Pregnancy Calendar - Week 19
You've said goodbye to morning sickness but it is time to say hello to indigestion and heartburn. Make sure you eat small meals and chew well!
The morning sickness may be gone, but now you might start to experience indigestion and heartburn. This is simply because your growing baby is taking up room where your digestive organs used to sit and there is a pressure on your intestines and stomach. Some action to assist: eat smaller meals; chew your meals well; don't lie down too soon after eating; ensure your fluid intake is good; and avoid foods that are fatty, spicy, too rich or too sugary.
Sized at approximately 15.5cm (head to rump), your baby weighs nearly 200g. Ears are now in their final position and your baby's eyes are pointing forward, rather than to the side.
Your baby is busy growing a layer of fat called 'brown fat' which helps to keep it warm after being born, and your baby will soon be covered in a waterproof layer on top of the skin called vernix (a sebaceous gland excretion that is usually gone by birth, unless your baby is born prematurely) that protects your baby from the dehydration of the amniotic fluid.
Your baby's tastebuds have developed to the point where your baby is aware of the flavours of different foods in your diet. Your placenta is also nearly as big as your baby.
More useful links:
Read about helping yourself to a better birth
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Want to swap stories? Chat to your birth group about your pregnancy
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