After week 18, sticky, wax-like coating called vernix now covers your little bundle’s skin. You should also start looking out for light kicks, or flutters – the first sign of your baby making his presence known!
How your foetus is developing when you’re 19 weeks pregnant:
At about 14.2cm long and 240g, you’re starting to be more alert for flutters coming from your stomach when you’re 19 weeks pregnant! This is because your precious one’s nerve cells reach their peak this weak, making more complex connections between taste, smell, sight, hearing and touch.
A waxy, cheese-like coating known as vernix is forming over your baby’s skin to keep his body warm and protect his skin while he’s submerged in amniotic fluid. His heart is getting steadily stronger too, beating about twice as fast as yours.
What you can do right now when you’re 19 weeks pregnant:
Be alert for flutters, or fetal movement, as these are often mistaken for stomach indigestion. Knowing the date your baby started kicking and the frequency of his movements can help your gynaecologist provide an estimate of your due date.
You’ll also be growing faster in the coming weeks and may notice stretch marks and varicose veins on your stomach and thighs. While you can’t stop them from forming, massaging your legs with essential oils improve blood circulation and could help. Ask a close friend or midwife to help you it.
You may also notice your nipples, freckles, inner thighs, underarms and vulva getting darker. These will fade soon after delivery, but in the meantime, keep out of the sun as much as possible, or wear wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses if you have to.
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