Thursday, December 27, 2012

:: 19 weeks ::

What is going on with your baby during week 19?

  • From crown to rump your baby measures at 5-6 inches and weighs about 7oz. Fetus is the size of an apple.
  • This week baby's skin becomes covered with vernix, the white, slippery, fatty coating that provides protection against chapping.
  • Under the vernix is the fine down like hair called lanugo which covers the skin.
  • The kidneys are developed enough to make urine this week, which is secreted into the amniotic sac.
  • Baby's hearing is well developed now - she may be able to hear your conversations!
  • The brain is developing millions of motor neurons, nerves that help the brain muscles to communicate.
  • Your baby may already have a preference for the left or right hand.
  • In the brain the nerve cells that serve the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing are forming complex connections - loud sounds or any feelings of stress may be communicated to the fetus. Baby responds by becoming more active.

  Changes in you at this stage
  • You may experience back pain as the weight of your expanding uterus causes your back to work harder at keeping you upright.
  • Bulges start to show - bigger breasts and the bump above your pelvis.
  • You still find yourself worrying that something could go wrong although the first trimester is over i.e. when your pregnancy is most vulnerable!
  • In the next week or so you will have an ultrasound to check your baby's organs.

 Should I try harder at not giving in to my food cravings?
  • It all depends on your cravings. If you crave for sugary foods and fatty foods, go ahead and indulge if the craving is rather strong. But bear in mind the nutrients your growing baby needs and try to work them into your sugar or salt fix. In other words eat in moderation.
Are there ways to control unhealthy food cravings?
  • Eat breakfast everyday! This will help you cut back on mid-morning junking
  • Exercise regularly. A good walk for instance will help keep boredom and anxiety at bay
  • Get the emotional support you need right now; pregnancy makes you vulnerable to mood swings which can lead to snacking or comfort foods
  • Eat small portions and that includes your craved foods. Eat few spoonfuls of ice cream or pieces of chocolate instead of the entire tub or bar.
  • Don't indulge everyday - see it as a treat and do it once in a while.
Week 19 Fetus

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