Your Pregnancy at Week 19by Your Baby Club
Now around 15cm in length and weighing over 240g, your little one continues to grow at a rapid rate and is now the size of a large mango. As your baby piles on the grams, its skin becomes less translucent and arms and legs much more in proportion.
All of the senses are becoming more and more sensitive, ready for the outside world when life will be one big sensory overload in the first few weeks. A layer of protective substance, called Vernix caseosa covers your baby this week. This greasy cheese-like layer which stays until just before birth prevents your baby’s skin from being all wrinkly from the amniotic fluid - a bit like how your fingers and toes get after a long bath. Although still too early to confirm, hair colour as the pigment has not yet been determined but your baby will be starting to grow tiny hairs on their scalp.
You may hopefully be feeling more definite kicks this week which can be a really reassuring part of pregnancy as they become more frequent. As the baby gets bigger and bigger you may experience indigestion or heartburn, which can be really uncomfortable. If you find that you are really struggling you can speak to your midwife or GP. Sometimes a glass of cold milk may help.
Due to the increase of hormones and your growing baby, you may also feel a little breathless. Although this is normal, it can also be a sign of anaemia so if you find you are really struggling, speak to your doctor.
If you haven’t already needed to, you are probably finding that now is the time that you put your usual wardrobe to one side to make way for maternity clothes. Time to shop!