In this article:
- Mommy matters
- Baby/ Fetal Development
- Baby weight and size
- Pregnancy symptoms and remedies
- Tips and To Do’s
For both mom and the baby, a very important stage of the pregnancy is the nineteenth week. Mom will probably be feeling much more comfortable within herself as the mid-term of the pregnancy approaches but there are still many changes happening in both her system and the baby’s. At 19 weeks pregnant, these changes are critical!
Your weight gain accelerates in this trimester. On average, women gain 1–2 lb (0.5–1 kg) per week from now up until delivery. Your baby accounts for only some of this extra weight; the rest is increased blood volume, breast size, amniotic fluid, and fat reserves.
At 19 weeks pregnant, the top of the uterus is probably in line with your belly button. You can probably feel the baby moving but there is no cause for alarm if you can’t. This is quite normal, especially with a first pregnancy. Your tummy will be getting rounder and the ‘bump’ more pronounced. There are some symptoms that you might suffer from at 19 weeks pregnant but, again, these are no cause for alarm unless severe.
You could feel short of breath and maybe have blurred vision. The latter is caused by water retention and should disappear after the baby is born. Exercise can help ease this as well. Bleeding gums can also be a problem and this is because your body tissues are all becoming softer during pregnancy. It’s important to let your dentist know when you are pregnant so that he can take care of that side of things.
At 19 weeks pregnant, the baby is now bigger than the placenta and her body is starting to gain fat, albeit in small amounts. If the baby is a girl, at this stage of her growth, she will have more than six M eggs in her ovaries! The bones are getting harder and the muscles are developing and becoming stronger. Consequently, the baby becomes much more active meaning that a lot more movement is felt. The hearing is almost fully developed too, but despite all this, the baby can still sleep for up to 20 hours a day. It is usually typical when Mom wants to sleep or relax, the baby becomes livelier! It’s also noticeable that loud noises can startle the baby.
Your baby’s senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell are developing in the brain.
If you have an ultrasound at this time it is possible to see the baby’s kidneys. They are starting to work properly at 19 weeks pregnant as well. They produce urine and this makes up quite a large amount of the amniotic fluid. You will be able to see hair growing on the baby’s head and fine hair on their body. The amount of hair is different for every baby. Some premature babies are covered in fine hair on their bodies and have a thick mop of hair on their heads when they are born and others that got the full term are completely bald. It is a totally individual thing.
Baby Weight and Size
At 19 weeks pregnant, your baby measures around 6-1/2 inches (16.4 cm) long from crown to rump! Her weight is now around 300 grams (10-1/2 oz). Just about the size of a small banana.
19 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Remedies
As your uterus continues to move upward, pressing into the stomach, and progesterone relaxes the abdominal muscles, digestion can become sluggish. You may suffer from heartburn, indigestion, and constipation, or existing symptoms may worsen. Include plenty of fiber in your diet and drink plenty of fluids to help keep your stool soft and avoid uncomfortable constipation.
As mentioned earlier, you will probably have an ultrasound done about this time, between 18 and 20 weeks. They will check on all of the baby’s vital organs and especially the brain, the spine, the heart and the kidneys. 19 weeks pregnant is the time to ask if you want to know the sex of your baby….but make sure you tell them if you don’t!
We all know that a certain amount of fat is essential for good health but saturated fats raise cholesterol level and can contribute to heart disease. Try and cut down on any fat by grilling food instead of frying, cutting fat from meat and choosing healthy and natural foods rather than processed.
Tips and To Do’s
You may think that labor and delivery are a long way off but at 19 weeks you are almost halfway there! Therefore you might like to start thinking about such things as birth plans. This may not seem urgent but it may help you to have things clear in advance and will also help your healthcare professional if they know what you want.
If you are going to need childcare it might be a good idea to start thinking about it now. It is never too early to start planning for this and will save you time and trouble when the baby arrives. Check what is available in your local area by looking on websites, by asking other mothers with babies and don’t forget that family and friends can be very useful in this department too. You can even go and visit some of the places to see what they have to offer.
Exercise is still essential
If you can get together with some other Moms-to-be, it would be a good idea to try and do some exercises. This will help to keep your weight down and also reduce any risk of gestational diabetes. You can, of course, do this on your own but it’s always much more fun in a group and you also compare notes on all the other aspects of your pregnancy!
You should also be having regular conversations with your baby by now. If not, you should start chatting as your baby can hear your voice and it all helps with the bonding process between mother and the child. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t get your partner in on it as well! You can then both feel the baby’s reactions.