19 Weeks Pregnant

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Now that you are 19 weeks pregnant, you are almost halfway through your pregnancy. At this point there are many different changes going on in your body and your baby is developing more this week as well. It can be very helpful when you are pregnant to be aware of the changes that are going on so that you know how to take care of yourself throughout the pregnancy. So, as you are entering your 19th week, get ready for quite a few changes.

At 19 weeks pregnant, your baby is now getting close to 6 inches long and weighs somewhere around 7 ounces or so. Now your baby can actually make muscle movements on his own, such as sucking on his thumb. For the first time you may actually start feeling the movements of your baby during this week. It probably will only feel a bit like a flutter, and you probably won't be feeling any kicking going on for a few more weeks.

Now that you are 19 weeks pregnant, more than likely you have gained between 10-14 pounds. You may not be showing too much, but more than likely you are aware of the changes in your weight and the shape of your belly. When you go to the doctor around this time he'll be checking out your weight, your blood pressure, the baby's heartbeat, and also the size of your uterus.

By the time you are 19 weeks pregnant, you may be noticing that you are having some skin problems. Usually these are related to hormone changes in your body and they usually go away after your baby is born. Some of the skin problems you may experience include itchy or dry skin, stretch marks, rashes, and blotchy patches on your face. Lotions may help to sooth these problems.

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