What's happening this week
At week 19 you are just a week away from being half way through your pregnancy!
At a glance
- Your baby now weighs more than your placenta
- You may be feeling indigestion or heartburn
- Your partner may enjoy feeling your baby's movements too
Your baby now weighs more that your placenta, but doesn't yet have much in the way of body fat. Its skin is now losing its translucent look and beginning to develop pigment which will determine their skin tone.
Your baby's body is working very hard to grow strong and healthy, particularly its little heart – you'll no doubt have noticed when your midwife uses the doppler to listen to your baby's heartbeat how much faster it is than your own!
Your baby's movements may start feeling more like proper kicks now, and might occasionally take you by surprise! Best not use your bump as a convenient coffee table or lap tray!
You might even be able to identify a foot or an elbow at times, and your partner might enjoy feeling these movements as well, and getting to bond with your baby and feel more involved.
Your increased bump size could be causing you heartburn or indigestion by 19 weeks – speak to your midwife if this is bothering you.
The increase of hormones in your body could also leave you feeling a little breathless at times – this is usually harmless and normal in pregnancy, but do tell your GP if you are getting really out of breath.
Some mums experience blurry vision at this stage, too, most likely because of water retention – this usually corrects itself after birth, but again, flag it up with your GP or your optician if you are worried.
What to think about
As you are busy buying things for your little one's nursery and wardrobe, you might be having the great nappy debate with your partner or mum pals! The choice is yours of course, disposables or reusables, and both have their merits. Cloth nappies have come a very long way since the days of folding towelling squares into shape and pinning them in place!
Some local authorities even have incentives for parents to go green and use cloth nappies rather than land-filling disposables. It all comes down to personal preference of course, and what works for your family budget and your baby – and you might find it's a case of trial and error to discover what ultimately suits you best of all.
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