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Pregnancy Week 19

By Christine Shiffler, edHelperBaby

  How is your baby growing and developing?
           Your baby weighs about 7 ounces by now.  You are noticing more and more movement from your baby.  The baby's sex organs are formed.  During your ultrasound you will notice your baby's sex organs.  Remember that just as every pregnancy is different so is every baby's development.


  What is happening to you?
           You are probably noticing an increase in your appetite.  Be careful not to gain too much weight.  Your doctor may scold you if you do.  Make healthy choices to fulfill your appetite.  Make food and snack choices that are rich in nutrients instead of empty calories.  Watch foods high in salt content.  These foods will make you feel bloated and may make you retain fluids.  Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you are tired try to take a nap.  If you are working, find a place you can escape for 15 or 20 minutes.  A good idea is to set an alarm clock or your watch to go off just in case you fall asleep.


  Parent's Homework:  How do you start your childcare search?
           It may seem early, but many childcare providers often have long waiting lists.  It is best to tour now and makes decisions before the baby arrives.  There are many options from daycare centers, nanny care, private daycare, and relatives.  It is best to pick more than one of these options and decide when the time arrives.  When you go on a visit or a tour of care centers you need to consider a few questions.  You and your partner should prepare a list of questions to ask childcare providers.  When choosing the best place for you and your child consider the program, environment, staff, and family involvement opportunities.

       Some questions to ask are:

       What does the day's routine look like?

       What is the ratio between staff and students? (Recommended ratios infants 1:3, toddlers 1:5, and preschool 1:8)

       Do the students have opportunities to play outdoors?

       Are there large and small group activities?

       Is there a curriculum?

       Are there multicultural activities?

       Do the activities focus on all areas of development (social/emotional, adaptive skills, cognitive skills, sensory skills, and physical)?

       Is staff consistent, is there low turn over?

       Is the atmosphere kid friendly?

       Are there books and educational toys?

       Are tables and materials used designed for children?

       Are things at child's eye level?

       Are materials used age appropriate?

       Is there an open door policy?

       Does the staff have trainings?

       Is the program accredited?


  Personal Experience.
           I have visited many different types of daycares.  Some of them make you feel more secure with web-cam availability.  You can actually pay an extra fee to have access via the Internet to watch your child in their daycare setting from wherever you are.  These kinds of daycare centers have the latest in curriculum and age appropriate activities and materials.  They are on the high end of cost and usually operate from 6 am to 6 pm.  Other daycares that I found were related to early intervention programs.  This means that your children may have a child with disabilities in their classroom.  If this does not bother you this is a great option.  All your child's needs will be met by trained and educated professionals.  All materials used are age appropriate.  The best part is that often the occupational therapist and physical therapist will do large group activities which include your child too.  Your child will receive many developmental benefits by participating in a program with this type of curriculum.  The cost for this kind of program is in the medium range.  They usually operate from 8 am to 4 pm or 6 am to 6 pm.   I would prefer a relative to watch my child until toddler age if possible.  I do know a few private daycare centers that I would use.  I think that you really need to have a good feeling and trust for the individual in charge.  This type of decision is an individual choice.


  Things to consider if traveling this summer.
  • Ask your doctor if you are okay to travel and if there are any concerns.
  • Are you scheduled for any specific prenatal tests?
  • Make a list of your medical information and a phone list of your doctors.
  • Keep a small bag full of prenatal vitamins and any medications you need.
  • Make sure you have your health insurance cards.
  • Buy travel insurance.


  Things to do.
  • Make smart food choices
  • Keep your body hydrated
  • Make a list of questions for childcare visits/tours
  • Prepare yourself for any traveling


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