The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy : Weeks 19 - 23

Week 19: You will realize that you are now putting on weight around your abdomen as well as around your buttocks. The baby is forming tooth buds for his permanent teeth .



Week 20: The baby will be more active now and at times, you will notice your abdomen actually move. The uterus pushes your tummy outwards and starts pushing towards the lungs. The baby's skin starts forming the protective vernix which will cling to the hairy parts of the baby as well as the creases. The baby is now nearly 25cms long.


Week 21: You may develop acidity or heartburn as the uterus pushes upwards. Eat small meals and ask your doctor to prescribe antacids for relief. Contrary to popular myths – heartburn is not caused by the growing hair on the baby's head. The baby is still small weighing only app.450gms and can move about freely all over the uterus in the amniotic fluid.


Week 22: If you have not yet scheduled a dental appointment, please do so as your gums are swelling further and may start to bleed and be painful. The baby now has a sleep and awake cycle which will continue in the first few weeks after delivery. Generally, the baby is most active when you are resting which explains why new borns are more wakeful in the night and sleep more during the day.


Week 23: During your doctor's visits, the doctor will palpitate the abdomen to check the growing baby and can now feel the different body parts as they are more pronounced. The baby is growing rapidly which causes the uterine muscles to stretch which at times can be painful to the mother. Remember to drink plenty of fluids and rest often. You might also start feeling the Braxton-hicks contractions.



To know about the development at the other stages of pregnancy, read here on Weeks 3 - 7,  Weeks 8 - 12Weeks 13 -18Weeks 24 - 28Weeks 29 - 33Weeks 34 - 40

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Hi guys I'm New to this group.I'm 4th month pregnant feeling very low unable to eat .suggest me something

hi frnds i m 6 month pregnant bt m not feeling baby moment too plz suggest me

This is so well written.

This is so well written.

I wish I knew this before

This is so well written.

Hi i m 19 weeks pregnant; and i dont feel any kick from my baby in womb

I wish I knew this before

Maimunnisa Pasha don't worry it's normal.. but Even If u don't feel like eating make sure u eat small meals 4tyms a day and drink lots of water... U may not feel the need but ur baby does require it...

pari 19rh week is early for first time moms. Generally u will feel kicks prominently around ur 22nd week. Don't worry...
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This is just in time

This is just in time

This is so well written.

Sounds like so much fun.

This is exact on time. I am 6 mnths pregnant and can feel the same way as mentioned.

This is so well written.

Feeling happy and having the same experience explained above....

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