You are almost near the big milestone. If you strain your neck a bit you may as well see the board which says, “You are halfway through your pregnancy”. By now most of your doubts, fears and adjustment problems have been answered and you are now ready to happily enjoy your pregnancy. So far you felt the changes taking place in your body; now it is time for you to see them more clearly.
There is no denying that cute bump anymore! But until you wish to there is no way the world can see it. Many women camouflage their bump until they are in their late pregnancies. First time mommies find it very easy to hide their bumps than the women who have already given birth. The bump varies from woman to woman. Some pregnant women find it very difficult to hide their bump whereas others find it difficult to show at this stage.
Changes in Your Body:
You are still sailing on the honeymoon period of your pregnancy. You may find yourself a bit clumsy with your changing shape and shift in the center of gravity. Not to worry. You can hang in there and maintain your balance. There are times when you need to be graceful, but pregnancy is the time when you accept the wobbliness with pride. Be alert with the ‘falls’ though. It can be dangerous for you and your baby. The change in your posture will also lead to backaches.
Your uterus has reached up to navel. No more hourglass figure for you, but don’t worry you can always get it back with a little effort after childbirth.
Let us take a look at other changes your body when 19 weeks pregnant.
1. Round Ligament Pain:
You may experience sharp pain in your abdominal or hip area either on one side or both at times. This is nothing but the round ligament pain which is normal during pregnancy. The muscles bands holding your uterus do not give in easily, causing the pain due to the pressure of the baby growing inside.
2. Fatigue and Breathlessness:
Being breathless or tired is nothing new to you anymore. Your circulatory system will be overworked, and has to pump blood not only through your body but also to the baby through the umbilical cord. This is one prime reason for the fatigue. Keep an eye on your diet to tackle this problem head-on. You need to get enough amount of Vitamin C and Iron which is very essential for the growth of your baby and your own health as well.
Well, you hear about the super foods that can meet all your dietary requirements, but the concept of ‘superfood’, like superman is purely fictional. For proper nourishment you need to combine foods that are rich in different nutrients. There are no shortcuts when it comes to eating healthy.
Go green during your pregnancy. A hearty meal which has sufficient amounts of green leafy vegetables provides your body with many nutrients like fiber, calcium, and folate in addition to both iron and vitamin C. Red meat, fresh fruits, lentils and cereals are a must in your diet during your pregnancy.
3. Constant Heartburn:
Heartburn will look like an eternal thing by now, never leaving your side. Your stomach which has always been touchy becomes more sensitive as though it is going through the PMS that you now miss. On a serious note, it is affected by the new pregnancy hormones secreted in your body as well as relaxation of the valve closing the gap between the stomach and food pipe. Every meal, irrespective of its portion will now cause the dreaded burning sensation in your chest. Do not opt for any remedies before consulting your healthcare provider for safety. A glass of plain cold milk is considered to be safe and soothing for heartburn.
4. Feeling Sticky and Sweaty:
Most of the pregnant women end up arguing about the speed or the fan or temperature of AC with their partners, since their inner body temperature is higher during this period. You may need cooler conditions and clothes to deal with the discomfort caused by the increase in temperature.
19 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Signs:
At glance your signs and symptoms of 19th week of pregnancy would be as follow:
- A cute bump
- Changes in breast size and production of colostrum
- Braxton Hicks Contractions
- Increasing fundal height
- Round ligament pains
- Fluid retention and edema
- Back aches
- Restless leg syndrome
- Bleeding gums
- Persistent metallic taste in your mouth
- Changes in the appearance of your skin, nails and hair
- Congestion, colds and sinus problems
- Changes in vagina discharge
- Ups and downs of libido
[ Read: 20 Weeks Pregnant ]
1. Know your Fundal Height:
Pregnancy is the time in your life when you want to know more about what is happening to your body and your baby. One of the easiest ways to keep tab on the growth of your baby and your body is by knowing your fundal height.
Prior to your pregnancy, your uterus measures the size of your fist. It comfortably rests in your pelvis with its bottom portion sticking out as cervix in your vagina. The top part of your uterus is known as fundus and this is the part that expands during your pregnancy. Keeping a tab on your fundal height will keep your mind rest assured regarding the growth of your baby and changes in your body.
Measuring your Fundal Height:
- Lay flat on a hard surface and keep a flexible measuring tape handy.
- Locate your pubic bone first.
- Keep one end of the measuring tape on the pubic bone.
- Relax your muscles and look for the vague ridge of your uterus.
- This could be tough in beginning, but once you understand your body it becomes quite easy to locate your fundus.
- Measure your fundal height and make a note of it.
You can check this out every alternate week to keep an eye on your fundal height. It would be greatly assuring to know how much your baby is growing.
2. Braxton Hicks Contractions:
You should be familiar with another term known as Braxton Hicks Contractions in medical terms to avoid undue panic during your 19th week pregnancy. Sometime around the 19th week you may find the muscles of your uterus tightening. If you place your hands on your abdomen, you may actually feel the uterus hardening as the contraction takes place. It may last for about 30 minutes and may happen once in every 30-50 minutes. Typically, it does not cause you any discomfort, hence you may not even notice it if you are not looking for it.
These contractions are like practice contractions of your uterus which help in toning the uterine muscles. Braxton Hicks contractions work in similar way on your baby as a brisk massage would work on your skin. It helps the circulation of the baby and also keeps the baby alert.
Braxton Hicks Contractions can be mistaken for labor contractions in later pregnancy. Being familiar and knowing them from the beginning will help you avoid panic and anxiety of a labor hoax.
With the progress of your pregnancy the Braxton Hicks Contractions may become more intense and even painful at times. It is easy to confuse them for preterm labor. Watch them for sometime as they ease off on their own. You can change the activity you are doing or walk around a bit to relax the Braxton Hicks contractions.
Changes in Your Baby:
The great development for your baby in 19th week pregnancy is that she will no longer be measured from her crown to rump. She gets the same courtesy as you and will be measured from head to toe for her height.
Some other significant changes are
1. Motor Skills:
Your baby will develop her preference for right hand or the left.
2. Rapid Cognitive Development:
Her brain is working overtime and is developing millions of motor neurons – nerves that help the brain muscles to communicate. She is also forming the required complex connections that will develop the nerve cells that serve to enhance the sense of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing.
3. Sleep Pattern:
Your baby is sleeping for almost 20 hours in the comfort of your womb now, and she may not find the crib so comfy after her birth. Don’t expect her to repeat the same after birth. She keeps sending you clues about what is about to come by getting more active and kicking around the moment you decide to take some rest.
4. Developed Ovaries:
A baby girl will have ovaries with more than 6 million eggs which play a great part in reproduction.
5. Significant Body Changes:
The body is beginning to get into proper shape and proportions with the tiny hands and legs catching up with her growth.
6. Functioning of Kidneys:
Her kidneys are secreting urine into the amniotic sac which she drinks up again.
Take care not to get yourself exposed to loud or unpleasant sound. Your baby can go through discomfort and can be upset if you put her through loud noises. Try to keep your surroundings as pleasant as possible. Know that your baby feels what you go through more intensely than you believe that she does. Allow the family members to talk to your bump so that she will get used to their voices and recognize them after birth. It is also good to listen to soothing music which makes you feel peaceful. The dance beats can wait for now!
Size of Your Baby:
The would-be apple of your eye is of the size of an apple now. She measures about 6.0 inches (approx 15 cm) long and is weighing in at about 8.5 ounces (approx 250 gm).
Care and Tips for 19 Weeks Pregnancy:
Fun activity for the week would be to suddenly appear before your partner in luring lingerie he never expects you to wear for another year or two. Your libido which is on an upswing may help you come up with fun activities for the week. The pregnancy hormone estrogen is boosting the blood flow to your uterus and to your entire pelvic region. This increases vaginal lubrication and heightens sensitivity in your breasts and nipples. Your rise and fall in libido can be due to the hormonal changes as well.
Some women (and men as well) are worried by the myth that sex would hurt their baby during pregnancy. Except in some pregnancies where doctors advise couple to refrain from sex, there is no possibility of you hurting the baby during sex because the amniotic fluid and your cervix protect her. Just to be on the safer side do not try weird postures or allow your partner to blow air into the vagina which can be dangerous.
[ Read: Pregnancy Calendar | Momjunction ]
Are Herbs Safe During 19 Week Pregnancy?
Many people carry a wrong notion that all natural herbs and herbal medicines are always safe. It is important to know that certain herbs and herbal medicines can be harmful and dangerous during your pregnancy. Even though you may have consumed these herbs without any problem prior to your pregnancy some of them can cause miscarriage, premature birth, uterine contractions, or injury to the fetus when consumed during pregnancy. A simple laxative like Senna or herb like rosemary when consumed orally can lead to miscarriage. Herbs at times can be more dangerous than over the counter medicines.
Here is the list of unsafe or possibly unsafe herbs during your pregnancy:
- Saw Palmetto
- Dong Quai
- Pay D’ Arco
- Passion Flower
- Black Cohosh
- Blue Cohosh
- Roman Chamomile
- Chamomile (German)
- Nettles (Stinging Nettles)
- Ginseng (American & Korean)
- Evening Primrose
- Kava Kava
Tips for Dad-to-Be:
Enjoy some leisurely dinner in an exotic place with your partner just to assure her that your love for has not changed with her changing figure and status. It will also make you feel good to see that she can enjoy her food after all that throwing up she went through in the first trimester.
These are some vital changes that take place in the week 19 of your pregnancy. It is important to enjoy every moment of this phase in your life and embrace the oncoming celebration. A little passing discomfort is totally worth enduring.
Your baby feels what you feel. Be happy and teach your baby to be happy as well.
Are you in your 19th week of pregnancy? Do share your experiences with other moms here.
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