At 19 weeks pregnant, you’re about halfway through your second trimester! Your pregnancy so far may have been a breeze, or perhaps you’ve had some bumps along the way.
By now, you’ve definitely got one bump, at least! And while the second trimester is typically easier than the first, it’s not without its own unique challenges—like learning how to walk as your center of gravity moves lower and you carry extra weight around your pelvis!
As your baby grows bigger and you your body continues to change, don’t miss any vital information. Take a look at this quick guide to learn everything you need to know about pregnancy week 19.
19 weeks pregnant: How about a sub?
Being 19 weeks pregnant is often accompanied by extreme hunger (which you’ve probably been dealing with for several weeks now!), so it’s unfortunate that everyone keeps comparing your growing baby to foods. But this week it’s no different! By now you’re little guy is about 6 inches long, so he’s the size of a large mango, a grapefruit, or…a delicious sub sandwich! (Take your pick.) Here’s what else he’s up to this week:
- He weighs about half a pound.
- Most of his body parts will be growing at a pretty proportional weight, whereas earlier each week certain parts were playing catch up with the rest.
- His movements are more coordinated and fluid.
- He’s covered in a protective substance around his skin called vernix caseosa, which will stick with him until birth.
19 weeks pregnant: Whoa, Charlie Horse!
By 19 weeks pregnant, you’ve already been dealing with some of those pesky second trimester symptoms for a few weeks. In addition to feeling monstrous hunger, backaches, constipation, and dizziness, there are also some other changes that could show up around this time. Here’s what you might experience during pregnancy week 19:
- Leg cramps, especially at night (also known as Charlie Horses) that could keep or wake you up.
- Possibly feeling movement from the baby, though at this point they could still feel more like “flutters” or even gas bubbles
- You’re more susceptible to getting yeast infections
- Stretch marks on your belly (or possibly other body parts because of weight gain)
- Swelling in your feet and ankles
- Red patches on the palms of your hands, caused by pregnancy hormones (Don’t worry, it’s temporary!)
- Chloasma, or the appearance of dark spots on your face and body, plus the darkening of existing freckles, scars, nipples, and other tender areas (This will also disappear shortly after giving birth.)
You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the skin changes that you’ve been experiencing by 19 weeks pregnant, but remember that they are all a completely normal part of carrying a child. Approximately 90% of all pregnant women get stretch marks, so you are definitely not alone! If you want to try to minimize the appearance of stretch marks, you have options. But be aware that no treatments are likely to prevent them entirely. Many women swear by cocoa butter and use it daily. Look for creams designed to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, especially if they contain vitamin E - they can work, even if they don't do miracles. The other option is to embrace them: stretch marks are a testimony of the beautiful moment you're living.
On the other hand, if the dark spots mentioned earlier are bothering you, try to avoid direct sunlight, which will worsen the problem. Wearing hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves on sunny days can help. Also, use sunscreen with SPF 40 or higher, and reapply every hour.
19 weeks pregnant: Don’t forget the anomaly scan and triple/quadruple blood screening!
Pregnancy week 19 is within the window of time when you can have the anomaly scan (between pregnancy week 18 and pregnancy week 20), which was explained thoroughly in the 18 weeks pregnant article. Essentially, the anomaly scan is an in-depth ultrasound and blood analysis that looks for any developmental abnormalities and checks how the organs are functioning.
This week is also within the window for the triple or quadruple blood screening (between pregnancy week 15 and pregnancy week 20), which was explained in the 15 weeks pregnant article. You don’t want to miss this chance to check for the possibility of your baby having a chromosomal disorder like Down Syndrome.
As your baby grows rapidly during the next few weeks, you’re likely to notice pretty significant changes in your own body week by week. Don’t let small things like stretch marks, or temporary inconveniences like swollen feet, take away from the joy of pregnancy. You’re 19 weeks pregnant! Don’t forget that this is a magical time in your life that creates a one-of-a-kind connection between you and your child. Enjoy every week!