19 weeks pregnant: Your baby, your body and more

Welcome to the 19th Week of your pregnancy. You’re now midway through month five.

Your baby at week 19

At week 19, your little one has developed most of what he or she needs,  they will be focused on getting bigger. Your baby is about 6.0 inches long and weighing about 8.5 ounces, about the size of a Magic 8-Ball.

Your body at 19 weeks pregnant 

Your body is working hard at this stage to make a temporary home for your baby as you continue to gain weight. Your breasts may be as much as two cup sizes bigger. You may also notice a dark line running down the middle of your stomach, starting at your navel. This line is called linea nigra, and it usually fades a few months after delivery. You may feel more aches and pains as your bump grows, and your feet might swell up a little.

Symptoms

  • Abdominal aches and pains. This is a 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.
  • Lower back pain. Backaches are among the most common pregnancy complaints, especially from the halfway point of your pregnancy onward. This is due to your growing uterus and the hormonal changes going on in your body. As your center of gravity shifts, your expanding uterus strains your back muscles. You can take some measures to ease back pain, such as doing exercises that stretch and strengthen back muscles, wearing abdominal support garments, and using heating pads to soothe sore muscles.
  • Congestion and nosebleeds. Around 19 weeks of pregnancy, you may find yourself reaching for the tissues with a stuffy or runny nose. Your hormone levels have increased, and your body is making extra blood, which can cause the mucous membranes in your nose to swell up, causing congestion and maybe even nosebleeds.
  • Dizziness. You may feel faint, dizzy, or lightheaded at this stage of your pregnancy. Lie down if you’re feeling faint, and stay hydrated.

Your checklist at week 19

  • Never hesitate to ask your doctor questions.
  • Keep taking prenatal vitamins.
  • Have enough rest.