From 19 weeks of pregnancy, your baby’s growth focuses more on internally. With all parts of your body well formed and in place, it is time that the cells, nerves and systems are developed.
- Your baby measures: 7 inch (little more than 17 cm)
- More or less of the size: a new school pencil.
- Weight: 8 ounces (226 grams), more or less what you weigh two bars of bath SOAP.
Your little began its development as a lump of cells, and throughout these 19 weeks of pregnancy has become a baby, fact and law. Physically, his arms and legs finally reach appropriate in relation to the rest of its body size. Until now soft as cartilage, their bones are hardened little by little.
Your little skin is still transparent and lets see veins and blood vessels, but as of this week will be covered by vernix cheesy (or Vernix), a thick, oily and white coat that will protect your baby’s skin until the birth.
The Vernix functions as a waterproof protective barrier of amniotic fluid (otherwise, your baby’s skin would be all wrinkled birth, because it has been submerged for nine months). The vernix disappeared as the birth, but perhaps you can see traces of it in your newborn.
In terms of neurological development, parts of the brain that specialize in managing your five senses begin to refine it. Your little also acquires greater control over his muscles and movement, thanks to the participation of brain impulses.
This week you can begin to feel another one of those annoying symptoms of pregnancy: the round ligament pain. What sufferers describe it as a sharp or stabbing pain in the lower abdomen, in one or both sides.
The round ligament is located under your uterus, and is one of their main bras. As your uterus grows and increases its weight, the ligament is stretched and any sudden movement or exercise can cause pain.
Round ligament pain is not permanent, is a sudden, fleeting sensation. To avoid this attempts to move calmly and flexing the hips before sneeze, cough or laugh to avoid a milestone of the ligament. You can exercise as approved by your doctor; This can help you strengthen muscles abdominal and pelvic to relieve the burden on the round ligament (the most recommended in pregnancy are swimming, hiking and yoga).
Although annoying, the round ligament pain is a normal symptom of pregnancy, but if you tell it your doctor to rule out other possible causes of pain. If discomfort lasts more than a few minutes or is severe, call your doctor immediately.
At this stage you can also feel difficulty breathing, Braxton Hicks contractions, spots and skin changes, indigestion, dizziness, and other symptoms of pregnancy in the second trimester.