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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 19

 
 
 
 
 
How big is your baby?
This week your baby measures 15.3cm (6.02 inches) and weighs in at around 240g (8.47 ounces).

Your baby's weight will increase more than 15 times between now and when you give birth.
 
 
Your baby's development
If you are having a girl, then you will find that she already has primitive egg cells in her ovaries! Girls are born with all the eggs they will ever have in their life time already in their ovaries.
 
Over the next few days the vernix caseosa will begin to form over your baby's body. This is a creamy looking substance which forms as a protective layer over your baby's skin. This protects the developing glands and sensory cells, and is composed of dead skin cells, oils and lanugo.
 
Your baby will also start developing fat deposits around the neck, chest and crotch. This acts as an insulator and keeps your baby warm.
 
Your baby will be sleeping now much as a new born baby would, and would already be finding its 'favourite' position to sleep in. Most babies will sleep with their chin tucked into the chest, or with the head tilted backwards.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Your development
Your uterus will now be about 1/2 inch (1.27cm) below your bellybutton, and your weight gain at this stage should be between 8-14 pounds (3.6-6.4 kg). Of all this weight only 7 ounces (0.19kg's) of this is your baby!
 
Feeling dizzy during pregnancy is a fairly common pregnancy symptom, which is usually caused by Hypotension (low blood pressure). Most doctors will routinely check your blood pressure during the course of your pregnancy, but be sure to mention any dizziness if you experience it.
 
 
Your body
Your constant concern for your baby's health may give way to reassurance if you feel your baby's first movements, which often happens between weeks 18 and 20. These first movements are known as quickening, and they may feel like butterflies in your stomach or a growling stomach. Later in your pregnancy, you'll feel kicks, punches, and possibly hiccups!
 
Each baby has different movement patterns, but if you're concerned or if the movements have decreased in frequency or intensity, talk to your doctor.
 
Many women wonder around this time whether having sex will hurt their developing baby, and the answer is no. Sex is considered safe at all stages of pregnancy, as long as your pregnancy is normal. But that doesn't necessarily mean you're going to want to have it. Many expectant women find that their desire for sex fluctuates during the various stages of pregnancy, depending on their fatigue, growing size, anxiousness over the birth, and a host of other body changes.
 
Keep the lines of communication with your partner open as these issues come up. Even though you may both be preoccupied with the baby, it's also important to have some "together time."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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