19 Weeks Pregnant
So what do you think: Is it a boy or a girl? At 19 weeks pregnant, you’re probably getting psyched for your mid-pregnancy ultrasound. Most parents-to-be think of this test as the chance to find out baby’s sex (if you didn’t already in the first trimester through prenatal testing), but you will actually see a lot more than baby’s boy or girl parts. You’ll see all of baby’s body—inside and out—and you’ll be amazed at all the development going on at week 19 of pregnancy. That’s exciting!
Baby is as big as a mango at 19 weeks of pregnancy. At about 6.0 inches long and weighing in at about 8.5 ounces, your 19-week fetus continues to get bigger!
Nineteen weeks pregnant is four months pregnant, but remember, doctors track your progress through pregnancy by week, not month. In another week, you’ll be halfway through. Can you believe it?
Normal 19 weeks pregnant symptoms aren’t severe—they’re more like annoyances. Of course, that doesn’t mean that dealing with them is easy. These are a few of the not-so-fun symptoms you may be feeling at 19 weeks:
- Abdominal aches and pains. Round ligament pain is that discomfort in your lower 19-week pregnant belly. It’s caused by your muscles stretching to accommodate baby. Let your OB know if any ache or pain concerns you, but as long it’s not intense or accompanied by other symptoms, these are just growing pains.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness. Feeling faint? We’ve been witness to more than one pregnant woman passing out. If it happens to you, know you’re not alone. Dizziness during pregnancy can happen because your growing uterus puts pressure on your blood vessels. Plus, baby is crowding your lungs, so there’s less oxygen for you! But there are other things that contribute to lightheadedness, including dehydration and hunger, so take care of yourself and eat and drink regularly.
- Leg cramps. Ugh—we feel your pain! One way to ease these ouchies: stretching. Extend your leg and flex your ankle and toes toward your knees. (Some prenatal yoga might help too.) Or enlist your partner for a calf (and back!) massage.
- Hip pain. If hip pain bothers you at night, try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees. Those giant body pillows might seem big and dorky, but we can’t sing the praises of them enough—especially if you’re 19 weeks pregnant with twins. Cave in and get one.
At 19 weeks pregnant, weight gain might start to concern you, since you’ve probably put on between 8 and 14 pounds so far—that’s totally normal. During a typical pregnancy, women should gain about 3 to 5 pounds in the first trimester, then add 1 to 2 pounds a week in the second trimester. If your weight gain to date is higher or lower than that, talk to your doctor about whether or not it’s cause for concern.
Can you feel baby move at 19 weeks pregnant?
Whoa! Did you feel that? There’s nothing like feeling your baby kick for the first time! That special moment, called the quickening, usually takes place sometime between weeks 16 and 22. With baby at 19 weeks, you’re definitely ready to feel some fluttering, if you haven’t already! It won’t be time yet for your partner or anyone else to feel those kicks, so savor this bonding time between you and baby.
At your mid-pregnancy ultrasound, which is coming up very soon, the technician will scan pretty much all of baby’s body—including the brain, spine and heart—to make sure everything’s developing properly. It’s so cool to see all that up close! And, if you want to know baby’s sex, the technician will probably be able to tell you. Don’t leave without getting some printouts from the scan to take home with you and show off.
Of course, going in for your ultrasound isn’t the only thing you should be planning ahead for around week 19 of pregnancy; you should also probably start the search for a pediatrician. Start by asking some family and friends for recommendations and then make a few appointments to meet with the staff. Ask a lot of questions to find out which doctor you most jive with. It’s important to find someone you trust, since you’ll be seeing a whole lot of each other in baby’s first year.
What is baby doing at 19 weeks in the womb?
At 19 weeks, baby is working on their five senses. Yep, nerve cells for sense of taste, hearing, sight and smell are all developing in baby's brain. A 19-week fetus has already learned to suck and now adds swallowing to their bag of tricks. And of course, baby is very busy moving around!
What does baby look like in the womb at 19 weeks?
Your 19-week fetus is developing a protective coating over their skin called vernix caseosa. It's greasy and white, and you may see some of it at birth. Baby also has lanugo, a downy dusting of hair all over the body, and hair is coming in on their head too. At the next ultrasound, you’ll see baby’s nose, ears, and lips—how exciting! (And your doctor will likely be able to tell you if you’re having a boy or a girl—doubly exciting!)
Baby your belly
Ease round ligament pain in your 19 week pregnant belly by applying warm compresses, resting when you can and gently stretching with a cat/cow pose. If you experience pain that doesn’t go away or makes it difficult to get through your day, talk with your doctor to rule out other causes.
Take things slow
You’re almost at the halfway point of your pregnancy, so you may be trying to get a lot done before baby comes. But rushing around can lead to dizziness or lightheadedness. Move slowly if you feel tired or out of sorts, especially when you're standing up from a seated or prone position. Everything will get done, so take it easy!
Add superfoods to your diet
Eating well throughout pregnancy is key for both you and baby. Incorporate nutrient-packed foods into your meals, including eggs, salmon, leafy greens, nuts, yogurt and oatmeal. They’re nutritious and delicious!
Strike a pose
Prenatal yoga is a great antidote for pain from leg cramps, backaches and hip issues. Don’t try it without clearing it with your doctor first, though, and make sure you find a prenatal class with modified poses for pregnant women.
Reminders for the week:
Medical content was reviewed Novemember 2020 by Patricia Pollio, MD, a New York-based ob-gyn and director of the department of obstetrics & gynecology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York.