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Welcome to the 19th week of your pregnancy journey! We know it hasn’t been easy so far, but you’ve been doing absolutely great! You’ve almost halfway through your full pregnancy term, so let’s celebrate! In this article, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about being 19 weeks pregnant.
From 19 weeks pregnancy symptoms to 19 weeks pregnant belly changes, how your baby is developing during their 19th week, and everything you need to add to your 19 weeks pregnancy checklist, read on for all the info you need.
19 weeks pregnant symptoms
While early pregnancy symptoms will come and go such as morning sickness, mood swings, and a heightened sense of smell, during your 19th week of pregnancy, you’re most likely to experience some or all of the below pregnancy symptoms. In order to reduce the stretch marks from developing, make sure you read our article on the best pregnancy stretch mark creams.
- Sleeping problems
- Stretch marks
- Swollen gums
- Pain in your belly due to expanding womb
- Tender breasts
- Leg cramps
- Swollen limbs
- Thicker and shinier hair
- Oily skin
- Feeling hot
- Urine and vaginal infections
19 weeks pregnant belly
At 19 weeks pregnant, your baby is the size of a mango! At this stage, a baby’s reproductive system has developed entirely; that means that if you’re having a baby girl, her vagina, uterus, and fallopian tube are intact and her ovaries even contain around 6 million egg cells! If you’re carrying a baby boy, then his testicles have not only formed but have also been secreting testosterone since week 10!
After the skin has developed, during this week, a waxy skin coating known as vernix caseosa is being produced. This helps protect your baby’s skin from the effects of the amniotic fluid floating in the womb.
Another milestone your baby is achieving at 19 weeks pregnant is that their sleep is starting to be regulated; they wake up and sleep at a more regular pattern and can be influenced by noises or movements.
19 weeks pregnancy checklist
- If you haven’t found out the gender of your baby already, get an ultrasound to determine the sex.
- Think about informing your work, since you’re probably showing.
- Perform pelvic floor exercises.
- Use pregnancy stretch mark creams.
- Exercise 2-3 times a week.
- Eat healthily and control your weight gain.
- Start looking into different delivery options.
- If you haven’t already, get a pregnancy pillow to help with your sleep issues.
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