Your Pregnancy: Week 19

Pregnancy week by week: You are 19 weeks pregnant


 

Your Body

Your uterus is now situated somewhere near your belly button and will continue to grow at a rate of one centimetre each week.

It’s common for pregnant women to feel lightheaded from rising too quickly. Gravity, a drop in blood pressure and low blood sugar can contribute to dizzy spells. Listen to your body, it’s sending you a message to relax and wait a few seconds for it to rebalance itself. Don’t skip meals or forget to snack (carry fruit, crackers, nuts and granola bars in your purse).

Do you constantly feel famished despite regular trips to the kitchen or wake up hungry? The answer is simple: your pregnant body is working diligently to maximize your caloric intake — 350 calories per day are recommended in the second trimester of pregnancy — to nourish baby. Continue to eat sensibly rather than gorging. Healthy snack choices include hardboiled eggs, cottage cheese and dried fruit.

Higher progesterone levels may be giving you indigestion, slowing stomach contractions and shifting your digestion into slow-motion. Your doctor can recommend a safe over-the-counter antacid. You can also ease discomfort by planning smaller meals, chewing each bite of food slowly and allowing food to digest for a minimum of three hours before retiring to bed.

Baby’s World

He is the approximately the size of a mango, measuring 13 to 15 cm. (5.1 – 5.9 in.) from crown to rump and weighing 200 g (0.44 lb.). His five senses are at the pinnacle of their development and beginning to fulfill their unique roles in preparation for life outside the womb. He’s uber-active, performing midair somersaults and jabs and kicks with regularity. He’s more coordinated now that his arms and legs are proportionate to his trunk. He has recognizable patterns of activity and rest and a favourite sleeping position. His circulatory system and urinary tract are both working at full capacity. If you’re pregnant with a girl, she’s carrying around six million eggs in her ovaries.

Fun Fact

An insulating layer called myelin forms around nerves so impulses can be transmitted rapidly and efficiently throughout baby’s body.

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