Your Baby's Development Week 19
You are 19 weeks pregnant! At week 19, your baby clocks in at more than 8 ounces (240 grams). If you are having a girl, her ovaries now contain primitive egg cells. Lanugo appears all over the baby's body. This fine hair will remain until birth draws nearer. Sometimes a baby is born with a full head of lanugo hair. Also, permanent teeth buds are forming behind the already formed milk teeth buds.
Baby is now covered with a waxy substance that is called vernix caseosa. This helps prevent delicate skin from becoming chapped or scratched. Premature babies may be covered in this creamy coating at delivery.
Millions of motor neurons are developing in the brain. These neurons are nerves that connect the muscles to the brain. Because of this, your baby can now make conscious muscle movements including sucking his or her thumb and even some involuntary movements.
Is Sex Safe?
Women are often concerned whether having sex can hurt their developing baby. Sex is, in fact, considered safe at all times during pregnancy - this is true if your pregnancy is normal. However, even if it's OK, it doesn't always mean that it will often happen.
Many pregnant women have little desire for sex or find that their desire can fluctuate from being an intense urge to having very little interest! This all depends on how tired they are, the size of their belly, and whether they are feeling anxious about the baby. The best advice is to let your partner know exaxctly how you are feeling. On the other hand, it is wise to make the most of being together before the arrival of the baby.
Taking Childbirth Classes
You should also consider starting childbirth classes. These classes will teach you about nutrition, coping with labor, birth and caring for your baby. They can also help boost your confidence about giving birth and are a great way to meet other couples who are expecting around the same time.
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