Your baby this week
19 weeks pregnant

Belly pops

Belly buttons sometimes do strange things during your pregnancy! Moms on the P&B message boards had this to say:

Belly button popped

Jennifer asks, "Is anyone getting to the point where your belly button looks like it will pop? I noticed the past few nights, mine is sticking out and I could pop it with a pin. I feel so much bigger at night. It is amazing what happens to our bodies. My kids think it is so funny that my belly button pops out like that!"

And Elyse says, "Not quite yet, but it's trying really hard! It's completely flat, and there's a little lip at the top that is sticking out. My husband is totally grossed out! I guess he'll have to get over it, because he's got three and a half more months, and it will only pop out farther!"

Read more of what real moms had to say about their expanding pregnant bellies right here!


Make a note

Give some thought to your gift list. It might seem early, but there are probably a lot of people -- from family members to coworkers to neighbors to friends -- who will want to get you a gift before or after the baby arrives, and want to make sure they're not buying you something you don't need.

Make it easy on them, and register (Target and Toys R Us both have baby registries), or give a willing friend a wish list and designate her the registrar.

Get lots more baby registry ideas and advice here:


Don't bug out

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If you have bugs on or around you -- whether it’s ants looking for a picnic to crash or mosquitoes wanting to go all Twilight on you -- can you still whip out a can of bug spray to get rid of them? How unsafe is basic insect repellent, anyhow?

First, you have to remember that many bug bites are more than simple annoyances: Insects can carry a variety of diseases, including West Nile Virus, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. On the other hand, it's also known that most pesticides are chemical poisons -- and the less exposure you have, the better.

Read on: Can you use bug spray during pregnancy?


In the know

Around the same time you may be noticing that your facial and body hair may be darkening, hair may be beginning to appear on the baby's head. This is called lanugo. What is it for?

Lanugo is the name given to the soft, fine, downy hair that covers a newborn. It is more frequently seen in premature infants as it begins to be shed in-utero during the final month of pregnancy. Some post-term infants are born with minimal lanugo. The amount of lanugo varies, and some parents are concerned by the amount of hair covering their new infant. The hair can cover all skin except for a few specific spots. Read more here!