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19 Weeks Pregnant

At 19 weeks pregnant, your baby’s hearing is now well developed and will begin to respond to sound from as early as 18-22 weeks.
 

Your baby is also sensitive to taste and touch, and baby teeth have now formed in their gums. Additionally, your baby’s eyes are well developed, as are the eyelids.

Expert advice

You’re almost at the half-way point in your pregnancy now and although it may seem that labour and delivery are a long way away, it’s good to have a general idea of  what kind of birth plan you would like. You’re not obliged to write one, but it might help to clarify your thinking about labour and delivery and let your healthcare professionals know what your wishes are.

If you have question or concerns about giving birth, talk to our pregnancy expert Tracy Donegan.

Good fats or bad fats?

Some fat is essential for health. However, saturated fats can raise blood cholesterol and too much can contribute to heart disease. Reduce the fats in your diet by: trimming any visible fat from meat, grilling rather than frying, choosing home-made foods rather than manufactured and processed foods where you can.

Is it time to think about childcare?

Starting your childcare search might be a good idea. It may seem like a long way off, but by arming yourself with all the information you need, you will be able to plan for you and your family’s future with greater ease. Check out what options are open to you in the area that you live in. Talk to your friends and family to see what works best for them and check out your local childcare providers by logging onto their websites and arranging a visit where appropriate.

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