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19 Weeks Pregnant

September 18, 2019

19 Weeks Pregnant

19 Weeks Pregnant
19 Weeks Pregnant

How Big is Your Baby at 19 Weeks?

Your baby is 6 inches long and weighs 8.5 ounces this week. That’s about the size of a Magic 8-Ball.

Here’s what else to know when you’re 19 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby at 19 Weeks

By the time you’re 19 weeks pregnant, your baby has developed most of what they need. From here on out, they’ll be focused on getting bigger and more fine tuned. And if your mid-pregnancy ultrasound happens to be this week, you’ll get a glimpse of your little one. Here’s what’s going on with baby at 19 weeks.

Your Baby’s Development at 19 Weeks

  • Sensory development: This week your baby’s brain starts to develop its receptors for the five senses—sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch—getting ready for the big wide world. They may even be able to hear your voice when you talk.
  • Body growth: Baby’s arms and legs are more proportional to the rest of the body now that you’re 19 weeks pregnant. And hair might be starting to grow on the scalp.
  • Protective coating: Your 19 week fetus is growing a soft, protective coating called vernix caseosa, or cheesy varnish. This helps prevent babies from wrinkling in the amniotic fluid. It may also help baby make its way through the birth canal during delivery and has antibacterial properties too. Much of the protective coating may slough off by the time they’re born, but many babies make their debut with it on their skin or in their folds. That’s totally normal. There tends to be more of the vernix caseosa on babies born earlier, but it does appear on full-term babies too. And there’s usually less of it on babies born after their due date.

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19 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

19 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

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Your Body: 19 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

Now that you’re well into your second trimester, you may be starting to feel—and look—really pregnant. And while the morning sickness and fatigue of the first trimester are (hopefully) in the past, you may be feeling a few other new symptoms.

  • Dizziness: Dizziness and/or feeling faint is common for pregnant women during the second trimester, since your growing uterus can put pressure on blood vessels and slow your circulation. The fact that your blood pressure tends to lower while you’re pregnant doesn’t help much either. If you feel dizzy, stop what you’re doing and lie down to help get that blood flowing again. Other things that can help: try not to stand for long periods of time and take it easy when standing up. Sleeping on your side also can help keep your blood flow optimal. And if dizziness is happening a lot, let your health care provider know.
  • Leg cramps: If leg cramps are waking you up at night, you are not alone! To relieve the pain, to try to regularly stretch your calf muscles and wear supportive shoes or compression socks.
  • Aches and pains: Because of your growing uterus, at 19 weeks pregnant, round ligament pain may be your reality. This pain in the abdomen is caused by all the stretching going on to keep up with your baby’s growth. Of course, any pain should be reported to your doc, but abdominal pain at this point often can be literal growing pains.

Can You Feel Your Baby Moving?

Wondering what’s going on in there? At your mid-pregnancy ultrasound, you may see baby moving a lot in there, but have you started to feel that movement yet? Most pregnant women start to feel baby moving somewhere between 16 weeks pregnant and 22 weeks pregnant. Baby’s first movements—a.k.a. quickening—might feel like gas or a flutter of butterfly wings. And you might not even realize what the heck it is at first.

Eventually the fluttering will turn into jabs, and then full-on, unmistakable kicks. (Seriously, what’s going on in there?!) And you might find baby wants to move and groove when you’re ready to relax. Later on, others may feel baby moving when they touch your belly, but for now, it’s probably just between you and your future child.

Nutrition Tip for 19 Weeks Pregnant

Make sure to get plenty of iron to help your body make extra blood. Docs recommend you double your daily iron intake to 27–30 mg. In addition to taking a prenatal vitamin, keep some raisins or dried peaches close by to snack on, try this chicken chili recipe or saute some spinach as a side.

Your Life at 19 Weeks Pregnant

You’re nearing the halfway mark, and you have plenty to consider in the coming weeks. Balance big picture planning—like the kind of birth you want—with mellow time spent outdoors.

  • Birth locations: Begin to explore where you want to have your baby. Hospital? Birthing center? Home? Any option is fair game, but consider your priorities, your doctor’s recommendations and your comfort. Book tours as necessary, and keep the following questions in mind: Will you have to drive far? Do you want pain management or do you hope for an unmedicated delivery? Do you want access to a birthing tub or other unique birth tools? Will you have a private room after delivery? What will your insurance cover? During recovery, do you want your baby to stay in the room with you? If opting for a hospital, what are the c-section rates? Will you have access to a nearby operating room or NICU? It’s a lot to consider, so think about getting a jump start on it.
  • Get-ready reading: When birth’s on the brain, books can be a good way to give accurate information while keeping you grounded. (BTW, it’s normal to be nervous, even if you’ve done this before.) Check out Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, The Birth Partner (for your partner or whomever will join you during the delivery) and Mindful Birthing.
  • Follow your cravings: Cravings are super common (though not everyone will get them). If it’s something like broccoli, go for it. If you find you want ice cream for every meal, go ahead and treat yourself and try to balance out with other favorites. Food aversions? Swapping in healthy alternatives, like beans and protein-rich dairy in place of meat, can help ensure you’re still getting the nutrition you need.
  • Head outside: Spending time in nature is associated with better mental and physical health, and increased happiness. Walking outdoors also happens to be a great way for a pregnant person to get in a little extra movement. If the weather cooperates, make it a point to spend a little time outside each week. You don’t have to plan a day-long hike; even a short jaunt at lunch time can get your heartrate up and put you in a happy frame of mind.

19 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Your belly is probably rapidly expanding at 19 weeks, since the uterus no longer fits inside the pelvis. You’re probably gaining around a pound per week, and, depending on what you’ve talked about with your healthcare provider, you’ll most likely aim to stick to that rate for the rest of your pregnancy.

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19 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Birth is a big deal. Spend some time thinking about the kind of labor and delivery you’d like to have.
  • Incorporate extra iron into your diet. (You need about twice as much as you did pre-pregnancy to help make extra blood for baby.)
  • Try to get outside for some soothing fresh air. Even a stroll around the block counts.
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