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Pregnancy week 19

When you are 19 weeks pregnant, your baby becomes protected by a vernix coating. Kicks and other movements may become noticeable. You can also consider your exercise routine.

Week by week stages of pregnancy: week 19

When you are 19 weeks pregnant your baby will start to be covered in a protective waxy coating called ‘vernix’. This is held in place by the downy hair (lanugo) they grew a few weeks back. This waxy layer prevents the skin from getting waterlogged from the amniotic fluid.  Brown fat, a special fat that is easily processed by the body to produce energy, is laid down now too although they won’t start putting on significant weight yet.  

At around week 19 of pregnancy, it is an exciting time as any time now you will probably feel your baby move for the first time, though this may happen sooner or later. As your growing uterus now reaches your abdominal wall, you may begin to feel your baby kick or roll over as they move around. At first, it may feel like a mild fluttering or even indigestion but as your baby gets bigger, it is hard to mistake their movements for anything else! 

You are now at pregnancy week 19 and nearing the mid way point of your second trimester.  Most women think of this as the best time of pregnancy, after the early discomforts have gone. If you have more energy to enjoy being pregnant, you may want to think about your exercise routine. Pregnancy may seem like a good opportunity rest and put your feet up. But before you settle on the sofa, remember that staying active during pregnancy will boost not only your own health, but also that of your unborn baby. For the regular exerciser, it is strongly recommended that you switch to a maintenance programme to ensure the risks don’t outweigh the benefits.  If you don’t normally exercise regularly, this is a good time to start. Just starting to walk more frequently or taking up gentle exercise such as swim regularly can bring added health benefits and make you feel much better. Exercise during pregnancy is a great idea and highly recommended but how much you want to do will vary greatly from woman to woman. If you are in any doubt about your exercise routine, ask your midwife or GP.

Further help and information

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

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