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19 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

19 Weeks Pregnant

19 Weeks Pregnant
19 Weeks Pregnant

Your Baby at 19 Weeks

By 19 weeks pregnant, pretty much all of baby’s pieces and parts have been formed. They’ll be focused on getting bigger and more fine tuned from here on out. And if your mid-pregnancy ultrasound happens to be this week, you’ll be lucky enough to get a glimpse! Here’s what’s going on with baby at 19 weeks.

How Big is Baby at 19 Weeks?

Your baby is 6.0 inches long and weighs 8.5 ounces this week. That’s about the size of a Magic 8-Ball. And the fruit that’s the size of baby at 19 weeks? A mango!

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.
  • Baby’s body: Baby’s arms and legs are more proportional to the rest of the body at 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.

Vernix 411

You know how your skin gets wrinkly when you’ve been in the bath too long? Vernix caseosa prevents 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.

Pregnant with Twins?

If you’re 19 weeks pregnant with twins, you’ll soon be able to see both babies on display during your mid-pregnancy ultrasound. Hopefully that will help with the disbelief you’re probably still feeling!

19 Weeks Ultrasound

If you haven’t had your “Big U/S” yet, there’s a good chance it’ll be this week or next, which is super exciting! If you do have a 19 week ultrasound, here’s an idea of what baby might look like:

19 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Photo by Tommy’s

19 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

Since you’re now well into your second trimester but pretty far from the end, your pregnancy symptoms should be pretty manageable when you’re 19 weeks pregnant. However, if there’s anything that doesn’t seem right, be sure to let your doctor know.

  • 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, take it easy when standing up and sleeping on your side can help keep your blood flow optimal. And if dizziness is happening a lot, notify your health care provider.
  • Leg cramps: If leg cramps are waking you up at night, you are not alone! To relieve the pain, make sure to 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’ll probably see baby moving up a storm, but have you starting 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, your partner may feel baby moving when they touch your belly, but for now, it’s probably just between you and your future kid.

19 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Your 19 weeks pregnant belly is probably rapidly expanding, 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, should most likely aim to stick to that rate for the rest of your pregnancy.

19 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?

You’re almost half-way through your pregnancy! At 19 weeks, you’re four months and one week pregnant.

Childbirth Classes

Yep, that baby has to come out eventually. If this is your first baby, this idea might seem a teeny bit overwhelming. A childbirth class can help prep you for baby’s birth day by giving you the details on what to expect during labor and delivery, as well as coping methods to help you get through it. Here, you can get answers to your most probing questions about pain medication (or going without), relaxation and breathing techniques, and hospital or birthing center practices.

To find a good childbirth class, ask your doctor or call your hospital or birthing center to see if they offer them. You can also ask parent friends for their recommendations. Look for courses that fit with the type of birth you want. For example:

  • If you want to skip pain meds, a natural birthing course could be right for you.
  • If you’re having a c-section, the surgery and follow-up care should be covered in the class.
  • If you still have a lot of birth plan decisions to make, choose a general course that discusses all your options.

It’s great for your partner or birth support person to go these classes with you. For extra know-how, you can also sign up for separate courses in newborn care, infant CPR, breastfeeding and more. Many hospitals and birthing centers offer these as well.

💛 Congratulations 💛

There are 147 days before your due date.

Top 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.

How to Find the Perfect Baby Name

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You and your partner are in this together, but what if you can’t seem to agree on a baby name? Here’s our tried-and-true strategy for deciding on a baby name together:

  • Make two separate lists of your baby name faves.
  • Switch lists, and cross off the names you each can’t stand.

Then put the remainders in an official baby names list and then weed some out based on:

  • Full name and initials: Does it sound weird with the last or middle name? Do the initials spell out a word or acronym that’s a no-go?
  • Nicknames: Do you hate the shortened versions your child will inevitably be called?
  • Doctor’s office test: Say the whole name out loud. How will it sound when the nurse calls your child from the waiting room?

19 Weeks Baby Bumps from Real Moms

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Week 19 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Pick a name! This is one huge thing to check off your list, so start with the recommendations above.
  • Sign up for childbirth classes at your hospital or a local parent resource center.
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