19 weeks pregnant

19 Weeks Of Pregnancy - Your Baby's Development

Extra eggs. At 19th week of pregnancy, if you're carrying a girl, her little reproductive system is already well established. The vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes are all in place, and the ovaries contain more than 6 million primitive egg cells. When she is born, that number will have dropped to about 1 million.

You've got male. If you're having a boy, his testicles have formed and have been secreting testosterone since about 10th week of pregnancy. The external genitalia, which became male in the first trimester, are continuing to grow.

Second skin. At 19 weeks pregnant, the skin starts to produce a waxy coating called vernix caseosa. Made of oils secreted by the skin, dead cells, and lanugo (the fine hair that covers the body), vernix protects your little one's skin from the effects of floating in amniotic fluid. Most of it will disappear before birth, but preterm babies are often born still covered with a lot of vernix.

Your Baby At 19 Weeks Of Pregnancy

19 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

Funny face. The dark patches you may have on your nose, cheeks, and forehead are a common condition of pregnancy called chloasma, or the "mask of pregnancy." Hormones are to blame for this splotchiness, which affects some but not all pregnant women. Pregnancy hormones are also responsible for the linea nigra, the dark line running down your belly to your pubic bone. Both chloasma and the linea nigra will gradually fade after you give birth. Exposure to the sun can darken the pigments in your skin even more, so be sure to use sunscreen or stay in the shade. Check out this guide to know more about other important pregnancy hormones & how they might make you feel.

Round ligament pain. As your uterus grows, the round ligaments supporting it have to stretch. Occasionally, these stretched-out ligaments will cause a sharp pain or a dull ache in your lower abdomen, usually on one side or the other. It's probably most noticeable when you change positions or get up suddenly. Rest usually offers the best relief. Apart from that, you can try out these remedies for ligament pain in second trimester of pregnancy to get instant relief. Call your doctor if you're worried about the pain.

19 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

  • Use sunscreen or stay in the shade if going outside

  • Rest frequently, especially if you’re experiencing round ligament pain. Start your search for a pediatrician. Get week-by-week expert tips on pregnancy to keep track of your baby’s development & to ensure well-being of both you & your baby during entire nine months journey!

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