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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

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.

What to Think About This Week:

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.

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Symptoms and Fetal Development of 19 Weeks of Pregnancy:

This article is concerned about the third week 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. 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 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. 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. To get rid of the pain is probably impossible, but what you can do is simple. It consists of a cold compress or a hot bag. You get the idea don’t you? Most often, these work just as great as pain killers. And since you are pregnant and drug use is restricted, this would be a good place to start.

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’. Don’t worry. Just keep a good deal of oil and Aloe Vera around. This will keep your skin hydrated and fewer marks will show. Drink water the whole time like it is the end of the world.

Round Ligament Pain:

This one is an important change of symptoms as the 19th week shows the day. It so happens as you know that like every organ, your uterus as well is supported by ligaments. Now that you are in the growing stage and there is so much happening to you, your ligaments feel the stretch trying to hold your belly in place. This pull sometimes leads to sharp pains every now and then. These usually last for a few seconds and if it gets more than that, call your doctor right away. Now, talking of how to overcome the situation you have been put in, the best way out is to try and use your feet and kick it up. Get into a comfortable position if that helps, but in case the pain gets severe, the whole feet kick thing should do the trick. If none of that helps, your practitioner will be your best aid.

Mood Swings:

Now that it’s your 19th week, you will most certainly feel the change setting in. And this will bring in a lot of setbacks and changes in your mood. At odd hours of the day you will find yourself being happy about your situation, while on other days, for long stretches you will sit and want to do nothing but sulk. You cannot blame yourself obviously. It is the doing of the hormones and you need to handle it like a pro. To get through the whole situation, try to sleep it off, but you can also work on your diet and talk to a counsellor if need be, because remember, your situation might get worse and you do not want that with all the stress already bothering you. Sleep routines are an important factor in regulating your emotions as well.

False Contractions:

By this month, you will start to experience the ever dreaded ones called Braxton Hicks Contractions. They usually start midway. It is more usual and occurs due to the dehydration of the body. The uterus will contract gently on and off hence the tightening sensation occurs when the uterus get bigger. It is just because of uterus getting toned and making it reedy for rigours of labour. Drinking plenty of water will be more effective on it.

19thWeek Activities:

It is about time for you to figure out everything and settle down your mind and make up for the issues that have been bothering you so far. Most of the activities this week will comprise of work dilemmas, anxiety and hormonal changes. And the baby will designate its brain for the sense organs such as smell, taste, hearing, vision and touch. Baby will be able to hear the speech, hence don’t hesitate to sing, talk etc. doting this week the ligaments supporting uterus will began to expand to accommodate the increasing weight of the baby. If there is pain just make sure you take some rest.

Diet and Exercise for the 19thWeek:


  • If you are a vegetarian, tofu and soybeans should help you with your protein level maintenance. On the other hand if you are a non-vegetarian your usual lean meat content should do just fine.
  • For the healthy development of blood cells in your child, don’t forget your iron supplements and folic acid in your diet. Spinach and bananas should be your hot choice.
  • While calcium supplements are healthy, they alone cannot suffice as your source for your baby’s bone development. Dairy products should be a must in your 19th week therefore.
  • Do not forget the veggies in your diet, since they will load you up with all the needed nutrients. Cabbage, Pumpkin, Tomatoes and Beans are our personal picks.
  • Fruits are often a smart choice when you are looking for a healthy pregnancy diet. They can serve as your breakfast opener and also become the rightful snacks for hunger cravings.


  • The increasing weight of the baby will make more stress to the spine, hence make some stretches for the spine, and shoulder back and tilt neck forward.
  • Walking is the best way to de stress and gaining weight will also make extra stress to the spin walking will burn some extra calories intake.
  • In the pregnancy exercise list Stretching, won’t miss out as it is one of the safest exercise and the easiest.
  • The flexibility in the vaginal area can be increased with the kegel exercise so that it will be less painful in the delivery time.

Sex During Pregnancy in 19th Week:

It is absolutely normal to have sex during pregnancy. It is not linked with the baby as the thick mucus plug seals the cervix and safeguard the baby from infection. The strong muscles of the uterus and amniotic sac will also prevent the baby. However, It is not preferred to have sex if you are supposed to have sex if bleeding, having pains or cramps, broken waters, a history of cervical weakness, a low lying placenta.

Tips to Overcome Stress During Pregnancy:

  • It is good for the baby to relax make chat and sing to the unborn baby, they can hear you. Listen to your body in case you are exhausted. Go to bed as soon as possible.as your body is working more to nourish the baby. Expect motherhood crisis to crowd up your mind.
  • Pampering yourself might be a good idea at this stage, since you need to feel better and uplift your mood.
  • Weigh your health and your risks, and decide what’s best for you. Don’t let others pile their decisions on you and work you up.
  • Partnering is something that learn long way, Be more honest to the partner. It is not fair to over burden yourself with stress, share all things with partner.
  • Go for regular checkups to avoid stress about how baby’s health. This is not only necessary, but also stops ruining your health when you worry about the whole situation.

Medical Treatments and Checkup:

The usual baby monitoring medical checks will be on. This means more of ultrasounds and less of blood tests. While your conditions might not get worse, you probably want to put these medicines on your shopping list:

  • Soreness- Anything expect Ibuprofen. Preferably choose Acetaminophen.
  • Allergy- Allegra and Xryzal should seal the deal.
  • Cough- Expectorants are best for your situation.
  • Constipation- Metamucil is welcome, but laxatives are to be avoided.
  • Indigestion: Try Antacids, but avoid Proton Pump Inhibitors entirely.

Tips and Precautions:

  • Beware of Braxton Hicks, and try to recognize the difference between each contraction soon enough. Although not harmful, unusual symptoms must be reported.
  • Do not forget to baby proof the house to keep your little one out of harm’s way. Starting early only means better safety and lesser stress.
  • For freezing your umbilical cord in case you need it, this is the perfect time to get the paperwork started and worked on.
  • Cut off your junk food entirely, since it affects your body in a negative way and excess fat might put you at risk to cardiovascular diseases.
  • Do not ignore any symptom that seems unusual. This can be bleeding, spotting, immense pain and so on.

Now that the 19th week is here seek advices from people who have been pregnant before. They know a great deal about the whole situation and will help you out. Of course, each pregnancy is unique and chances are what they faced won’t be your scenario at all. Knowing about your symptoms though, will help your condition better.

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