19 WEEKS PREGNANT - African Mommy

19 WEEKS PREGNANT

At week 19 you are just a week away from being half way through your pregnancy! You probably can’t wait for your mid-pregnancy ultrasound and if you would like to know the sex of your baby, you might be even more excited. Here’s what to expect this week.

YOUR GROWING BABY
Your baby is about 6.0 inches long and weighing in at about 8.5 ounces, almost as big as a mango. She will continue to grow and get even bigger. In the next few weeks, you’ll feel her twisting, rolling, kicking and punching.

19 WEEKS PREGNANT SYMPTOMS

Abdominal aches and pains. You might still feel round ligament pain because of your muscles stretching to accommodate your baby. As long as the pain you feel is not intense or accompanied by other symptoms, these are just growing pains, otherwise contact your OB.

Dizziness or lightheadedness. Lightheadedness during pregnancy can happen because your growing uterus puts pressure on your blood vessels. Your baby is also crowding your lungs, so there’s less oxygen for you! But there are other things that contribute to lightheadedness, including dehydration, hunger and low sugar levels so take care of yourself and eat and drink. If you find yourself feeling faint too often, you might want to check that with your doctor.

Hip pain. If hip pain bothers you especially at night, it could be because your body releases hormones that allow connective tissue to relax and soften and the joints and ligaments between the bones in your pelvis will begin to loosen. To ease the pain,try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees.

Stuffy nose.
Pregnancy hormones can often cause swelling in your nasal passages which makes it hard to breathe. Try unblocking your nose by gently closing one nostril and blowing out of the other.

19 WEEKS PREGNANT BELLY AND BODY
At 19 weeks pregnant, your baby’s movement inside your belly is probably becoming noticeable to you. Right now, these tiny movements probably feel more like taps or flutters—or even gas—but they’ll grow stronger over the next few weeks. You might start to get concerned with your weight gain this week. If your weight is higher or lower than 8 to 14 pound, talk to your doctor about it.

19 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
Your baby, at 19 weeks is developing his five senses. The nerve cells for sense of taste, hearing, sight, and smell are all developing in his brain. He’s also developing vernix caseosa, a greasy and white protective coat over his skin.

PREGNANCY TO-DO LIST AT 19 WEEKS PREGNANT
Get a pediatrician
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