Week 18 - Ultrasounds

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Hello. This is Dr. Mauldin. You are now 18 weeks pregnant. Congratulations! Your baby weighs about ½ a pound.

Its nervous system is starting to work. As you might see on an ultrasound, your baby could be stretching and yawning or even sucking its thumb!  You’ll soon be able to feel the baby’s movement. If this is your first pregnancy, you may not feel the baby’s movement until 20 or even 22 weeks. But if you’ve had a baby before, you might be feeling your baby move now! Isn’t this exciting? At this point in the pregnancy, the baby’s movement will be a fluttering feeling and you’ll probably only feel it once or twice a day.

During your 20 week ultrasound, the sonographer may also be able to tell you whether the baby is a boy or a girl. That sure will be exciting! But to be quite honest, look forward to the ultrasound for the opportunity to rule out major birth defects. Level II ultrasounds at MUSC can exclude nearly all the possible birth defects of the head and spine and over ¾ of all the possible heart defects.

I hope you are doing well. I’ll talk to you next week.

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