How does the baby grow?
The baby’s senses are thriving. The brain is designated for specific areas of smell, taste, hearing, sight, and touch. Some studies show that the baby can hear voices so do not be afraid to read aloud, talk to the baby, or sing a happy song.
The baby now weighs about 240 grams and is about 15cm long – the size of a tomato. Arms and legs balance with each other and with the rest of the body. The kidneys continue to produce urine, and the hair on the scalp begins to grow. A wax-like protective coating forms on the baby’s skin to protect the baby’s skin when being soaked in amniotic fluid.
Changes occurring in the mother’s body during the 19th week of pregnancy
Moms are now pretty heavy; however, moms will continue to gain weight faster in the coming weeks. As a result, moms may feel throbbing pain in the lower abdomen or even often on one or both sides – especially when changing positions or after a day of work. This is likely a ligament pain. The ligaments supporting the uterus dilate to accommodate the increased weight of the uterus.
Besides, moms may have some changes in the skin. The palm becomes red due to increased estrogen. The temporary increase in pigmentation may cause dark spots on the lips, cheeks, and forehead, which are called pregnancy darkening. It also happens on the nipples, freckles, stretch marks on the armpits, inner thighs, and vulva. At this time, a dark line running from the navel to the pubic bone called linea nigra appears.