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Pregnancy calendar - week #19

Pregnancy calendar - week #19

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Pregnant mothers - week #19

The lying game.

You're so close to the half-way point you can almost feel it. Actually, you can feel it--literally. Around this time you might start to experience what is called round ligament pain. This is usually felt in the lower abdomen or groin, as a bellyache, sharp shooting pain, or a dull, extended ache in the lower abdomen. You're most likely to feel these pains when you move around, get up from lying down, or when you cough.

Round ligament pains occur in pregnancy as the uterus grows. The round ligaments, which surround the uterus, grow and stretch, sometimes causing pain and discomfort. These pains are normal, but if they last longer than a few seconds, become very intense, or are accompanied by spotting, high fever, or chills, call your doctor. Otherwise, simply sitting down and relaxing will help aleviate them.

As you're adjusting to your growing belly, you're probably wondering how you should be lying. This sounds silly, but if you're sporting a 10+ pound gain in your abdomen area, things could get a little crowded for your surrounding organs and heavy for your back. Lying on your back is not only uncomfortable, but also puts a strain on the artery behind baby, decreases blood flow to the lower half of the body, and may cause baby to revert to the wrong position for delivery later in pregnancy. Words of wisdom: it's recommended to lie on your left side with a pillow between your knees.

Have you enrolled in childbirth classes yet? We swear by them. You could learn things like:

  • Signs of labor
  • Delivery progression
  • What to expect during labor and delivery
  • Pain endurance techniques
  • Partner's involvement
  • Providing infant/newborn care
  • Benefits of breastfeeding

These classes are especially helpful to parents going through their first pregnancy. Even if you've been through this whole pregnancy thing before, you'll learn some valuable stuff. You could even meet the parents of baby's future friends!

pregnancy calendar - pregnant mothers - week #19

Baby and fetal development - week #19

An early start.

Amazing pregnancy trivia fact of the day: When a baby girl is born, all the egg cells she will use in her lifetime are already with her, in her tiny ovaries. But it's not until puberty, when mestruation starts, that these eggs will mature. Even now, in week 19, your baby girl's ovaries have already produced egg cells--millions of them. In a few weeks, these egg cells will turn into bona fide eggs.

If you were to peek in at your baby right now, you'd notice that she is covered with a waxy, cheesy coating. This is called vernix caseosa, and serves as a protective barrier to protect baby's skin from becoming chapped or scratched.

Also in week 19:

  • Baby has grown another 1/2 inch
  • Baby's 5 senses are developing in the brain

And baby is weighing in at 8 ounces. That's the volume of one cup!

pregnancy calendar - baby and fetal development - week #19

Pregnant dads - week #19

Been there, done that.

Feel like you're headed into uncharted territory? It's perfectly normal to have anxiety about pregnancy, birth, and fatherhood--especially if you're a first time dad. This would be a stellar time to talk to someone who's been there before: your father. He's experienced this whole pregnancy and birth thing and likely felt the same way you're feeling right now. You could also talk to other male family members or friends to get some helpful advice and insight.

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