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Pregnancy Week 19

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Week 18                                                              Week 20

Did you know that if it’s a baby girl that you are carrying, you are not just carrying your baby girl, but also your future grand babies!

 

Baby’s Size

Your little one is almost the size of a mango this week (up to 7 inch long) and weighs almost 200 grams.

Baby’s Growth

What did we mean by that intro line? We meant that your baby girl is already carrying 6 million eggs inside her teeny tiny ovaries (Whoa!). And couple of these eggs might one day become your grandchildren. Crazy right!?

Baby’s skin is covered in a white greasy layer called Vernix Caseosa. This layer is made from oils secreted by baby’s skin, dead skin cells and also lanugo (fine hair on baby’s body). It’s role is to protect baby’s skin from any damage caused by swimming in the amniotic fluid for a prolonged period of time.

Did we tell you that baby’s senses are developing too. Touch, Sight, Hearing, Taste and smell are the five senses that are of utmost importance for our survival. Baby’s brain is developing and parts of the brain are specialising to handle these five senses.

Your 19 Week Pregnant Belly

Your growing uterus has now reached till your belly button. It will grow almost a centimetre per week. With the growing uterus you will start experiencing shooting pain in lower belly area on either or both sides. It is a common phenomenon known as “Round Ligament Pain” that occurs because of stretching and contractions of the said ligament. Round ligament supports your growing uterus so the pain is understood, however the pain should only last for few seconds at a time. You may especially feel that pain while waking up or standing up suddenly, or coughing or sneezing. Rest and stretching are the best cures for this. But if neither of them work and the pain persists for a minute or more, call you r doctor.

Your Symptoms

Supine Hypotension: You sleeping on your back will cause your uterus to press on the aorta and inferior vena cava which may result in a drop in your blood pressure. Which is why it is recommended that you sleep on your side.

Postural Hypotension: Suddenly standing from a sitting position or sitting up from a supine (lying) position can cause drop in the blood pressure which is known as Orthostatic or Postural Hypotension. This can cause dizziness or even fainting. Which is why it is advised to rise slowly.

Other symptoms like congestion, leg cramps and even stress will persist. Just try and take as much rest as you can, and take few minutes out for regular stretching. A little will go a long way 🙂

Your Week 19 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Please check with your doctor before taking any herbal supplements or remedies as otherwise harmless herbs like Aloe Vera and rosemary are known to cause uterine contractions.
  • Keep aside 10 minutes for daily stretching
  • Read to your baby. You can even talk and sing…
  • Continue taking your prenatal vitamins.

Present content is not a medical advise nor should it be substituted for one. Please consult a certified medical professional for medical consultation.

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