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19 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to at 19 weeks pregnant:
1. Your baby is able to hear you
2. Aches and pains in your abdomen
3. Heartburn. Still.
4. Dizziness - and not just from all the information
5. You are nearly halfway there!

How your life will change this week:
Well done! You are nearly halfway through your pregnancy. In the next 10 weeks your baby will really start to fill your womb. The top of your uterus is now about as high as your belly button. Your abdomen will probably still feel achy sometimes, but don’t worry about this – it is just your muscles and ligaments stretching to make room for your baby.  Unfortunately heartburn is a common symptom throughout pregnancy, and it’s not just spicy food that can set it off. Try to eat slowly and chew thoroughly, and don’t lie down too soon after eating: it is easier to digest food sitting upright or even going for a gentle stroll.

The big news for this week is that research shows your baby can hear your voice from the 19th week of pregnancy. Feel free to talk to your baby, read aloud, or play some of your favourite music (as long as  t’s not thumping heavy metal!) Interestingly, babies move towards sound – you can try playing music through earphones over an area and feel your baby move towards it.

Your baby’s development this week:
Your baby is starting to grow hair on their head. A protective layer is developing all over your baby’s skin, known as the vernix caseosa, which shields them from the amniotic fluid. It is thick and white, and may still be visible at birth. Research shows that it should remain on the skin for at least 24 hours after birth as a protective nourishment for the skin and to reduce the risk of allergies and eczema This week all the nerve cells that control your baby’s five senses are developing in the brain: cells for taste, touch, hearing, smell and sight. Your baby is still swallowing amniotic fluid and their kidneys are  roducing urine and excreting it back into the amniotic fluid. All in preparation for life outside the womb. 

This week’s To Do list:
  • Make sure you’ve booked your next scan.
  • Start thinking about finding a paediatrician (it’s never too early to be prepared).
  • Go on a date with your partner.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
Don’t rush your meals. Eat slowly and chew every mouthful properly – it will help with the heartburn and give you a chance to really appreciate your food.

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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BabyGroup says:
This article has been checked by Andrea Klinkenberg, Midwife. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.

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