Your Pregnancy at Week 19by Your Baby Club
Your baby's senses are developing!
your baby this week:
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, their skin becomes less translucent and arms and legs much more in proportion.
All the senses are becoming increasingly 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 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 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, even if you don't enjoy the sensation, as they become more frequent
As the baby gets bigger and bigger, you may experience indigestion or heartburn, which can be 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 to fit your ever-growing bump. Time to shop!
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
An extremely fun part of preparing for your baby's arrival is creating a nursery. Whether you have a huge room just waiting for your baby's things to fill it, or a tiny home styled tiny space in the corner of your bedroom, you can't help but to enjoy making it special for your newborn. Many stores sell furniture collections and matching crib bedding sets with animals, alphabets, frills, stripes, sports, and everything in between. Shop around! You could easily discover multiple stores are selling the same product at higher or lower prices. Just as prices will vary, so too will quality, warranty, color, and style.
If the look you're going for is more je ne sais quoi, don't feel as though you're bound to a store's baby department. You may find that offbeat stores are the best places for finding artwork, rugs, storage choices, and furniture pieces. And you can always get crib sheets in a solid color or simple pattern. You can even have your nursery linens custom made. Choose colors and furniture that appeal to you, because you'll be in that space a lot, and your little one doesn't have any opinion on style, just yet. That whammy of fun will be yours in a few years, but not today.
In addition to taking your prenatal vitamins each day, make sure you are getting enough fluids and nutrition, like leafy greens and nuts, too! You should have eight to ten glasses of water, if possible, though a replacement glass (or two) of vegetable or fruit juice is good too! Try to get more iron into your diet as well - about 27-30 mg - to help support the extra blood flow in your body.
Write in your pregnancy journal and take a side profile picture of your good-looking, pregnant body.
At 19 weeks, you might feel a few, or every single one, of the pregnancy symptoms below.
- Leg cramps
- Dizziness and/or Faintness
- General discomfort, aches and/or round ligament pain
- Increased appetite
- Skin changes
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