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19 weeks pregnant

Green love

If a fun day of shopping includes visiting your favorite home store and filling your cart with potting soil and flats of blooming plants and herbs, then chances are you’re one of the many people who enjoy gardening as a hobby. But if you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, does your green thumb need to go dormant until after baby arrives?

Find out: How safe is gardening during pregnancy?

In the garden


Yeastie beasties?

All those pregnancy hormones support a marvelous system that is growing your baby, but they also can make you more prone to yeast infections. If you notice that telltale itching in your nether regions, see your healthcare provider -- even if you feel certain it's a yeast infection. Treating these annoying infections can take longer during pregnancy and may require more aggressive (yet careful) therapy than topical treatments like creams and suppositories can offer.

Step right up and don't be shy! You can get answers to all kinds of embarrassing questions you'd never want to actually ask someone: Embarrassing questions about 'down there'.


In the know

Ultrasound

First ultrasound examinations (sonograms) are often carried out between 18 and 22 weeks. Not all women need these exams, although many physicians consider them routine.

The room is often dimmed (which is nice and relaxing, though is done to make it easier for the tech to see the screen) and the you're lying back on a table. It typically takes 15 to 30 minutes for the exam itself, and then usually a professional with a higher degree will come in for a few minutes at the end to confirm certain elements and answer your questions. You might be able to find out the baby's gender at this time.


Advice and support

P&B message board mama got a real surprise when she went for her first ultrasound! In her words:

"I asked, 'Is there something wrong?' The tech said, 'I didn't say there was anything bad... but there are two babies in here.' At that point, my husband and my girlfriend started laughing hysterically, and I was saying, 'No there aren't! You're lying, right?' I was shocked. The tech pointed out both babies on the monitor. I really don't think it sunk in for awhile -- I was just numb. I was excited, but scared to death. That night, my husband and I didn't sleep -- we were running off pure adrenaline."

Meet other expectant moms on the Pregnancy & Baby message boards!