19 Weeks Pregnant

As you go through your 19th week of pregnancy, you might notice more changes such as dry, flaky skin. Your metabolic rate and blood volume increase. Your need for fluid and your sensitivity to heat will increase, so it’s important that you continue to drink plenty of water.

Chloasma and skin abnormalities caused by extra oestrogen may cause some changes in your appearance. Do not be alarmed, this is perfectly normal. Symptoms include red palms, patches of skin pigmentation and darkening of your nipples, freckles, scars, underarms, inner thighs, and vulva. Darker patches on your face are referred to as ‘mask of pregnancy’ and will probably fade soon after the birth of your baby. As a precaution, avoid from direct sunlight as it may intensify the pigmentation changes.

Normal 19-weeks pregnant symptoms aren’t severe, they’re more like annoyances. Of course, that doesn’t mean that dealing with them is easy. Here are some very common symptoms during 19 Weeks pregnancy:

  1. Abdominal aches and pains Round ligament pain is that discomfort in your lower 19-week pregnant belly. It’s caused by your muscles stretching to accommodate baby. Let your OB know if any ache or pain concerns you, but as long it’s not intense or accompanied by other symptoms, these are just growing pains.
  2. Dizziness or lightheadedness 19 weeks mom-to-be may feeling faint and sometimes may passing out. If it happens to you, know you’re not alone. Lightheadedness during pregnancy can happen because your growing uterus puts pressure on your blood vessels. Plus, baby is crowding your lungs, so there’s less oxygen for you! But there are other things that contribute to lightheadedness, including dehydration and hunger, so take care of yourself and eat and drink regularly. If you find yourself getting dizzy or lightheaded often, your OB may want to check you for anemia and/or preeclampsia.
  3. Leg cramps One way to ease these ouchies: stretching. Extend your leg and flex your ankle and toes toward your knees. (Some prenatal yoga might help too.) Or enlist your partner for a calf (and back) massage.
  4. Hip pain If hip pain bothers you at night, try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees. Those giant body pillows might seem big and dorky, but we can’t sing the praises of them enough—especially if you’re 19 weeks pregnant with twins. Cave in and get one.

Development of Baby

Baby is as big as a mango at 19 weeks of pregnancy. At about 6.0 inches long and weighing in at about 8.5 ounces, your 19-week fetus continues to get bigger.

The fetus is developing a protective coating over his or her skin called vernix caseosa. It’s greasy and white and you may see some of it at birth.

Baby at 19 weeks is also working on his or her on five senses. Yep, nerve cells for sense of taste, hearing, sight, and smell are all developing in baby’s brain. Major developments take place in the brain: the sensory areas for touch, taste, sight, sound and smell are ’allocated’ and stimulated.

Arms and legs are proportionate to the body and each other. Hair on the scalp is beginning to grow.
Vernix caseosa, the white and creamy substance coating the skin of your baby, is forming to prevent her from ‘pickling’ in the amniotic fluid.

Your baby’s hearing is much more developed. It’s important to try to keep calm and your surroundings quiet, as loud noises could upset your baby.

Advice

This is also a great time for you, your partner and other family members to familiarise the baby with your voices by starting to talk to her. Many people like to play soothing music (such as instrumental, jazz, or classical) to help keep their baby calm and happy.

At 19 weeks pregnant, weight gain might start to concern you, since you’ve probably put on between 8 and 14 pounds so far. (Or 20 to 30 pounds, if you’re 19 weeks pregnant with twins.) If your weight gain to date is higher or lower than that, talk to your doctor about whether or not it’s cause for concern. Sudden or rapid weight gain could be a sign of preeclampsia, which needs to be treated ASAP, and inability to gain weight could mean that baby’s not getting enough nutrients.

At your mid-pregnancy ultrasound, which is coming up very soon, the technician will scan pretty much all of baby’s body—including the brain, spine, and heart—to make sure everything’s developing properly. It’s so cool to see all that up close! And, if you want to know baby’s gender, the technician will probably be able to tell you. Don’t leave without getting some printouts from the scan to take home with you and show off.

Of course, going in for your ultrasound isn’t the only thing you should be planning ahead for around week 19 of pregnancy; you should also probably start the search for a pediatrician. Start by asking some family and friends for recommendations and then make a few appointments to meet with the staff. Ask a lot of questions to find out which doctor you most jibe with. It’s important to find someone you trust, since you’ll be seeing a whole lot of each other in baby’s first year.

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