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19 Weeks of pregnancy: fetal development

At around 19 weeks, which is about 5 months of pregnancy, this means that you are halfway through your pregnancy and may already begin to feel the baby move inside your belly.

At this stage, the baby begins to have a more defined physiognomy, the legs are now longer than the arms, making the body more proportional. In addition, it also reacts to sound, movement, touch and light, and can move even if the mother does not perceive it.

19 Weeks of pregnancy: fetal development

Milestones at 19 weeks

At 19 weeks, the baby's face is in continuous development and a small layer of soft hair starts to cover it. The eyebrows and eyelashes begin to grow and the eyelids are already formed, but the baby's eyes are not yet open, although he is already able to perceive the intense light outside the uterus. Hair is beginning to grow, but color and texture may change after birth.

The baby is already beginning to swallow the amniotic fluid, the kidneys continue to produce urine, and the taste buds begin to form on the tongue. Nerve cells that already exist increase in size and form more complex connections, but their production begins to decrease.

As the tiny bones inside the ears harden, the baby begins to hear sounds like the heartbeat, the voice and the sounds of the mother's guts. The baby's lungs are growing and the chest already performs the breathing movements. They can close their hands if they touch one another and they have small nails.

If it is a girl, her reproductive system with genital organ is already established, uterus, fallopian tubes and approximately 6 million primitive ova in the ovaries. When the baby is born, that number will be reduced to 1 million and will no longer produce eggs throughout life.

For the brain it is a very important stage because it will develop your senses, designating specific areas for taste, smell, touch, hearing and vision.

Photos of a 19 week fetus

19 Weeks of pregnancy: fetal development
19 Weeks of pregnancy: fetal development

The size of the baby at 19 weeks is approximately 13 centimeters and weighs about 140 grams.

Changes to the mother's body at 19 weeks

Your body continues to change on a physical level, the belly begins to grow more from now on. Normally, the nipples become darker and it is possible for the mother to have a dark vertical line in the center of the belly. The heart will work twice as long to meet the additional demands of the body.

You may already begin to feel the baby stirring, especially if it is not your first pregnancy, but for some women it may take a little longer. You can feel that the lower part of your belly is more sore, but this is normal because at this stage the ligaments of the uterus stretch as it grows.

Although you may be heavier, it is imperative that you do some physical activity to remain active. If you feel tired while practicing your routine exercise, ideally you should always breathe deeply and slow down gradually, never stopping for once.

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