Fetal Development: Week 19

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Week 19 of your Pregnancy

Baby is now covered with a white, sticky, waxy protective coating called vernix which protects baby’s delicate skin in the amniotic fluid. (By the time baby is born, most of the vernix will be gone).

Baby’s genitals are now clearly visible and your second trimester ultrasound should be able to tell if you are having a boy or a girl.

This week sensory developments reaches its peak with the nerve cells for taste, smell, hearing, seeing and touch now developing in the specialized areas of the brain.

Gestational age: week 19The motor neurons between the muscles and the brain are connecting, giving your baby control over his/her movements, so he/she can kick, stretch and move at will.

Your baby’s around 6½ inches or 17 cm long and weighs around 9 ounces or 250 grams.

What to Expect

At 19 weeks your baby can hear your voice so start chatting to him or her.

If you have noticed that you have a lot of gas (burping and farting) or cannot cough or sneeze without wetting yourself, don’t panic, it is all part of being pregnant.

You may also be feeling some common pregnancy side effects such as aches and pains (most likely due to stretching of the round ligaments that support the uterus), dizziness, heartburn, constipation, leg cramps, mild swelling of ankles and feet and backache.

Tips for Week 19

Watch out for heartburn. Eating several small meals instead of 3 main meals often solves the problem.

If not, discuss what medication you can take with your doctor.

Find yourself comparing your bump to other pregnant women? Remember: Every woman will carry her pregnancy differently. Your pregnancy is unique to you.


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