19 Weeks Pregnant

Here's what's happening during Week 19 of your pregnancy.

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Your Growing Baby:

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces, and measures about 6 inches long.

If the baby is a girl, early ovaries contain follicles with forming eggs. Soon, half of the genetic material for your potential future grandchildren will be formed. Pictures of babies at this age show them touching the membrane of the amniotic sac, touching their own faces, reaching for the umbilical cord, pedaling their legs, and sucking their thumbs.

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Your Growing Belly:

You may be popping out all over, with bigger breasts and a bulge above your pelvis. You may experience back pain as the weight of your uterus makes your back work harder to keep you upright.

Make sure your diet contains plenty of B vitamins and good fats to support your baby's developing brain cells. You may find that you can't stop worrying that something will go wrong with your pregnancy. As normal as worrying is, if you feel like it's taking over your emotional life, then it may be time to pinpoint your worries, examine how likely they are to be true, and consider what you might do if they were.

Tips & To-Do's:

What's Normal, What's Not (and when to call your OB)

Few women pass through pregnancy without an anxiety-producing incident (or more) like this along the way. Fortunately, most go on to have normal pregnancies and healthy babies.  Common pregnancy symptoms like spotting and contractions can be harmless or signs of trouble. Here's how to tell the difference.

Things to think about this week

The X factor in the sex equation is the relationship between your changing moods and your changing body: Just as every woman's pregnancy is unique, so is every pregnant woman's sex drive. If your spirit is willing but fears or misinformation are holding you back, this advice can help you relax.

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