19 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

19 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

We’re getting up there in the vegetable food chain, y’all. You’re 19 weeks pregnant and your babe is about the size of a zucchini! That’s not so little, y’all! This week goes by slowly because you’re counting down the days until you can be over the halfway hump and starting the slow and steady descent towards Labor Day.

19 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

Sleeping on your back is not contraindicated in pregnancy but you will start to find it is no longer the most comfortable sleep positions around this time and beyond. Lying completely flat on your back for an extended period of time during pregnancy can cause reduced blood flow to the lower half of your body. This can lead to restless legs, back/sciatica pain, and a fussy baby. If you just can’t find a more comfortable way to sleep than on your back, you can compromise by putting a pillow under your right side so that you are on an incline. This will prevent blood flow reduction to your lower half and make for a happy baby and restful mommy.

19 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

Half. Way. There. I’m almost halfway there! My chiropractor tells me that once we preggos hit 20 weeks, the aches and pains of growing a belly tend to subside a bit and that round ligament pain will stop hurting eventually. I’m ready for that day, I tell you. One more week!

We had our 18 week anatomy scan and this momma bear is on cloud 9!! Our precious baby girl was wiggly and active! She definitely gave that tech a run for her money as she tried to get our girl’s measurements! I breathed a huge sigh of relief as I learned that our sweet bundle’s heart and brain are developing right on track and that she’s measuring perfectly all over! It was hard not to tear up as I saw her precious little lips and found that, just like her brother, my little angel has her daddy’s lips. It’s amazing to be able to know that already – she barely has a name, but I know who’s lips she has! I love her so much already, it’s not even understandable!

What are you feeling?

Yet Again… More Round Ligament Pain

This is a thing. This is not how it was last time. Like… woah.

Sitting up, sitting down, turning over in bed and – oh, get this – emptying my bladder all make these round ligaments hurt like crazy! I swear I’m not a total baby crying for no reason… these things have literally stopped me in my tracks… in Chicago… in the middle of Neiman Marcus… I froze until it subsided. So strange.

My prenatal chiropractor has been a wonder when it comes to managing the aches and pains of a growing belly in the first trimester. One session with her makes me feel like a fertility goddess from heaven for a few days. She’s amazing.

Heart on Fire

I ate a piece of ice that was left in my glass of water and I turned into a fire-breathing dragon. #truestory

I’m not kidding. I’ve started going to bed sitting up because the heartburn is so bad. This is exactly how I remember it from last time. Baby girl better have hair so long I can braid it. [But I’ll forgive her even if she doesn’t and all this heartburn was in vain]. The good news is that I also remember fully acknowledging the relief of the heartburn within a day of my delivery with B! Pregnancy is SO weird, y’all! Honestly, that moment of realizing the relief of the pain makes the pain a little bit easier to handle… haha ha.   ha.

Your 20 Week Appointment – What to Expect

This will be your third of your monthly checkups and, if your doctor is anything like mine, you’ll probably combine that big 18 week anatomy scan sonogram with your 20 week check up. While the sonogram is about an hour long, the consultation portion should be just like the last two… short and sweet. You’ll probably discuss your overall weight gain so far and the big glucose test you’ll take at your next visit… more on that later.

To find out more about the 18 week anatomy scan and what that will be like, click here.

As always, this is a great time to ask your doctor any questions you are having. Here are some of the questions that I had:

– These aches and pains are happening much sooner than last time. Will they stop before I get uncomfortable-pregnant or will I be this way for… ev… er?
– Are there any other modifications to my workouts that I need to be aware of?
– I’m a back sleeper… is this still okay to do?
– I’ve heard that at this point in the pregnancy a glass of wine here or there won’t hurt… what are your thoughts, doc?

How to Survive this week:

You and your zucchini baby are ALMOST to the halfway point. HALFWAY. HALF. WAY. THERE. Now is the time to start thinking about prepping for a real-life baby to arrive… more like planning the prep… There’s more on registering and nursery stuff to come… for now, just pull out your pinterest and start getting pin-spired!

2nd Trimester Resources

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 2nd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Home Tour – Baby B’s Nursery
Home Tour – Baby A’s Nursery

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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