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Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 26)

- 7 Kinds Of Fruit That Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Eat
- How to have natural miscarriage
- Foods That Cause Miscarriage
- Signs Proving You Have Boy Pregnancy
You are 19 Weeks Exactly 147 days to go…

You’ll be getting advice from all quarters, but there’s one person you might want to listen to—your mother.

Your baby today

Your baby has highly flexible joints, enabling her to raise her arms high. This is because her bones are first made of cartilage, which is soft and flexible. Gradually, the cartilage is being replaced by calcium-containing bone.

Whether or not you’re already close to your mother, being pregnant is likely to affect your relationship with each other. Many women feel naturally closer to their mothers as they go through this significant life event, turning to them for help and reassurance during the course of pregnancy and wanting them to be there in the days and weeks following the birth of the baby.

It’s normal for a mother to respond to her daughter being pregnant by being very protective, so expect a few more phone calls than usual. Your mother is bound to offer lots of advice. Whether or not you take it all in, listen—you may just find some of it useful.

Your pregnancy is bound to trigger lots of memories for your mother of her own pregnancies, so expect to hear many stories of when you were a baby.


… Your body
Taking the strain

There are a number of changes in your body during pregnancy that impact how you can exercise and how your body moves:

  • The increased weight of your baby, placenta, extra blood, enlarged uterus, and breast tissue can cause stress on your body, and most notably on your skeleton.

  • Postural changes due to changes in the center of gravity can increase your chances of developing hip, back, and knee problems.

  • Relaxin (see Stretching safely), a pregnancy-related hormone that affects the ligaments, can increase flexibility and result in improper alignment of the spine and pelvis.

    Effective and safe exercises are the most efficient way of maintaining and improving your posture and minimizing the stress on your body (see A Safe Workout for a great second trimester workout).

    Regular exercise (especially weight bearing exercise such as walking, and using weights—see A Safe Workout) generally improves the bone density of your skeleton.

Your 20th Week

In the next few days, you might feel your baby’s movements for the first time. The little flutter can be such a tiny sensation that many women write it off as gas. But what a wonderful moment when you realize the truth! If you want to find out the sex of your baby, it could be revealed on the ultrasound scan you have this week.

NOTE

Those butterflies in your stomach may be more than just gas

You are 19 Weeks and 1 Day 146 days to go…

If you want to know whether you’re having a boy or a girl, this is the week you might be able to find out.

Your baby today

This image shows the entire baby lying within the amniotic sac. Every finger and toe, and even the lower ribs in the chest, can be seen. Although the head is still quite large, the limbs are much more in proportion with the body.

You’ll have a scan this week and may be given the opportunity to find out the sex of your baby. Identifying the gender is dependent on a number of factors, including the expertise of the sonographer, the quality of the equipment being used, the position of the baby and, specifically, of the legs, which could obstruct the genitals. Even if all of these factors are favorable and the genitals can be seen, there is an error factor, so the information given is never 100 percent accurate. You may be able to identify the genitals yourself as you’re watching the screen, so if you don’t want to know, it’s advisable to look away.

If you have an amniocentesis test and want to know the sex of your baby, it can be identified with close to 100 percent accuracy.

This 2D scan is a close-up of the baby’s profile, showing the bright frontal bone of the forehead, the nose, lips, and chin. The nasal bone appears as a bright area at the top of the bridge of the nose.


Finding out the sex of your baby

Is it a good idea to find out the sex of your baby before he (or she) is born?

Yes…

  • Being able to call your baby “he” or “she” rather than “it” or “the baby” may help you and your partner to bond with him or her.

  • Knowing the sex means you can choose a name before the big day, although bear in mind that it’s not guaranteed to suit him or her.

  • Decorating the nursery and buying baby clothes may be simpler.

No…

  • Not knowing is a huge motivator during labor and birth for many women, and the excitement of finding out right at the end can help keep you focused through all the stages of labor and delivery.

  • Remember that unless you had an amniocentesis test or CVS test (see Amniocentesis), there’s no way of knowing your baby’s sex for certain. Sonographers can (and do) get it wrong, so don’t get too attached just yet to the name you’ve chosen.

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