Your pregnancy and baby guide
You and your baby at 19 weeks pregnant
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- Secrets to success
- Am I pregnant?
- Early days
- Week by week
- Preparing for the birth
- Work out your due date
- Tests scans and checks
- Your pregnancy (antenatal) care
- Your health and wellbeing
- Existing health problems
- Common pregnancy ailments
- Pregnancy-induced conditions
Labour and birth
- The start of labour
- The birth
- Emotions and worries
- Premature babies
- How to breastfeed
- Breastfeeding problems
- Lifestyle and breastfeeding
- Bottle feeding
- Newborn screening tests
- Newborn essentials
- New parents
- New mums
- Twins and multiples
Babies and toddlers
- Weaning and solid foods
- Baby health and care
- Spotting signs of serious illness
- Reflux in babies
- How to take a baby's temperature
- Reducing the risk of SIDS
- Treating a high temperature
- Sleep problems in children
- Coughs, colds and ear infections
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Infectious illnesses
- Children's medicines
- Looking after a sick child
- Serious conditions and special needs
- Constipation in young children
- Your baby's height and weight
- Baby health and development reviews
- Leg and foot problems in children
- Learning, play and behaviour
- Safety and accidents
Your baby at 19 weeks
Your baby is putting on a bit of weight, but still does not have much fat, so if you could see your baby now, they would look a bit wrinkled. The baby will continue to put on weight for the rest of the pregnancy and will "fill out" by the last few weeks before birth.
You at 19 weeks
You might feel your baby move for the first time when you're around 17 or 18 weeks pregnant. Most first-time mums notice the first movements when they're between 18 and 20 weeks pregnant.
At first, you feel a fluttering or bubbling, or a very slight shifting movement. Later on you cannot mistake the movements, and can even see the baby kicking about. Often, you can guess which bump is a hand or a foot.
There's no set number of baby movements you should feel. The important thing is to get to know your baby's usual pattern of movements. Once you start to feel your baby's movements, you should feel your baby moving right up until they're born.
If you think your baby is moving less than usual, call your midwife or maternity unit straightaway, as your baby needs to be checked. Do not use a home handheld scanning device (Doppler) as these are not reliable – even if you hear a heartbeat, it does not mean your baby is well.
Hormonal changes and your growing bump can cause pain in your pelvis or hips. Find tips on coping with pelvic pain in pregnancy.
You may feel hotter than usual during pregnancy, and this is normal. Find tips on keeping cool.
Things to think about
Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy condition that can cause problems for you and your baby – learn the symptoms of pre-eclampsia to look out for.
Print a to-do list of useful things to do and think about when you're pregnant.
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Page last reviewed: 04/10/2019
Next review due: 04/10/2022