Pregnancy week 19
(Sparx Media)
How's the foetus during week 19?

Hair and vernix
Your baby weighs about 240g and is about 15.3cm long from crown to rump- the size of an heirloom tomato.

• Vernix (a white, cheesy substance) forms on your baby’s skin to protect it.
• A girl’s ovaries already contain primitive egg cells.
• Permanent tooth buds form behind the milk tooth buds.
• Hair is sprouting on the scalp.
• Sensory development reaches its peak this week.
• The nerve cells for each of the senses - taste, smell, hearing, sight, and touch - are now developing in their specialised areas of the brain.
• Your baby can now hear your voice.

What's with my body: Maternity-wear shopping time

• Your waistline has probably disappeared and you'll start searching the mall for tasteful maternity wear.
• Sleeping may become more uncomfortable. Try not to sleep on your back as the weight of the baby and uterus can compress the inferior vena cava, which takes blood from your lower body to the heart. You may become dizzy, sweaty and have palpitations.
• Heartburn may increase because your uterus pushes up against your stomach.
• Your skin may become dry and itchy. 

Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates.

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