Your pregnancy and baby guide : You and your baby at 19 weeks pregnant

Your baby at 19 weeks

Your baby is putting on a bit of weight, but still does not have much fat, so if you could see your baby now, they would look a bit wrinkled. The baby will continue to put on weight for the rest of the pregnancy and will "fill out" by the last few weeks before birth.


You at 19 weeks

You might feel your baby move for the first time when you're around 17 or 18 weeks pregnant. Most first-time mums notice the first movements when they're between 18 and 20 weeks pregnant.

At first, you feel a fluttering or bubbling, or a very slight shifting movement. Later on you cannot mistake the movements, and can even see the baby kicking about. Often, you can guess which bump is a hand or a foot.

There's no set number of baby movements you should feel. The important thing is to get to know your baby's usual pattern of movements. Once you start to feel your baby's movements, you should feel your baby moving right up until they're born.

If you think your baby is moving less than usual, call your midwife or maternity unit straightaway, as your baby needs to be checked. Do not use a home handheld scanning device (Doppler) as these are not reliable – even if you hear a heartbeat, it does not mean your baby is well.

Hormonal changes and your growing bump can cause pain in your pelvis or hips. Find tips on coping with pelvic pain in pregnancy.

You may feel hotter than usual during pregnancy, and this is normal. Find tips on keeping cool.

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Things to think about

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Print a to-do list of useful things to do and think about when you're pregnant.

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