You are almost halfway through your pregnancy! That’s something to celebrate! If you want to know more about this week. Continue reading.
What happens to your baby?
During pregnancy week 19, your baby’s reproductive system has formed. If you are expecting a girl, the vagina, fallopian tube and uterus are well established. If you are expecting a boy, his testicles started developing at week 10 and by now, it’s well formed.
Your baby will be able to sleep and wake up in patterns that are regular. They will also recognize movements and sounds and may react to them.
At this time, your baby is the size of a mango. You can visit us at Jacaranda Maternity clinic to check your baby’s height. We do this by measuring the height of your uterus.
Below are the symptoms you will experience during this time:
You’ll feel more aches and pain. This is because your baby is growing and your uterus is expanding.
Your skin may produce dark patches. This is called Chloasma.
You may experience back pain since your belly is growing and your abdomen is protruding.
You may feel more tired and dizzy.
Tips and tricks to incorporate during this time
1. Exercise is important. Regardless of how tired you might feel. Moving around is essential in promoting a healthy pregnancy just as long as you don’t overdo it. Visit Jacaranda Maternity hospital for nutrition counselling. Offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8am–1pm at Kahawa West branch(Kamiti road, Kiamumbi, Chief’s stage)
2. Since you might find it difficult sleeping because your belly is getting bigger, you can sleep on the side or place a pillow below your belly.
You can visit your doctor to track the pregnancy or visit Jacaranda Maternity hospital at Umoja branch (Wallet centre, opposite Shujaa Mall) or Kahawa West branch (Kamiti road, Kiamumbi, Chief’s stage) for your antenatal clinic. The Midwife will take you through the danger signs, plan for your OGTT visit (Oral Glucose Tolerance tests for elevated blood sugar levels, which could indicate Gestational Diabetes) and book you for a nutrition clinic.