Pregnancy Week 19

Woman who is 19 weeks pregnant

Congratulations! You are one week closer to meeting your baby. Here is what you can expect this week.

Pregnancy Week 19: What changes are occurring with your body?

Round ligament pain is most common during the second trimester. Women begin complaining of a sharp pain in their abdomen or hip area that is either on one side or both. Some women even report pain that extends into the groin area. Round ligament pain is considered a normal part of pregnancy as your body goes through many different changes.

Pregnancy Week 19: How big is your baby?

Your baby has grown so much during these 19 weeks but is still a little under 7 inches (17.8 cm) long and weighs about 7 ounces (.2 kg). Don’t worry, he/she still has a lot of growing left to do.*

Pregnancy Week 19: What is happening with your baby?

While your baby is continuing to grow, the development that is occurring is very specific. For example, the kidneys are making urine, and hair is beginning to sprout on his/her scalp. The parts of the brain that are responsible for the senses are specializing. If you are having a baby girl, she already has 6 million eggs formed in her ovaries.*

Pregnancy Week 19: What should you plan for this week?

You may have grown accustomed to using herbs to treat medical and health problems. Now that you are pregnant it is important to be careful in these practices. We would advise you not to take any herbal remedy without first contacting your healthcare provider or herbalist. Many herbs that you might think are completely harmless may stimulate uterine muscles that could cause a miscarriage. It is always best to play it safe. We have done some research on some natural common herbs that can and can not be used, but again check with a health care professional before using any type of herb or medication.

Pregnancy Week 19: Tips for making your pregnancy better

Many women complain of dizziness as a part of their pregnancy. Dizziness during pregnancy is often caused by hypotension or low blood pressure. Whenever you lie down, your uterus is putting pressure on the aorta and vena cava, major blood vessels in your body. The pressure on these major blood vessels is called supine hypotension. Supine hypotension can be alleviated by not sleeping on your back and instead sleeping in a side lying position. Postural hypotension occurs when you rise quickly from a sitting, squatting, or kneeling position. Gravity causes your blood pressure to drop which results in you feeling dizzy; this can be avoided by rising slowly.

Pregnancy Week 19: Tips for mom’s partner

Do something with your partner that she knows that you dislike doing. Try to do this willingly, and without complaining. A little bit of effort can go a long way.