19 Weeks of Pregnancy – Symptoms and Fetal Development

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Bringing a new born life to the world might be just the cutest thing ever, but the sweet turmoil former to the birth is a bed full of thorny roses. For some it is as easy as anything, going through the processes and routines. For others, especially first time moms with second hand information it can be a nightmare of a time. It is always two of us, the two parents who decides whether they want to bring a new life to earth or not. Once they do, somewhere in between the shifting through baby names comes the responsibility of the heavy decision.

It is here when the routine kicks in. the first few weeks, or one month goes in substantial problems such as early morning sickness and repeated mood swings. Every morning at the crack of dawn the mother runs to the bathroom and within months that completely escalades into a fabulous baby bump which she is proud to show off to. Even though pregnancy is a beautiful thing often somewhere within the laborious nine months, there follows a strict routine and some sleepless nights until you finally get to hold the miracle in your arms.

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19 Weeks of Pregnancy

While the responsibility of owning a life forming inside you is both difficult and magical, this juxtaposing feeling makes the mother endure through these tough months as she keeps her eyes fixed on her prize. Now we all sum up pregnancy in 9 months but due to the frequent doctoral supervision and run-ins with your doctors pregnancy is counted in weekly form as in a total of 40 weeks makes up the entire pregnancy process. This is further dissected and categorized into three sections.

The first trimester where mostly all that happens is the amalgamation of the sperm and the egg happens is the first stage to pregnancy. The egg now called a blastocyst travels through the fallopian tube and attaches itself to the ovary walls, also known as placenta. From there the journey begins as the baby turns into an embryo and then finally a fetus whereas the first trimester moves onto the second. The third trimester is the last stage with the 40th week seeing the baby coming out to the real world. But within these three trimesters the fetus undergoes lots of changes, good changes.

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Symptoms and Fetal Development of 19 Weeks of Pregnancy:

This article is concerned about the 19 weeks pregnant and here are some of the common developments your fetus goes through during this week.

Skin Change:

After a long day at the pool party don’t you feel your skin wrinkled and crooked, especially the finger beds at the top which is more wrinkled than your grandmother’s skin. That is because of the excessive exposure to water which is why the skin becomes crumpled. Imagine floating in fluid for nine months and what it will do to your skin. In our ovary, the free space other than the baby is filled with amniotic fluid which is why at around this stage the Vernix starts developing in the baby. Maybe by the end of this week your baby will be covered in greasy white veil which is in medical terms the vernix caseosa. The lanugo or the soft brown hair covering your baby’s body forms a part of this. This soft cover protects the baby’s skin from crumpling.

Nervous System:

At around this time, the baby’s nervous system is becoming more and more functional with each passing moment. The nerves interconnected with each other are now growing stronger as is his heartbeat. The impulse rate is becoming fast too which signifies her growing senses such as smell, touch. Now your baby is more aware of your sound. Her eyes are now adjusting itself to sight.

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Physical – Baby Size and Weight:

Your baby at this point of time might still be the size of a softball with 6 inches length and 8.5 ounces weight. Initially when the baby is formed the head is bigger than the rest of the body. The body then by the end of this week grows into normal proportions even though he still moves around a bit. The rumbling rolling feeling in your stomach is most probably him rolling about playing. Certain senses such as smiling or yawn can be noticed in your baby too. If you’re lucky enough one might even catch one of her actions during ultrasound.

Baby Hair:

It is also around this time that small spec of hair is noticed in his scalp as he starts growing hair.

Finger Print:

With time, the baby’s fingers start becoming prominent. Then comes the small fingernails which are still soft and incomplete at this point of time. At around this time, the slow emerging of fingerprints can be noticed. During this week your baby will grow its own prominent fingerprint.


By the 19th week of pregnancy if you are carrying a girl there is already a deposit of 6 million eggs in her ovaries waiting for her 11th birthday. If you have a male his scrotum is already descending down and his genitalia is finally growing into a shape.

With the baby, the baby’s mother also transits through changes.

Abdomen Pain:

With time the uterus grows more and more and in this week you felt a weird stretch in your abdomen with a stinging pain feeling due baby position and abnormal movement. Some times you may observe no movement of baby in your womb. Doctors blame this on your stretched out baby bump which is slowly taking a full shape now. The constricted muscles in your abdomen and ovarian wall are now experiencing pressure as it fills out like a balloon. This might be the reason why this week there might be a slight pain in your abdomen area. This is when certain stretch marks set in.

Mask of Pregnancy:

This might be a scary thought but the dark patches in your face are not because of any skin condition. This is a normal event for some where the symptom includes soft but brown patches in the face. One can easily bear with it until the end when it disappears on its own. Doctors claim this to be a medical condition called chloasma or the ‘mask of pregnancy’.

Growing tummy not only indicates the weeks of pregnancy and also shows the happiness to come. With little care in diet and along with good exercise we can cross this stage without pain and can come true your dreams.

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