Your body at week 19

You are now 19 weeks pregnant (or in your 20th week if this’s how you prefer to count it).

How your baby is growing

Congratulations! You have successfully made it to the halfway mark. This really is an important time for the development of nerve cells which will help your baby understand and react to the world. This is rapidly making the baby more aware of its surroundings. If your baby is a female, she has six million eggs in her ovaries! They will decrease to one million by the time she is born. Read more information about your child’s development this week.

How your life is changing

Your uterus has grown well into your abdominal cavity. The top of it probably reaches your belly button. From now on it is going to increase at about a centimeter per week. It is nothing to be alarmed about. It’s simply the stretching of structures and your muscles helping your lump.

Many pregnant women worry that they won’t be able to bear the pain of child birth and labour. Some women consider an elective caesarean to avoid the issue completely, but that is not always a great idea. The risks with a caesarean delivery are much greater than with a normal delivery and there is still pain involved. Read here to know more about choosing C-section birth. There are several powerful forms of pain alleviation accessible to maternity hospitals. You should try natural practices of pain-relief before opting for drugs. Knowing about the available options will help you make an informed decision. Discuss childbirth with your doctor in case of any apprehensions.

Having a good night’s sleep is not easy during pregnancy. Especially if you have acid reflux or indigestion. Food will probably be the last thing on your mind. On the other hand, some women wake up in the night with hunger pangs and crave a midnight meal. Pregnancy can also cause nasal congestion which can result in, yes you guessed it – snoring. So, its not just your sleep that is disturbed, but also your partner’s. Some couples practice sleeping separately once in a while to catch up on their lost sleep.