Pregnancy Week 19

Learn what is happening with your baby's development in week 19 and what signs of trouble to watch for.

Watch Your Baby's Growth

Feeling Baby Move: Weeks 18 to 21 of Pregnancy
Feeling Baby Move: Weeks 18 to 21 of Pregnancy

You'll start feel your baby's fluttering movements (called quickening) between now and 22 weeks. Get ready, mama: Feeling him kick is one of the most magical parts of being pregnant.

Your Changing Body

You may be even clumsier since your extra weight has changed your center of gravity. Don't worry--this is normal and you'll adjust. Also, be aware of your bathroom habits, because you're more susceptible to UTIs now as a result of your hormonal changes.

Your Developing Baby

Your little one's heartbeat is getting stronger and is still about twice as rapid as yours! He or she has also developed vernix caseosa, a cheese-like coating that protects Baby's skin while in the womb.

Your Pregnancy

You may want to start adopting your baby's sleeping position. The fetal position can help alleviate some of the back pain you may experience from lugging around your bundle of joy.

Your Week 19 To-Do List

1. Scan and share your mid-week ultrasound pix.

An Inside Look

Take a unique look at Baby's development inside the womb this week.

Your Pregnancy Calendar

Organize your doctor's appointments, save your ultrasound photos, and more--all in one place!

Ask Parents About Week 19

We've got answers to your questions from experts and parents who've been there.

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Everything in Pregnancy Week 19

More About Your Pregnancy in Week 19

Your Baby

Your Body

  • Is It A Boy or A Girl?

    You may not want to rely on just an ultrasound to determine the sex -- an amniocentesis is a more accurate test.

  • Douching

    Don't douche during pregnancy -- your vagina needs bacteria to stay healthy.

  • Feeling Light-Headed

    Stay hydrated and keep snacks handy if you experience frequent light-headedness.

  • Signs of Trouble

    There are a few things you should be watchful for at this stage of your pregnancy, including spotting, abdominal cramping and severe n...

Your Self

  • Your Maternity Wardrobe

    It might be time to invest in some comfortable new clothes, especially underwear and shoes.

Diet & Exercise

Q & A