15.3 cm


240 gms

Baby Size this week: Mango

Mumma, I'm now about the size of a mango. My legs are now longer than my arms, and I'll start giving you "hello" jabs at regular intervals, which you may be able to feel if this is your second or third pregnancy. First-time moms still might not anything for a few more weeks.

In this week
  • Your Baby This Week

  • This week's ultrasound

  • Symptoms you might feel

  • Your body & health

  • Fitness Corner

  • Recipe Corner

Your Baby This Week
Your baby's body is now covered with something called a Vernix Caseosa. Now, what is the vernix caseosa and what does it do? The vernix caseosa is a layer of greasy, white substance that protects your baby's skin from wrinkling. It is produced by his oil glands and will most likely disappear by the time you give birth. Your little one has grown to be approximately six inches at week 19 and weighs about 250 grams. Although the tiny and adorable little head has hair sprouting from it already but it will still appear white and pigment free and the color will be determined in the weeks to come. The cartilages continue to harden and this will help your baby in controlling the limbs better. Your baby's arms and legs are now well in proportion to the rest of the body and movements are slightly more purposeful. The baby is probably already practicing some form of fluid dancing inside the womb. Your little bundle of joy may have developed a sleeping pattern by now. The eyes are still completely shut but by now those tiny eyes are highly sensitive to light. As the body continues to make myelin (the fatty substance that insulated the nerves in his body), he has more control of his actions and movements. Myelin helps in sending electrical impulses from his brain to all the other parts of his body. It is safe to say that your little baby now has as many nerve cells as you do.

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This week's ultrasound
  • Your baby's legs and arms are continuing to develop and add muscle.
  • You may be able feel your baby's movements now, or within the next week or two.

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Symptoms you might feel
  • Backpain As your uterus is growing, you may feel that your lower back is under a lot of pressure.
  • Try not to lift anything heavy and avoid sudden movements.
  • Rest your back once in a while.
  • Leg cramps Here they are again!
  • The much-talked about cramps.
  • Do you feel them more towards evenings?
  • Remember that your leg muscles are probably exhausted of carrying your growing belly all through the day.
  • Put your feet up and just rest when you feel too tired.
  • Increased appetite You can SERIOUSLY eat: Yes, of course you have had a dreadful few weeks of food aversions but now it is starting to catch up on you again.
  • The fact that you are perpetually hungry is because your baby is speaking out to you.
  • Your growing baby needs all the nourishment and nutrients it can get to grow.
  • Again, we would like to remind you to eat healthy food on time and never overdo the eating.

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Your body & health
  • It's common to go through anxieties when you are pregnant.
  • Remember that whatever you are thinking/eating/doing, has an impact on the baby's well-being, not to mention your's too.
  • Do remember to eat right always, for you and your little one.
  • Do not hesitate to discuss your feelings with your partner/friends/family.
  • Getting your thoughts bottled up will not do much good for you and the baby, so let them out!
  • About now, you may also notice that you have been sweating a lot.
  • Do you also notice that your palms look a bit redder than earlier?
  • Relax, you have nothing to worry about.
  • All these symptoms are due to the increased volume of blood in your body.
  • Getting back to our party talk, we would suggest you wear some lovely comfortable clothing and a great pair of flat shoes while stepping out.
  • You did see that your shoe size is probably bigger now, right??

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