19 weeks pregnant: advice, symptoms and what to expect

week 19

by Maria Martin |

At nineteen weeks pregnant, your baby’s lungs are developing, and this week her windpipes will start to form. You might also start to feel her moving this week and your 20 week scan is not too far away. Here are any symptoms you can expect and what your baby and your body are doing at 19 weeks.

How big is my baby at 19 weeks pregnant?

Your growing baby is now around six inches long, which is about the size of a mango! She’s had a bit of a growth spurt this week and weighs about half a pound now.

What’s my baby doing at 19 weeks pregnant?

This week, fat is starting to develop on your baby’s body, although she’ll still look pretty skinny. She’ll also be covered in a waxy substance, medically referred to as vernix caseosa. This is greasy and white and made up of hair, oil and dead skin cells. It might not sound too appealing, but it does an important job protecting your baby’s soft and sensitive skin from the amniotic fluid she’s living in. In fact, without the vernix, she’d look like she’d been in a bath for nine months! Most babies will lose their vernix coating before they are born, but some babies, especially those born early still have some and it will be wiped off by your midwife after birth.

At week 19, the pigmentation in your baby’s skin is also beginning to develop, thanks to melanocytes – skin cells that produce the skin pigment melanin – and this will continue after he’s born and well into childhood.

"By now, your baby is also moving around a lot, so you can expect to start feeling those tiny flutters anywhere between 18 and 22 weeks. That said, every woman and every baby is different, so if you’re not feeling any movement, this isn’t a sign anything is wrong."

By now, your baby is also moving around a lot, so you can expect to start feeling those tiny flutters anywhere between 18 and 22 weeks. That said, every woman and every baby is different, so if you’re not feeling any movement, this isn’t a sign anything is wrong. Some of it is down to your size, as the thinner you are the more likely you are to feel those movements earlier. It’s also largely down to your baby’s position – if she’s facing into your body, it’s much more difficult to perceive these early movements. Don’t worry if you haven’t felt anything yet – you will do in a few weeks' time!

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1) Leg cramps

Unfortunately you'll feel leg cramps more when you’re lying in bed at night. No one really knows why they choose to interrupt your much-needed sleep, but when those painful leg cramps do strike, try straightening your leg and gently flexing your ankle and toes towards your shins.

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