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Pregnancy Week 19


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Your Baby's Development This Week

This week the baby is weighing in between 7 and 8 ounces and is between 6 and 7 inches long. How is your sleeping schedule? Yours influences your baby's and right now the sleep patterns are being established, with the baby having periods of wakefulness, and periods of rest.

In baby girls, the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes are in their proper places, and have several million eggs in their ovaries. In baby boys, genitals are completely formed and easily recognizable now. The baby's milk teeth buds have been present for some time, but now the buds for their permanent teeth are forming behind the milk teeth buds. The kidneys produce urine daily now.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 19

Around this time in the pregnancy, a new annoying symptom begins. Pins and needles
or a little tingling sensation will often come and go in pregnant women's fingers and toes. This is most likely due to the swelling that occurs, which then puts pressure on nerves causing the harmless but bothersome symptoms. A rather related symptom is leg cramps. This is a frequent complaint, often occurring while in bed. If you get a painful leg cramp, just stand up on it and stretch it out straight and flex your foot back towards your body to quickly alleviate the pain.

Visit With the Obstetrician

Somewhere after the 17th week of pregnancy, your physician might want to perform a cordocentesis. This is a diagnostic test done to check for chromosomal abnormalities and some blood disorders. It's useful when an amniocentesis cannot be done, and results from CVS or ultrasound were inconclusive. It is done by the doctor using ultrasound to guide a needle through abdomen into uterus and then into the umbilical cord to retrieve fetal blood. One significant difference between it and an amniocentesis is that cordocentisis does not detect neural tube problems. The risks associated with the test include most notably miscarriage, about a 1-2% risk. Other possible complications include infection, premature rupture of membranes, and lowering the baby's heart rate.

Preparing for Baby

Parents who know they are expecting a son, have a big decision to make. Circumcision or no? Roughly half of all American boys are circumcised today, so the choice to do so or not cannot be made merely on the basis of popular vote. There are some health benefits for either choice, so discuss the options with your physician and read up on the choices.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Lots of women will be dismayed to learn that it's not so unusual to find they need bigger shoes to accommodate their growing feet. More upsetting for some, they will stay that way most likely. The important thing is to make sure you wear comfortable shoes that fit. Consider shoes that will not become slippery, as your balance from here on out will not be the best. Also, consider pampering those feet on occasion with a nice soak, a rub with a nice foot lotion, and a pedicure. Keep those feet up at least a couple times a day to combat swelling and fatigue.

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shay Jan 29, 2015 09:56:02 PM ET

Hello. i'm 30 years of age, and i'm 19 weeks and 5 days pregnant. this is such a great time in my life right now because i'm expecting my first baby boy after having 3 girls. i'm so ecstatic and i feel great. although i've put on quite a bit of weight already, i couldn't be more happier with the deliverance of my baby boy aayden!

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lynnell Jan 21, 2015 10:00:23 AM ET

Hi. i'm 25 years old, and 19 weeks and 4 days pregnant. i'm just now getting over my sickness. i had it for four and half months, which was tough on me and my fiance. i'm having a lot of movement. it's super exciting. i'm having a boy, elijah. he's my miracle baby. are there any good baby apps?

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dee Jun 9, 2014 01:33:57 AM ET

Hello i am 19 weeks 1 day today! i found out at 18 weeks that i'm having baby girl! it's my 1st pregnancy and have lost about 25 lbs. but, i feel great and my baby is healthy!

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5th pregnancy + 2 miscarriages Mar 22, 2014 03:23:36 PM ET

I'll be 19 weeks pregnant tomorrow and my ultrasound is the next day. yay! i cant wait to know what i'm having. also, i get to know if i'm at risk of the placenta laying low. i am scared because i never had a cesarean. with my 4 kids - also im hoping for another girl but my hubby wants another b

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Guest Feb 3, 2014 08:13:10 AM ET

I'm 19 weeks, 4 days, and exhausted. i look more fat than pregnant but most can notice by now. i started at 145 lb and now 152 lb. i found out at 18 weeks that we are having my hubby's baby girl. he was dying for a girl. i'm just happy she's growing well! our lil' alyssa. :d

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Memory Aug 19, 2013 03:50:36 AM ET

I'm 19weeks today and m 26yrs. my first baby and hoping for a boy. i feel the baby move around a lot and its sooo exciting. i have even timed him and know the times i wud assume he is sleeping and awake... my scan is coming up in a week(20wks), can't wait... god is great!

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Emily Aug 17, 2013 03:14:39 PM ET

Howdy, i don't know if people still visit or read the comments but i'll add mine anyway. i'm 19 weeks 3 days gestation, before my pregnancy i weighed 98 pounds. this was my normal weight since middle school/high school. i'm 21 years old, and this is my 1st pregnancy. i now weight 112.00 at my highest. i'll know the gender in 7 days. i feel my little one move on and off throughout the day, then days i go without a single movement. it. depends on the position he/she is in. i'm very excited,

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nelly Aug 17, 2013 06:02:15 AM ET

Hey i'm 18 weeks i feel my bby moving and i hv a lot of apitide so my sister keep telling me i will hv a huge bby izt true?its my first pregnancy and i am 23 yrs

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nelly Aug 17, 2013 06:01:59 AM ET

Hey i'm 18 weeks i feel by bby moving and i hv a lot of apitide so my sister keep telling me i will hv a huge bby izt true?its my first pregnancy and i am 23 yrs

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haley Aug 11, 2013 06:57:46 PM ET

I'm 19 weeks and 5 days today i'm only 17 yrs old but i haven't had any morning sickness and i feel my baby kick a lot and i find out what i'm having in 2 days :)

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