Between 18-22 weeks, your doctor will perform a sonogram to make sure everything is okay with you and your baby. You also should be able to find out what you are having! At week 19, baby weighs close to 7 ounces, is about 6 inches long, and is growing rapidly with each passing day! Her overall look is developed, too, so if you have a 3D sonogram you may be able to see who she looks like! Her senses are developing at an amazing rate, too. Experts recommend that you sing, talk and read to your baby because she can hear you. She’ll be comforted by your voice once she’s born if she learns to recognize it and associate it with comfort in utero.
Now that you are well into your 2nd trimester, you should be cautious about fever. Though your body temperature will be hotter than usual because of hormone changes, if you run a temperature of over 101° you should get it checked out, especially if you have flu-like symptoms. If you don’t have any other symptoms you should still check it out because it can be a sign of an underlying infection. Chances are the fever will not cause fetal damage but you should do everything you can to bring it down fast, like taking Tylenol (check with your doctor) or taking a bath.
In response to the question, “Is it okay to swim during pregnancy?” – Felicity N. from New Hampshire
Definitely! Swimming is one of the best pregnancy exercises. It works out all muscles of your body without putting too much strain. The injury risk is low and you won’t get overheated. You also won’t get that exhausted feeling that you might get with other exercises, and you’re off your feet! As long as your doctor okay’s exercising, swimming is the best form that can be done all through pregnancy. Try to avoid swallowing pool water though as it contains germs.
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