Week 18enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P_PregCal_Wk18_enHD.jpgYour baby's bones had been developing but were still soft. This week, they begin to harden, or ossify.developing baby, fetus, pregnancy, pregnancy calendar, placenta, amniotic03/09/200108/06/201808/06/201873c05da1-946a-4eaa-9b35-2d8ec50d4af2https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/week18.html/<h3>Your Baby's Development</h3> <p>Ears move to their final position and they stand out from the head. And start brushing up on your lullabies &mdash; in the coming weeks, your baby will probably be able to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sensenewborn.html/">hear</a>! The bones of the middle ear and the nerve endings from the brain are developing so that your baby will hear sounds such as your heartbeat and blood moving through the umbilical cord. He or she may even be startled by loud noises!</p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/babyslideshow.html/"><img class="right" title="Watch Your Baby Grow" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/promos/PregCal-BabyGrow-enPR.jpg" alt="Watch Your Baby Grow" /></a>Your baby's eyes are also developing &mdash; they're now facing forward rather than to the sides, and the retinas may be able to detect the beam of a flashlight if you hold it to your abdomen.</p> <p>Until now, your baby's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bones-muscles-joints.html/">bones</a> had been developing but were still soft. This week, they begin to harden, or ossify. Some of the first bones to ossify are those in the clavicles and the legs.</p> <p><img class="left" title="Week 18" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/galleries/PregCal-Week18-enGL.jpg" alt="Week 18" /></p> <h3>Your Body</h3> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/momandbaby-slideshow.html/"><img class="right" title="" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/PregnancySlideshow-Belly-enBT-1.png" alt="Watch your belly grow!" /></a>You're probably beginning to prepare for <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bringing-baby-home.html/">life with baby</a>. This is a good week to begin your search for a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/find-ped.html/">pediatrician</a> or other health care provider for your child. Schedule visits to meet with potential doctors to discuss issues such as appointment availability and when to call in an emergency.</p> <p>You'll also want to learn as much as you can about their practices and procedures.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1em;">Some good questions to ask: How many health care providers are in the practice? Who covers nights and weekends? What is their policy on phone calls? Which hospitals are they affiliated with? What insurance do they accept? What specialists do they work with? How are emergencies handled?</span></p> <p>It's important that you feel comfortable with your child's doctor, so do your homework and make your decision carefully.</p> <p> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/pregnancy-calendar/kh-pregnancy-calendar-final.js" type="text/javascript"></script> </p> <div class="kh-pregnancy-calendar"> <div class="kh-pregnancy-calendar-topbar">PREGNANCY CALENDAR: <strong>A week-by-week guide</strong></div> <div class="kh-pregnancy-calendar-inner-container"> <div class="kh-pregnancy-calendar-topnav"><!-- ensure that the week value for Previous is 1 less than khPregnancyDay and that next is 1 more e.g. for week 3, Previous will be week 2 and Next will be week 4 --> <div class="kh-pregnancy-calendar-prev-active"><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/week17.html/">Previous</a></div> <div class="kh-pregnancy-calendar-next-active"><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/week19.html/">Next</a></div> 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