19 weeks pregnant – Have I developed my first craving?

19 weeks pregnant

I am very, very excited and feeling very, very happy this week. I’m sitting by the sea, under the beautiful hot sun, eating lots of meat and wondering what next week’s 20-week scan is going to be like. A part of me is sad that this holiday would be the last time hubby and I would ever go on holiday as a twosome, and it does make me nervous that everything is changing so quickly, but I would love to bring little baby boxer to North Cyprus to sample the sun, sea and awesome food one day. So, now, I’m just anxious to meet my baby now!

I have also got my energy back with a vengeance so I’ve been doing a lot of sightseeing this week, which is good as I’ve managed to squeeze in plenty of important exercise. I am definitely getting my appetite back – I can’t stop eating meat and the family can’t stop feeding me meat. At one point, I thought I had developed my first craving for cheese, tomato and cucumber sandwiches. But, after eating 5 sandwiches in one day, I now can’t stand the sight of them. I reckon when your body needs something you develop a craving and as soon as you fulfil that need, you no longer have that craving. So that meant that I needed carbs, calcium and vitamin C – well that made sense. I am glad I am having relatively healthy cravings though and not craving cakes and biscuits. What are cravings though? Why do you have them? Is it your body telling you that you need something?

I am positively baking in the Cypriot heat. I wonder if the heat is actually good for the baby? I know that you should never overheat or get too cold as the baby can’t regulate its own temperature. But, surely the vitamin D is good for bone growth, right?

I’m also using cocoa butter skin therapy oil like it’s going out of fashion at the moment! The heat creates a natural sweat, so I think I’m well and truly oiled up this holiday.

A fun fact – The baby can hear you now!

The Science Part

Your baby at 19 weeks

  • Your baby is as big as a mango!
  • Your baby is still small enough to wriggle with room, and they are using the space well! They are somersaulting, wriggling, pedalling and kicking inside you
  • You may even be able to see a tiny limbs through your skin!
  • If movements keep you up at night, try gently rubbing or talking to your bump to settle your baby. This will also help you bond together as well. Your baby will love to hear your soothing voice to comfort them.
  • Your baby is developing a protective coating over their skin called vernix caseosa. It’s white and greasy and you may see some of it when you give birth.

Your pregnancy signs and symptoms

  • You are now about halfway through your pregnancy
  • If you haven’t done so already, you should start exercising your pelvic floor as your pelvic floor muscles hold everything in place. You can find more information on how to exercise your pelvic floor muscles here.
  • You may experience aches and pains in your belly. These are caused by your muscles stretching to accommodate your growing baby. If your pain is severe, constant and/or accompanied with any other symptoms like bleeding, contact your GP/midwife straight away.
  • You may start to feel dizzy and lightheaded
  • If you feel leg cramps, extend your leg and flex your feet. Get your partner to stretch your calf muscles

Your next steps

  • You may have a lot of questions related to your pregnancy. Speak to your GP or midwife as they will be happy to answer these questions for you.
  • Antenatal classes are a great way to learn more about labour and birth
  • Your 20-week scan is coming up soon! Have a think about whether you want to know the sex of the baby or not.

Note:  These are just general ideas of how you and your baby are getting on. Don’t forget that every baby develops differently. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, please consult your doctor or midwife.

*Illustrations by Charlotte Watkins. 

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Leyla Preston (599 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 7. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/