You have reached week 19, and you are just a week away from being midway through your pregnancy. The baby will now weigh more than your placenta but doesn’t have enough in the form of body fat. The baby will measure about 14cm long, and they will weigh 240g. He/she will be just the size of that of a mango. Your baby develops each day and their activities in the womb increases day by day. However, now you start to feel them kick and twitch.
The arms and legs of the baby will now be in proportion and will start moving with more limb control as the cartilage starts hardening to the bone.
Their skin now loses its transparent look and starts to develop pigment which will decide their skin tone. They will now also be coated in Vernix Caseosa, which is a thin waxy like substance that aids in protecting your babies skin from the amniotic fluid.
It’s also possible to start to grow hair on their scalp, though it’ll be pigment-free and white as hair colour is yet to be determined.
The baby’s body is struggling very hard to grow strong and healthy, especially its little heart.
Their brain is also proceeding to develop along with the specific areas for taste, vision, smell, hearing, and touch. It is possible that your baby can now hear your voice.
Sometimes you might be able to identify a foot, or an elbow and your partner might enjoy experiencing those movements. This way, the bonding between your partner and your baby also increases.
Your raised bump size could be causing you heartburn or perhaps indigestion by 19 weeks.
The rise of hormones in your body could also leave you feeling a little exhausted at times – this is generally harmless in pregnancy.
Some mums experience blurry vision at this stage. This is mainly because of water retention and it usually, corrects itself after birth.
The sensory organs of your baby will be developing. The brain of the baby is designating special areas for taste, smell, vision, hearing and touch. Some study suggests that the baby may be able to hear your voice. The baby will now weigh around 8 and a half ounces and will measure 6 inches, crown to bottom – around the size of an heirloom tomato.
The baby will now be just the size of a mango. The baby’s legs are now longer than his arms.
Baby’s Length: The length of the baby will be around 6.02 inches.
Baby’s Weight: The baby will weigh around 8.47 oz.
Brain: This is a critical time for the sensory development. Your baby’s brain is choosing specific areas for hearing, smell, vision, taste and touch.
Leg: The legs and arms of the baby are now in the right proportions to each other and the rest of its body.
Scalp: Hair is growing on the scalp of the baby.
Uterus: You may be feeling some achiness in your lower abdomen caused by the stretching of the ligaments that support your growing uterus.
The tummy will start growing even faster after this week. As a result, you may find some achiness in your lower abdomen or even an irregular brief, piercing pain on one or both sides – particularly when you change position. The ligaments that support your uterus are expanding to accommodate its growing weight.
You might even have red palms. This is also quite common and is nothing to worry about. This is due to the extra oestrogen. You may also have spots of darkened skin created by a temporary rise in pigment. When these darker patches appear on the upper lip, forehead and cheeks, they’re called chloasma, or otherwise, it is known as “mask of pregnancy.” You may also find some darkening of your nipples, scars, freckles, inner thighs, underarms, and vulva. That darkened line moving from your belly button to the pubic bone is known as the linea nigra or the “dark line.”
These darkened spots will possibly fade shortly after the delivery. Meanwhile, protect yourself from the sun, which increases the pigment changes.You can wear a brimmed hat, and perhaps use sunscreen when you go out. And if you’re self-conscious regarding your “mask,” a little concealing makeup can help you with that.