Pregnancy Week 19
Pregnancy Week 19

By now, the baby's weight has reached that of a juicy Mango.

As you enter week 19 of your pregnancy, you’re approaching the halfway point of this exciting journey. You may notice that your belly is starting to show a bit more as your uterus is now likely above navel level. 

This is not the only thing happening, though. Keep reading to find out what else you can expect during this week of your pregnancy.

Pregnancy Week 19 Quick Facts

  • At 19 weeks, you’re five months pregnant
  • You have 21 weeks until your due time “Calculate your due date”
  • You’re in your second trimester

Your Unborn Baby’s Size at 19 Weeks

During this stage of your pregnancy, your developing baby measures around 6.02 inches in length and weighs approximately 8.47 ounces, which is roughly equivalent to the weight of a mango. These measurements can also be expressed as 152.9 millimeters in length and 240 grams in weight.

Pregnancy Symptoms Week 19

Overheating in pregnancy : Pregnancy can cause overheating due to hormonal changes and increased blood flow to the skin. To alleviate this, it’s recommended to wear loose-fitting clothes and maintain proper hydration.

Are you getting pelvic pain?

During pregnancy, it is possible to experience pelvic pain, also referred to as pelvic girdle pain. This occurs when the pelvic joints become stiff or move unevenly at the back or front of the pelvis. Although this condition doesn’t harm the baby, it can cause significant discomfort to the mother.

As your belly continues to grow, you may notice new or recurring symptoms such as round ligament pain, swelling of the feet and ankles, and fetal movement. It’s not uncommon for the swelling to affect the size of your feet, as you may find yourself needing larger shoes to accommodate the swelling.

However, it’s important to note that swelling can also be a symptom of high blood pressure, so it’s essential to have your healthcare provider examine you to ensure everything is okay. If your blood pressure is normal, then swelling may just be a normal part of your pregnancy.

By this stage in your pregnancy, you may also start to feel your unborn baby move, if you haven’t already.

Typically, it feels like a flutter in your lower abdomen, and it’s more likely you’ll feel it now if you’ve been pregnant before. 

Prenatal Tests and Doctor’s Appointments

During the 19th week of pregnancy, the following prenatal tests may be scheduled:

  • Amniocentesis: This test is usually performed between weeks 15 and 20, if recommended.
  • Level 2 ultrasound: This ultrasound is typically conducted between weeks 18 and 22.
  • Maternal serum screening or quad screen blood test: This test is usually performed between weeks 15 and 22.

These tests are important to monitor the health and development of the baby and detect any potential complications or abnormalities. It’s essential to discuss any concerns or questions with your healthcare provider and follow their recommendations for prenatal testing to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your baby.

– Risk in the 19th week of pregnancy

If you notice any of the following symptoms during your 19th week of pregnancy, it’s important to contact your healthcare provider immediately:

  • If there is a sudden rush of fluid from your vagina.
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Fever accompanied by pain
  • Lower back pain or alterations in your usual backache.
  • Menstrual-type cramps
  • Pain or discomfort when you urinate
  • Pink or brown vaginal discharge

These symptoms may be indicative of potential complications such as preterm labor, infection, or other concerns that require prompt medical attention. 

Developmental Milestones

At week 19 of pregnancy, there are several developmental milestones for both single and twin pregnancies. Here are some of them:

Single pregnancy:

  • The baby’s skin is still translucent and is covered with vernix, a waxy substance that protects the skin from the amniotic fluid.
  • The baby’s hearing is developing and they can now hear the mother’s heartbeat, voice, and other sounds from outside the womb.
  • The baby’s movements are becoming more coordinated and they may start to suck their thumb.
  • The uterus is growing and may be felt about 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) below the belly button.

Twin pregnancy:

  • The babies’ movements are becoming more coordinated and they may start to interact with each other in the womb.
  • The uterus is growing larger than in a single pregnancy and may be felt about 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) below the belly button.
  • The babies may be positioned differently in the womb, with one baby head-down and the other breech (bottom-first).