Welcome to week 19 of your pregnancy! 

Your baby is around 15.3cm long from head to bottom. That's approximately the size of a beef tomato! Their adult teeth are starting to grow, and they are lining up behind the first set.

Your baby is putting on a bit of weight, but they still don't have much fat, giving them a slightly wrinkled look! Your baby will continue to put on weight for the rest of the pregnancy and will "fill out" by the last few weeks before birth.

Now, let's talk about some exciting developments happening. You may have already felt your baby move for the first time! This typically happens between 16 and 20 weeks of pregnancy, especially if this is your first baby. At first, these movements may feel like fluttering or bubbling sensations, gradually evolving into more distinct kicks. As your pregnancy progresses, you'll become more attuned to your baby's movements. 

While there's no set number of movements you should feel, it's essential to familiarise yourself with your baby's usual pattern of movements - our Kicks Count Wristbands can help you do this. If you notice any decrease or change in your baby's movements, don't hesitate to reach out to your midwife or maternity unit immediately. 

As your body continues to adapt to pregnancy, you may experience discomforts such as pelvic pain or hip pain due to hormonal changes and your growing bump. Try to prioritise self care, and seek support from your midwife if you need advice.

Lastly, it's essential to stay informed about conditions like pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy-related condition that can affect both you and your baby. Familiarise yourself with the symptoms of pre-eclampsia and know when to seek medical attention if you experience any potential signs.



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