Pregnancy Guide: Week 19
Changes in Your Baby
During week 19, a waxy substance covers your baby’s skin. This serves to protect his skin while he’s immersed in the amniotic fluid for an entire nine months. Sensory development within your baby is at its peak during this time. Individualised nerve cells that will control all of your baby’s senses are now being developed within his brain. Your baby will now begin to master more complex movements, such as turning and stretching. In fact, he will respond even more to your touch by moving away from a firm hand placed on your abdomen.
Changes in the Mother
Pregnant women are more affected by heat than women who are not pregnant, so be sure to keep yourself hydrated and be on the lookout for heat rashes that can develop. Some women will experience bright, clear skin during pregnancy while others may notice the appearance of adult acne. You may also notice that even strangers want to touch your abdominal area. Don’t be afraid to tell people in a polite manner if this bothers you.
Taking Care of Yourself
Pregnancy relaxes the valve at the top of the stomach, which can sometimes cause painful heartburn. Try to limit intake of spicy foods and don’t eat anything too large right before bed. Additionally, you may find it helpful to eat smaller amounts of food more frequently. If you find heartburn to be a severe problem for you, ask your doctor for a safe medication to help you cope.