19 Weeks Pregnant

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5½-6 inches

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7 ounces

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Your Body

Feeling dizzy? A lot of pregnant women do at this stage -- and while it’s really nothing to worry about, it’s not a fun thing to literally be so out of balance. At 19 weeks pregnant, you might notice dizziness most when you get up from... Read more

Your Baby

This week, permanent teeth buds will begin to form behind your little one’s baby (or milk) teeth buds, and his reproductive organs are continuing to develop rapidly. If you’re having a girl, her uterus may now be clearly visible on an... Read more

Your Life Right Now

If you’re interested in taking a childbirth class, now’s the time to start looking into them. Most hospitals offer them, and while it’s a good idea to go with one taught where you’re planning to deliver (because you’ll... Read more

Moms Like Me / I Wish I Had Known

"I think the biggest lesson learned from baby #1 to #2 was how much you don’t need. You need your carseat, something to sleep in, boobs or bottles, diapers and clothes. Three-quarters of the stuff we got ended up going to... Read more

19 Weeks Pregnant: Your Body

Feeling dizzy? A lot of pregnant women do at this stage -- and while it’s really nothing to worry about, it’s not a fun thing to literally be so out of balance. At 19 weeks pregnant, you might notice dizziness most when you get up from sitting or lying down (you know, that head-rushy feeling), and for that, there’s an easy remedy: Just take it more slowly. This will give your body a few extra seconds to adjust, so that gravity doesn’t cause blood to rush out of your brain from rising too rapidly -- and make you feel woozy, as a result. Low blood sugar can also contribute to lightheadedness, so be sure to keep eating small, frequent meals (no skipping!). And make a habit of popping a piece of fruit, a little baggie of cereal, or some nuts in your bag in the morning so you won’t find yourself stuck without something to eat on a crazy run-around day. If the dizziness is severe, of course, check in with your health care provider to rule out any other problems, like anemia or diabetes.

19 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby

This week, permanent teeth buds will begin to form behind your little one’s baby (or milk) teeth buds, and his reproductive organs are continuing to develop rapidly. If you’re having a girl, her uterus may now be clearly visible on an ultrasound. Having a boy? The testes may be apparent and his penis easily identifiable. So if you haven’t found out the sex -- and don’t want to know until D-day -- be sure to let your doctor or ultrasound technician know, and ask her to tell you when to look away during a screening. You may not be a pro at reading an ultrasound, but some things (especially in the case of a baby boy) you just can’t miss. Also in the works: The baby’s skin will become covered with a white cheese-like coating called vernix caseosa. It clings to the tiny lanugo hairs and forms a protective barrier, keeping your kiddo’s delicate skin from getting chapped or scratched as he moves around.

Your Life Right Now

If you’re interested in taking a childbirth class, now’s the time to start looking into them. Most hospitals offer them, and while it’s a good idea to go with one taught where you’re planning to deliver (because you’ll get to know the maternity ward and some of the staff, as well) it’s not a must. Even if you’re all about the epidural, and don’t feel like you need to learn that hoo hoo-hee hee breathing stuff, a childbirth class can give you a little more insight into what to expect, how to time contractions, when to head for the hospital and all kinds of tips and tricks for what to do when baby actually arrives. And consider your partner, too. Many moms say that, in the end, the class was more helpful for him -- in terms of easing hubby’s anxiety about what will happen during labor and delivery, and letting him know how he can help. A lot of hospitals also offer baby care classes, where you learn how to do things like diaper, bathe and swaddle your newborn. Super helpful -- and a major confidence booster -- especially if you haven’t changed a diaper since your babysitting days.

Moms Like Me / I Wish I Had Known

"I think the biggest lesson learned from baby #1 to #2 was how much you don’t need. You need your carseat, something to sleep in, boobs or bottles, diapers and clothes. Three-quarters of the stuff we got ended up going to Goodwill." --almaha468

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