First Noticeable Movements
You’ll soon be touching the halfway mark of your pregnancy. For those of you who haven’t yet experienced the tiny baby flutters, this could be the big week. This is also the week where your second ultrasound is due. The scan which is performed to check baby’s well being and congenital anomality will reveal your baby’s gender.
Your baby at week 19
There are significant developments in the baby’s growth this week. Measuring roughly 6 inches and weighing 260 grams, the baby is about the size of a mango. From here on, your baby will grow by 1cm every week
- The neurons between the brain and muscles are now connected, which explains the movements you’ve been feeling
- The nervous system is developing rapidly. The nerve cells responsible for the sense of touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight are developing in the respective areas of the brain.
- Hair and nail growth continue this week
- The arms and legs are in proportion now.
- Cartilage in baby’s body is turning into bone
- Kidneys function well producing urine
- Under the vernix caseosa (the protective, waxy coating), your baby’s skin is thickening and developing layers, including the dermis, epidermis and subcutaneous layer.
- If you’re having a baby girl, the reproductive system is fully in place, with the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes formed. The ovaries have more than 6 million eggs!!
Pregnancy Symptoms at Week 19
- Baby is taking up more room in your uterus now, expanding your uterus and moving it up to your navel.
- Continued growth will put pressure on your lungs, stomach, bladder, and kidneys.
- The growing uterus is also stretching the round ligaments supporting it. This may cause sharp pain in the lower abdomen and hip area. It is more prominent when you change positions and get up suddenly. This is a normal part of pregnancy. Call your doctor if you’re concerned.
- The pregnancy hormones are wreaking havoc on your skin, creating dark patches on the cheeks, nose and forehead. This is a common pregnancy condition called “chloasma” which will eventually fade after childbirth. Exposure to the sun may darken the pigments in the skin. So stay away from the sun or remember to use a sunscreen.
- Dizziness in another common symptom during this period. The growing uterus puts pressure on the blood vessels, thus reducing blood flow to the brain. This results in low blood pressure, causing you to feel dizzy.
- Many pregnant women complain of late night cramps. This is again a result of extra pressure on the legs due to weight gain
- Other symptoms like constipation, heartburn, itchy skin and back pain continue during this week.
Tip for Pregnancy Week 19
- Loud noises could stress your baby. Try to be in peaceful surroundings or play soothing music to keep baby calm.
- Include foods rich in Calcium, Vitamin D and Folic Acid, and also iron and Vitamin C.