19 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
19 WEEKS PREGNANT
You’re 19 weeks pregnant, which means you only have one more week to go before you’re halfway through your pregnancy! The mid-way point of pregnancy is an exciting one because instead of just dealing with all the pregnancy symptoms, you’re feeling your baby move and kick, you’re wondering what she’ll look like when she’s born (will she have your nose? Will she have your significant other’s eyes?), and you may even find out if your baby is a boy or a girl at your anatomy scan that should be coming up soon!
At 19 weeks pregnant, your baby is the size of a mango. She weighs about 8.5 ounces now and is about 6 inches long! She’s still tiny right now, but from this point on, she’s going to get bigger fast!
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 19
Pregnancy symptoms in the 19th week aren’t nearly as bad as the symptoms from earlier weeks of your pregnancy. In fact, the symptoms you’ll likely experience this week are just pains in the butt (and other areas) – literally and figuratively. Let’s take a look.
- Hip pain. Thanks to your growing uterus (and baby!), your body is all out of whack, which can cause all sorts of aches and pains. Hip pain, especially at night, is a common complaint during pregnancy. If you’re having this issue, try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs. This will help put your legs and hips into alignment and lessen the pain. Body pillows are a pregnant lady’s best friend, so go get one, like,
- Lightheadedness and/or dizziness. If you’re feeling lightheaded or dizzy sometimes, it’s completely normal. Your ever-enlarging uterus is putting pressure on blood vessels, and as your baby grows, there’s less room for your lungs to expand, which means you’re getting less oxygen. Both issues can cause you to feel lightheaded or dizzy and may even cause you to pass out. Not eating often enough and/or not drinking enough water through the day can also contribute to lightheadedness and dizziness, so be sure you’re taking care of yourself! If you notice this is happening frequently, bring it up with your OB because there could be an underlying problem such as anemia or pre-eclampsia.
- Abdominal aches and pains. Aches and pains in your abdomen are generally caused by your muscles and ligaments stretching. You’ll hear this referred to as round ligament pain. Obviously, if the pain is severe or you’re worried there may be something else going on, contact your OB.
- Leg cramps. A common occurrence in pregnancy, legs cramps can be unbearable. Prepare yourself for their wraith. You’ll scream. You’ll cry like a baby. You may even let loose an expletive or five. It’s okay. Let it out. And then, stretch those muscles by extending and flexing your ankle and toes. (A nice calf massage always helps, too.) Afterwards, eat a giant bowl of your favorite ice cream. You’ve earned it.
19 WEEK BABY BUMP
By 19 weeks pregnant, your cute baby bump has everyone stopping you to ask how far along you are, if it’s a boy or a girl, if it’s your first pregnancy, and a million other questions. Strangers will also try and put their hand on your belly. Yes. It happens. A lot. Don’t be afraid to tell those people to back off. Pregnant bellies bring out the weird and inappropriate in people – kind of like full moons.
You’re more than likely feeling your baby move around and kick. For some women, the movements may still feel more like flutters. For other women, the kicks are more noticeable by now. Either way, feeling your baby move and kick is an exciting time. It’s when the pregnancy becomes “real” to many women because there’s solid evidence that there’s a human being growing inside of them.
You should be gaining weight steadily by 19 weeks pregnant. If your weight gain at this point is too slow, your doctor may have concerns that the baby isn’t getting enough nutrients. If your weight gain is too fast, that could be a sign of pre-eclampsia. Your weight will be monitored at each of your OB visits, and if there is a problem, your OB will notice, so don’t worry yourself too much unless your doctor shows concerns.
19 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
Unless your mid-pregnancy ultrasound was scheduled for this week, you aren’t likely to have an ultrasound at 19 weeks pregnant. Most mid-pregnancy ultrasounds are scheduled for the 20th week of pregnancy, though they can be performed within a week or so before or after 20 weeks. It all depends on when your OB schedules you to have it done.
At 19 weeks pregnant, the nerve cells in the brain that allow your baby to taste, hear, smell, and see are quickly developing. Your baby has been able to hear what is going on in the outside world for a couple weeks now, but that sense is getting stronger as it continues to develop.
Your baby is also developing a protective coating all over her body. This protective coating, which is called vernix caseosa, is a white, greasy consistency that protects your baby’s skin from becoming saturated and wrinkled by the amniotic fluid. It usually begins to shed shortly before your baby is born, but you may still see some of the coating on your baby at birth, especially if she is born a bit early.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 19 WEEKS PREGNANT?
Aside from getting as much rest as possible and taking care of your health, there isn’t a whole lot that you should be doing at 19 weeks pregnant. But here are a few suggestions of things to do this week:
- Increase your fiber intake. Any pregnant woman will tell you that constipation during pregnancy is a common occurrence. Increasing the amount of fiber you eat can help keep your bowels working properly. Just be careful not to eat too much fiber because that can leave you just as uncomfortable as not getting enough fiber can.
- Get a prenatal massage. This is the best time to pamper yourself. Your body is going through a lot of changes and you’re having to make changes in your day-to-day life to accommodate your pregnancy and the impending arrival of your little one. Take some time and schedule yourself a prenatal massage. It will help you relax, and it’ll relieve some of the aches and pains you’re dealing with.
- Start researching childbirth classes. While you won’t need to take a childbirth class until sometime in the third trimester, you should start researching where and when the classes are being offered and get your timeslot scheduled now in case there are waiting lists. Childbirth classes aren’t an absolute necessity, but if this is your first pregnancy, it’d be a good idea to take a class to help you feel better prepared for what to expect on the big day!
- Sam C's Editorial Team