Pregnancy Diary – 18 Weeks

I know I promised last week a big gender reveal this week, but unfortunately when we got to our appointment, my doctor made the decision that she didn’t think it wise for HER to do my anatomy scan. Instead, she has referred me to a high risk specialist, and I will (hopefully!) be getting to find out NEXT week sometime.

I’ll admit I was bitterly disappointed with the visit. Being put into that high risk category AGAIN is highly frustrating. Not getting to see our baby was frustrating. Having the doctor look over my log book for blood sugar and deciding they are too high is frustrating. But that’s how it goes, I guess.

The good news is that she used the doppler, and we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. It was rocking steady at 161 bpm. I am pleased, as at least it gave me a small bit of comfort at an otherwise disappointing visit. And hey – I only had/have to wait an additional eight days to see the baby, which isn’t bad. Especially considering I’ll still be under 19 weeks when they do it, which means it’s still earlier than the 20 weeks I was expecting.

So let’s play a game, shall we? In an effort to make myself feel better about it all, I have been looking up all the old wives’ tales surrounding gender, as well as doing various online gender predictors. So I figured we could have a guess as to what it’s going to be. I’ve already said that Mark is more than 100% convinced it’s a girl. So let’s see what the internet thinks!

#1 Gender Based on Baby’s Heartbeat

The theory states that if your baby’s heart rate was 140 beats per minute and above, you would be having a girl. If the heart rate was under 140 beats per minute, then you would be having a boy.

RESULT: GIRL! 161 bpm would mean it’s a girl based on this predictor.

#2 Gender Based on Morning Sickness

The theory is simply based on the fact that I had no morning sickness with Dexter, and all of my mother friends say they only had it with girls.

RESULT: GIRL! I had some terrible morning sickness during this pregnancy – a complete turn around from the first time when I had a boy.

#3 Gender Based on Shettles Method

The theory is very convoluted but is basically based on the WAY the baby is conceived. For a girl, it must be missionary position, shallow penetration and no orgasm. For a boy, it will be the exact opposite.  Studies are saying that this is actually a VERY accurate way of predicting gender with over 3/4 success rate.

RESULT: BOY! I’ll leave it at that. 😉

#4 Gender Based on the Chinese Gender Predictor Chart

The theory here is straightforward. Find your Chinese Age and the Lunar Month and the point where they cross on the chart will reveal the gender of your baby.

RESULT: GIRL! Though I’ll be honest and say that according to this theory, Dexter was to be a girl, as well…

#5 Gender Based on The Old Wives Tales Gender Predictor

The theory here is to take a 15 question quiz which is totally based on 15 old wives tales. At the end, it predicts your percentage chance of girl vs boy.

RESULT: GIRL! Strangely after the first five questions, I was 60% boy. The same after the second five questions. But the final five must have swung the boat heavily, as I wound up with 60% chance of a girl!

So there you have it. Fun ways to predict the baby’s gender. So will we be welcoming a little girl into the world in a few months? Or are we to be blessed with another little boy? I’ll hopefully be able to answer that next week!

Anyway, here’s this week’s highly anticipated (HA!) bump photo. Enjoy!

18 weeks pregnant

For comparison purposes, here is my 18 week photo from the first pregnancy:

18 weeks pregnant

I’m not going to bother going through the physical and emotional effects this week, as really they are the same as they have been the last two weeks. I’m MOODY and TEARY and basically just PREGNANT.

Though I will add one physical symptom that has been ongoing but has kicked into high gear this week – My BOOBS are REALLY sore! And REALLY huge!

I wonder if that means it’s a girl, too!?

So thoughts on a post card – is it a girl or boy? Help me feel better and have a guess!

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

26 Responses

  1. What an interesting post! I think after that I’m going to plump for girl. Here’s another old wives tale for you…if body hair stops growing or slows down, it’s more likely to be a boy. So if you’re yeti like..girl..if you’re still relatively smooth…boy!

  2. What an interesting post! I think after that I’m going to plump for girl. Here’s another old wives tale for you…if body hair stops growing or slows down, it’s more likely to be a boy. So if you’re yeti like..girl..if you’re still relatively smooth…boy!

    1. Oooh, this is getting exciting! Lots of votes for girl, and I love that your pregnancies were the same but for those two things. I’ve had my doubts as to it being a girl, but everyone seems to be agreed on a pink bump! 🙂

    1. Oooh, this is getting exciting! Lots of votes for girl, and I love that your pregnancies were the same but for those two things. I’ve had my doubts as to it being a girl, but everyone seems to be agreed on a pink bump! 🙂

  3. I have to be honest and say that my first thoughts were boy. I had absolutely no morning sickness at all with Grace and was convinced if it was a boy I would be sick as a dog so based these thoughts toward you. But just by looking at your photo, you are shaping up to look like I did when I was pregnant with Grace. Another wives tale is that if you are big all over including boobs and the bump is spread round your hips (I was absolutely humongous, which you certainly are not!) then its a girl. If you are carrying a boy, then the only show is out in front. So, looking at your photo this time in comparsion to last then I am in the pink camp too! 🙂

    1. I am definitely bigger all over this time around, and I would not be surprised at all if it is a girl. The only thing that gives me pause is that 1/ Mark has 5 brothers, 2/ I have 3 brothers and 3/ Dexter keeps saying it’s a boy. Lol. But the differences with morning sickness make me really think it could be a girl. Last time I knew it was a boy from the beginning, but this time I have no certainties! 🙂

  4. I have to be honest and say that my first thoughts were boy. I had absolutely no morning sickness at all with Grace and was convinced if it was a boy I would be sick as a dog so based these thoughts toward you. But just by looking at your photo, you are shaping up to look like I did when I was pregnant with Grace. Another wives tale is that if you are big all over including boobs and the bump is spread round your hips (I was absolutely humongous, which you certainly are not!) then its a girl. If you are carrying a boy, then the only show is out in front. So, looking at your photo this time in comparsion to last then I am in the pink camp too! 🙂

    1. I am definitely bigger all over this time around, and I would not be surprised at all if it is a girl. The only thing that gives me pause is that 1/ Mark has 5 brothers, 2/ I have 3 brothers and 3/ Dexter keeps saying it’s a boy. Lol. But the differences with morning sickness make me really think it could be a girl. Last time I knew it was a boy from the beginning, but this time I have no certainties! 🙂

  5. Great post!

    Pregnancy is an exciting time of many changes in a woman’s life. But for most women, along with the wonderful baby-waiting experiences, morning sickness often comes uninvited — worst thing.

  6. Great post!

    Pregnancy is an exciting time of many changes in a woman’s life. But for most women, along with the wonderful baby-waiting experiences, morning sickness often comes uninvited — worst thing.

  7. Great post!

    Pregnancy is an exciting time of many changes in a woman’s life. But for most women, along with the wonderful baby-waiting experiences, morning sickness often comes uninvited — worst thing.

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