Week 19 of Your Pregnancy

November 1, 2009

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What is Happening Inside Your Body?

19WeekWeb200You are growing everywhere. Your belly and breasts are getting larger, your body seems to be expanding everywhere. Even your feet may be getting larger.

As your hormones work to soften the muscles in your body, you may find that your feet are getting wider or longer. Additionally, you may experience swelling in your feet during pregnancy, which can make your shoes feel snug.

You may be able to feel the top of your uterus. It will sit about ½ inch below your belly button now. You have probably gained somewhere between 8 and 14 pounds now. Your breasts alone have each increased on average by about 6 ½ ounces.

How Big is Your Baby?

Your baby is between 5 and 6 inches long and weighs in at about 7 ounces. It has been 17 weeks since conception.

What Does a Fetus Look Like at 19 Weeks?

To give you an idea of what a baby in the womb looks like at 19 weeks..Click here to watch and awesome video.

4D Ultrasound of a baby at 19 weeks in the womb. Click to watch

How is Your Baby Developing?

Fetus19Web200Your baby’s skin is developing a coating that is slippery, and fatty, called vernix. This forms a protective layer on your baby’s skin which will help keep it from becoming scratched or chapped.

Your baby may begin to startle from loud noises.

Your baby’s reproductive system is continuing to develop. If your baby is a girl, she will already have 6 million eggs formed in her ovaries.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

If you are experiencing dizziness, be sure that you shift positions slowly. Also, be sure to keep your blood sugar even by eating small frequent meals.

Eating smaller more frequent meals instead of three big meals will keep your blood sugar more balanced, as well as help prevent digestive upsets such as heartburn.

If you are experiencing sudden shooting pains in your legs, groin or pelvis, this may be sciatica or round ligament pain. Follow the links provided for some great tips on managing the discomfort.

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