You’ll get more Tired but You’ll Feel Your Baby Move at 19 Weeks Pregnant
At 19 weeks pregnant, your baby is now measuring 6 inches and weighs about 8 1/2 ounces. Right now, your baby is about the size of a large mango. Despite being still small, you are now beginning to feel your baby’s movements as he continues to grow and develop more while you are 19 weeks pregnant.
Your Baby’s Development this Week
Your baby is going through a growth spurt! His brain is now developing much of his senses such as the sense of vision, hearing, smell, touch and taste. At this point, your baby is now capable to hear sounds and voices while he is still inside your womb. Your baby’s arms and legs are also now proportionate as well as his body. The soft cartilage in his limbs is starting to become a harder bone.
Other body organs that are functioning well now are the kidneys which continue its urine production. His scalps are now forming, while hairs continue to sprout on top of his head but there’s no hair color on it. The skin is not translucent anymore as his skin is starting to develop pigments. This will eventually become your baby’s skin tone and color.
His skin is also developing a protective covering known as vernix caseosa. It is a white wax-like substance consisting of the downy hair called lanugo and from the oil secreted by his glands and dead skin cells. Its purpose is to protect the skin of your baby from the amniotic fluid around him. Lack of this protection will make your baby’s skin wrinkled (imagine being submerged in the water for nine months). It will eventually come off when your baby is about to be born. But some babies are born still covered with vernix.
His body fats continue to build up which contributes to his weight. Your baby is gaining weight, heavier than your placenta, but not that much. Your baby’s small heart continues to beat faster than your heartbeat when you listen to it with a Fetal Doppler device. His muscles are also becoming more flexible and stronger. Nerve cell production becomes slower because the nerve cells grow larger, therefore creating more complex connections.
You will also feel that your baby is becoming more active as you may now feel his little movements, though your baby is asleep 20 hours a day. However, most mothers can feel movements, also known as quickening, when they are around 18 to 20 weeks pregnant.
If you could only see inside your womb, you will know that the baby is touching his face, reaching the membrane of the amniotic sac, trying to get a hold of the umbilical cord, sucking the thumb, and pedaling the legs.
When you visit your healthcare provider for ultrasounds at 19 weeks pregnant, you would be able to see your baby’s eyes and ears in their correct spot on her head. Her eyes are still closed and will remain this way for a few more weeks.
Your Body Changes at 19 Weeks Pregnant
This week, you’re getting more tired and you may also feel that your body is aching. Leg cramps is also expected this week. It is a painful spasm that you will feel in your calf’s area and is usually occurring in the second and third trimester. You will feel them during the night. It is unexplainable why leg cramps are happening, however many theories are surfacing. Some researchers said that it is due to the pressure of your growing uterus, while others said it is the effect of diet.
Other pregnancy discomforts you will experience in your body are in your lower abdomen area as well as sharp pain on both sides. You may also still experience ligament pain due to the stretching of your ligaments that is supporting your growing uterus weight. Though feeling the pain is normal, you can consult your healthcare provider to ease or relieve the pain.
External and internal changes
When it comes to your skin changes, you will notice that your palms are getting red. It is because of your pregnancy hormones, estrogen, adding more. You may also notice that your skin is becoming darker. This is due to the increasing pigment. The dark colors are also seen in your forehead, upper lips and cheeks. This time, it will be called the chloasma.
Not only those parts are getting dark skin effects, you will also notice that your nipples, freckles, scars, underarms, inner thighs and vulva are also becoming darker. However, this may eventually go away after your pregnancy. Heartburn and indigestion may also occur frequently as your uterus is growing.
You may also feel that you’re out of breath as your pregnancy hormone continues to make changes in your system, affecting your lungs. While this is normal, it is still important to let your healthcare provider know about this. Other pregnant women say they are having visual problems such as becoming blurry and this is because of the water retentions.
Since your baby is growing and that your body is also gaining more weight, you will experience becoming unsteady or becoming clumsy. This is because as your uterus grows, the center of gravity has also changed. You may be worrying about this, but this is normal. You will get used to it as your pregnancy progresses.
What to Think and Do this Week
Now that you are having problems on making movements such as walking and lying, it’s time to start practicing. Soon, you will find it hard to lie down. Practice fetal position as this will help in making you comfortable while you are sleeping. This will alleviate your aching body such as back pain. Eat healthy foods such as foods containing vitamin B and good fats. This will help to develop your baby's brain cells.
You may also feel heat sensitivity and becoming dehydrated at 19 weeks pregnant. It is best to drink more water. If you are an avid coffee drinker, it is best to stop this drinking habit. This will increase your blood pressure as well as your heart rate which will affect your baby.