Pregnancy week 19

Pregnancy calendar week 19 of being pregnant - Your baby's movements are stronger and more coordinated because her nervous system is now more sophisticated.

If you haven't felt your baby move before, you may feel her for the first time this week. You may have an ultrasound scan this week or next. Many hospitals encourage your partner to attend with you.

You may start developing stretchmarks, about 90% of women do. Help keep them at bay by keeping your weight gain steady with exercise and a healthy diet. There is not much you can do to avoid them if you are prone to them. Try using wheatgerm/vitamin E cream or oil on your breasts or stomach. Stretchmarks do fade to silvery lines in the months after birth.

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Your baby's movements are stronger and more coordinated because her nervous system is now more sophisticated. The first strand of hair will begin to grow on her head.

Your baby will begin to recognise your voice and may respond to loud noises or music by making jerky movements possibly showing that whatever she is hearing is too loud and frightening. She will also feel your touch when you massage your abdomen. Your baby now sleeps and wakes at regular intervals and has started to exercise her lungs and practice her breathing techniques.

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I'm 19wks & 1day. This is my 3rd pregnancy but I lost the first 2. We find out Tuesday what it is very very excited.
by Trine 31st Aug 2011, 9:43am
I am expecting my 3rd baby in Aug and I'm very excited but also anxious. Very nervous about something going wrong with this pregnancy!
by shannanic 17th Mar 2011, 4:14pm
I am 19 weeks tomorrow and have found out that i am carrying a baby GIRL. We are thrilled to have a now combination of 4 girlies. xx
by lollypop1976 12th Aug 2010, 8:58am
Yes i had this i felt the baby at 16 weeks 4 days and nothing untill now
by Lacey6 11th Aug 2010, 5:37pm
I'm 19 weeks tomorrow with my 4th child and although I have felt the baby move quite regularly for the past few weeks, I haven't felt anything for a few days now - has anyone else had the same thing?
by estherc 11th Jun 2010, 5:38pm
Hi i am 18 weeks this Sunday and i have not yet felt any movement. Should i be worried!!!!!
by Vicky13 11th Jun 2010, 5:28pm
im on my 19th weeks and i can feel my baby moves so strong and giving me jerky moves eveytime he/she is pissed
i can tell the baby position everytime im on the bed most specially in the evening and morning befor ei wake baby is very active and witty i think he/she can understand me everytime i talk to him/her...once i said hows my baby..he/she keeps on giving me a kick lol...most of the people says it might be a girl...but wheather its a boy or girl it doesnt matter to me now..all i know is im so blessed and grateful to have this little bump is not big its just hardly showing untill now thats why most of the people dont believe im pregnant lol..they say im just dreaming hahaha...but i wonder why does my belly comes out every evening and nothin in the morning??can anyone explain it to me please....
by Alienna 14th May 2010, 5:29pm
i felt my baby move when i was 17 weeks and now im 19 weeks the movements have stopped what could this be?
by nickypos 14th May 2010, 5:28pm
i had morning sickness from around 9wks which was bad. the last 2 wks its calmed down and have only been sick couple of times - thank god, its awful! i have sympathy 4 anyone whos suffering from it. im 19wks 2mrw & get my scan on the 17th dec (10 days - cant wait!!). im positive ive felt my baby a couple of times. its been a sort of tapping & sure i can feel hom/her moving & turning too. pregnancy is wonderful tho ladies - isnt it?!
by collette30 7th Dec 2009, 4:12pm
I have my next ultrasound next week to find out what i am having.
On the weekend I felt a slight flutter a few times which was exciting but no big movements yet.
I have a lot of twinges all the time over my abdomin and I have said there is not enough room for peanut and everything else in there :)
Still have all day sickness at two to three times a day and would love for that to go.
by telli82 12th Oct 2009, 10:03am
my 19th week is today.. I feel perfect! The baby is starting to move day and night.. I havent felt sick not one day of my pregnacy.. thank god.
by Lucia09 6th Jul 2009, 9:03am
..on 19 weeks, can't take fish or meat like the early days! ..not feeling the baby movement either, though the usg report says everything fine. Appreciate any advice
by Smita506 8th Jun 2009, 9:40am
Im 19 weeks today, and my baby is as active as can be. He moves alot more when i sunbathe and let the sun onto my bar tummy, and he moves alot when i eat bananas...does that mean he likes these things or he doesnt? I have my next scan in 4days :) I really cant wait to see how much hes grown!! Hope your all ok xxx
by alixthomson100 2nd Jun 2009, 11:07am
hi i am week 19 and i am worried because my baby passes meconium at this stage i have read that this might me a sign of fetal distress.i am really worried can you help me out.
by naz2008 19th May 2009, 11:58am
I'm 18+2 and over the past week or two the baby's movements have been very noticable to me. This is my first pregnancy and my abs are quite tight and so I feel him poking me. When I lie down I can feel his exact position in my womb. I feel a lot of movement in the morning before I get out of bed. It feels like he's trying to scramble under my bladder to his favourite snooze spot.

I wouldnt describe the sensation like either flutters or popping bubbles. The sensation is a definite prod or poke and sometimes it moves right accross my tummy.

I'm looking forward to the 21 week scan in early June so that I can spy on his weird little world and see how well he is developing. He definitely feels about 5 inches in length when I cup my hand over the lump he makes under my skin. Just miniature!!

I wish my partner had a little more patience in holding my tummy when the baby is active. But he is rather weirded out by it. I have felt him kick on my hand before and know oh could feel it too.

Any tips as to how to convince oh that our baby in my tummy is not an alien?

Our wee Fig Jackson is kicking like a trooper today!! Freakin hilareous!
by PersephonE 15th May 2009, 9:18am
im 19wk pregnant with my 5th child but iv not felt any movement yet and gettin quite worried. should i be? x
by halifax 14th May 2009, 9:41am
Im 19 weeks, 4 days. have noticed that ive been sneezing, (due to hayfever) and it pulls a muscle near to my groin when I do. Im worried that this is not normal, and could hurt the baby. Has anyone else noticed anything simalar? other than that, Im please to report that everything is fine :)
by heatherberry 7th May 2009, 9:15am
Hi there, I've just reached 19 weeks and breathing a sigh of relief, and now starting to get excited. I've had four miscarriages and a stillborn angel over the past 10 years and now, finally, I'm hoping with all my heart this is our time. Been having flutters and think its little one making her presence felt, which is just fine with me. Scans are good and the heartbeat is really strong so fingers crossed. Hugs to all, Jo
by docjo 14th Apr 2009, 12:39pm
I'm 19weeks and 4 days, just had my scan today and found out we're having a girl!! think i'm starting to feel her move now and have already picked out a name! so excited now it's just the long wait until she arrives! :D
by MummyStephy 13th Mar 2009, 9:20am
I'm 19 weeks today and have not felt any movement except at 16weeks, there was a slight flutter once which I think was the baby?!?. I've been suffering with SPD which really hurts after walking for an hour! I've been having physio which was recommended at my 12 week scan after two doctors ignored the pain I was in and basically said it'll get worse get used to it! CHARMING :)
I also get stomach cramps 3-4 times a day which feel like really strong period pains :( looking forward to my 20 weeks scan next wk, so I know all's ok & lookin forward to feeling baby move! Elle
by Elle27 4th Mar 2009, 9:15am
This is my third baby and I have very strong feelings that it is going to be a boy. But even if it turns out to be another girl it won't matter as long as its as healthy as can be. I have 2 girls already. I have felt this baby move since I was about 5-6 weeks the same as it was for my 2nd daughter. My husband put his hand on my stomach the other night for the first time and the baby kicked him hard but he said he couldn't feel it. I guess because I know what to expect I can feel it more etc....
by Lyra 19th Feb 2009, 10:14am
i can feel baby move, but my boyfriend can't, he's getting upset lol xD
by VickiDoodDah 14th Jan 2009, 8:37am
well this is my second baby and this time i can feel the movements more stronger than with my first,it is amazing feeling when the baby moves and kicks me when i rub my belly,my bump is starting to grow rapidly, my partner can feel wen the baby kicks and is amazed i think he thinks its still so tiny but i love that feelin
by tracyandadrian 10th Dec 2008, 8:44am
Hello. recently my baby has started to move, my partner feels left out because he cannot feel our baby move. Hopefully some time soon he will be able to feel our little one move. Ive got a lot more energy and I dont have that many mood swings but they still can become a problem. Its some times stressful on our relationship because he may not understand me or he may thing that i am over reacting. I just wish that we could swap and let the men have a go at being pregnant. x
by Hayley17 4th Dec 2008, 8:48am
i can feel the baby move but my partner cant, i feel fine about this but my partner thinks there is something wrong. he sayshis friends can feel there baby move and there a few weeks behind! is there a problem?
by turkey 19th Jul 2007, 5:33pm