Your baby this week
19 weeks pregnant

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Petite maternity

A reader asks: "I'm a size 12, but am only five feet tall. Are there maternity clothes out there for me? It seems that many of the 'petite' sizes are only for sizes 2 to 4."

Our expert answers: "Fortunately, many maternity companies have expanded their lines to address the demands for petite sizes. A true petite size range includes all the numbered sizes you would find in missy sizes, but are cut to fit those 5'4" and under."

Read the rest of her answer here...


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Time for school

This week, you should contact your healthcare provider or birthing facility about childbirth preparation classes, which you will begin in two to three months. It may seem early, but classes fill up quickly!

Click here for more information from a childbirth educator on why you may want a coach for your labor.


GuavaA fabulous fruit

Guava -- on the off chance you don't know it -- is a sweet, pink tropical fruit that is not only rich in tropical taste, but also in vitamins A and C (one variety has four times as much vitamin C as an orange!), potassium and magnesium. Some varieties have extremely high levels of antioxidants.

Guava is lovely fresh, but it's also terrific as a juice, or processed into syrups, jams, jellies, or even tea.

Go ga-ga for guava -- here's how! 


Ask the expert

How accurate are sonograms, anyway? The person doing your ultrasound is the only person who can accurately answer this question specifically for you. However, it should be very accurate (close to 100 percent).

The best time to determine gender is around 20 weeks gestation. By 20 weeks the fetus is big enough to see the anatomy clearly, yet small enough to move around within the uterus to allow a clear view between the legs.

There are a host of factors that come in to play when trying to determine gender by ultrasound. The amount of amniotic fluid around the baby, the position of the baby and the thickness of the maternal abdominal wall all play an important role. Gender is determined by simply looking between the baby's legs. So, how accurate the determination is really depends on how well the sonographer can see between the baby's legs. Read the rest of the details here.


In the know

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is a private, voluntary, nonprofit organization of women's healthcare professionals. The ACOG has more than 37,000 physician members. For more information, visit their website at acog.com.