible half a minute, though.

All fine at 18 weeks pregnant, but turns out we are just (!) having another super-active baby, who is either slightly doppler-shy or pretty mischievous.

And apparently I have a ‘lovely and thick sounding placenta.’ Which is what every women wants, surely?

18 weeks pregnant - an update on pregnancy signs and symptoms and everything you might expect

We don’t find out the sex out for a week or so, and only then will my husband finally talk baby names. But if the speed of the heart beat is anything to go by – an old wives tale, but it was true with Eliza and according to my friend’s midwife mum – then I know what we’re having. Although as I was convinced Eliza was a boy, I don’t really have the greatest of track records on these things.

This was my 18 weeks pregnant update…you can also read me series of pregnancy updates so far, read my pregnancy updates at week 17, week 16, week 15, week 14, and an update on what to expect from the first trimester

9 Comments

  • Shirley

    May 16, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Sounds like another little live wire for you to run around after. You are nearly half way there and you don’t even look pregnant, is this usual or are you just lucky?

  • Gabi

    May 16, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I don’t have babies and am not even close to it but I love reading your baby blog!

    1. gillian

      June 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you my lovely! You always have one over here if you want to borrow her for a few hours ūüėČ x

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    I totally missed that you are pregnant! Congratulations!!
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