19 weeks

19 weeks – almost halfway!!

Here’s what’s happening with baby.

19 Weeks Pregnant

At 19 weeks, you’re probably getting psyched for your mid-pregnancy ultrasound. Most parents-to-be think of this test as the chance they get to find out baby’s sex. But you actually will see a lot more than baby’s boy or girl parts. The ultrasound technician will scan pretty much scan all of baby’s body to make sure everything’s developing properly. Don’t leave the place without getting some printouts from the scan to take home with you and show off. Of course, going in for your test isn’t the only thing you should be planning ahead for around week 19, 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 docs. So what do you think it is — a boy or a girl?

your baby’s the size of a mango!
At about 6.0 inches long and weighing in at about 8.5 ounces, she’s getting there!

 

your baby at 19 weeks
  • Developing a protective coating over her skin, called vernix caseosa. It’s greasy and white and you may see some of it at her birth.
  • Working on her five senses. Nerve cells for her sense of taste, hearing, sight and smell are developing in her brain.

 

pregnancy symptoms at 19 weeks
  • Aches and pains in your abdomen, caused by your muscles stretching to accommodate baby.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Leg cramps: one way to ease the pain: Extend your leg and flex your ankle and toes toward your knees. Or enlist your partner for a calf (and back!) massage.
  • Hip pain. If it bothers you at night, try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees.