19 Weeks PregnantYou’re 19 weeks pregnant and maybe, just maybe, you think you’re starting to feel your baby kick? For most women this happens roughly between 18 weeks pregnant and 22 weeks pregnant.Your baby is now about six inches long and weighs around 8-9 ounces. The most dramatic change, though, is that s/he is now covered in a layer of a cheesy substance called the vernix caseosa. This protects the baby’s skin from the skin-wrinkling effects of being immersed in the amniotic fluid…and from looking like a little prune!19 weeks pregnant is the time of greatly accelerated brain development, and of massive strides in the sensitivity of the sensory system.

From this point on it’s thought the baby will be able to hear your voice and outside stimuli like music – and shouting! So maybe the foundations of personality and how to interact with the world are laid down from now on My youngest daughter insisted that she knew all the lyrics to the Rolling Stones album, ‘High Tide, Green Grass’ well before she came into the world! She turned out to be a real rock-chick in her teens…I wonder what would have happened if I’d been into Beethoven…would she have been a concert pianist?!¬†Your baby’s limbs are now more in proportion to the rest of the body, the hair is starting to grow and the kidneys begin to produce urine.About YouSome women are definitely showing their pregnancy by 19 weeks whereas others may not begin to look pregnant until 6 months or so.

It can vary hugely from baby to baby too and so there’s no need to worry if you’re not showing it yet, or if you’re well into maternity clothes by now!What is important is your that you enjoy…as now you may well begin to feel ravenous. Eating for two is a serious business and it requires some will power to resist sweet and fatty junk foods and replace them instead with appetising wholefood dishes, salads, fruits and vegetables.You may start to feel lower backache or lower abdominal aches around now. Try to avoid standing motionless for long periods and rest your legs when you can. If you have a toddler, make sure you lift him or her correctly, keeping your back straight and bending at the knees, as the softer musculature of pregnancy can make you more prone to injury.

Some women battle with pregnancy constipation at this point and again, having plenty of fresh fruit and veg in your diet, plus wholegrains instead of refined flours, will help a lot. If this doesn’t work, consult your nurse or doctor and they will suggest a gentle and safe laxative.Now that the baby is putting pressure on different parts of your anatomy, you may get tingling sensations, pins and needles or even feelings of dizziness at times. If these persist, consult your health professional, but many such symptoms are normal at this time. 19 weeks pregnant is the time when you will start to feel your pregnancy more than before, so try to slow down a bit and be a bit bullish about getting your rest and putting your feet up when you can.

 

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