Your Pregnancy: Week 19
• What's the size of your little guy now? From the crown of his head to the bottom of his buttocks, your baby measures about 13 to 15 cm (5.2 to 6 in) and tips the scale at about 200 g (7 oz). But he's got plenty of growing left to do. From now until the time he's born, his weight will increase by more than 15 times.
• What's he up to in his watery world? Intrauterine mischief! He may be sucking his thumb, turning somersaults, or pulling and grabbing the umbilical cord as if it were a toy.
• Your baby is also inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid through his lungs — practising breathing for when he's born — and his urinary tract and circulatory system have become fully functional.
If you have allergies or asthma, they may get worse, or better, during pregnancy. It all depends on the luck of the draw.
If you fall into the latter camp, drink plenty of fluids to help combat the problem. And consult with your doctor before taking your regular allergy medicine or nasal spray, whether it's prescription or over-the-counter. While some allergy medications are safe, others contain substances that may be harmful to your pregnancy.
On the other hand, it’s important to keep asthma well-controlled during pregnancy, so don’t give up your normal treatment without checking with your doctor.
You said it! Advice from real moms
“Try to be calm. A calm momma usually makes for calm babies.” - Michelle
Yikes! Did you know your belly could get so hard? During the early, middle, or late stages of pregnancy, some women experience Braxton-Hicks contractions as the muscles of the uterus randomly tighten for about 30 to 60 seconds. Named after the English doctor who first recorded them in 1872, Braxton-Hicks contractions are usually pain-free, and are shorter and less intense than labour contractions.
Later in pregnancy, Braxton-Hicks contractions can become more intense, rhythmic, and even painful. Then they may feel much like the real thing and are known as false labour — because they eventually taper off and die out. (True labour contractions occur regularly at increasingly shorter intervals for increasingly longer periods of time.) Many doctors and midwives think Braxton-Hicks contractions prepare the body for labour by softening the cervix.