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Week 19

You might think that bubbling feeling in your tummy is wind, but it could be your baby moving. You'll soon be able to recognise their movements.

What's happening in my body?

It's great for you and baby to stay active, but some exercises, such as running, could become uncomfortable.

This is because the hormone "relaxin" loosens up your ligaments, leaving your back, knees and ankles without their usual support.

Tips for better sleep

Not getting enough sleep in pregnancy can be very frustrating. You could try these tips for better sleep:

  • practise beditation – a mixture of meditation and gentle stretches designed to help you drift off
  • sleep on your side
  • use pillows to support your bump and any aching muscles
  • try sleeping with a pillow between your knees

The NHS website has remedies for sleep problems during pregnancy.

2nd trimester pregnancy symptoms (at 19 weeks)

Are you worried about anything? Trust your instincts and share any worries with your health professional.

Watch a video from Tommy's about how to speak up in pregnancy.

Your signs of pregnancy this week could include:

You may also experience symptoms from earlier weeks, such as:

What does my baby look like?

Your baby, or foetus, is around 15.3cm long from head to bottom. That's approximately the size of a beef tomato.

Their adult teeth are starting to grow, and they are lining up behind the first set.

Your baby's putting on weight, getting ready for the birth in about 21 weeks' time.

Composite. One side shows a foetus attached to the placenta by the umbilical cord. The foetus is recognisable as a baby. Other side shows a person holding a beef tomato in one hand.
Your baby is about the size of a beef tomato

Action stations

You might still be thinking about where to give birth – there's plenty of time to decide.Read about your options on where to give birth and find out your local options for maternity services.

It's important to find somewhere that meets your needs and makes you feel supported.

Think about telling your work

You do not have to tell your employer for several more weeks, but as soon as you do, you will have maternity rights and can attend antenatal appointments during paid work time.

You can also ask for a risk assessment of your work place to ensure that you're working in a safe environment.

Start doing pelvic floor exercises

It's a good time to tone up your pelvic floor muscles. Gentle exercises can help to prevent leakage when you laugh, sneeze or cough.

Get the muscles going by pretending that you're having a pee and then stopping midflow.

Visit Tommy's for more information on pelvic floor exercises.

Antenatal classes

Ask your midwife or doctor about online antenatal classes – they may be able to recommend one. The charity Tommy's has lots of useful information on antenatal classes and preparing you for birth.

Even if you've had children before, antenatal classes are still worth going to as you can meet other parents-to-be. The NCT offers online antenatal classes with small groups of people that live locally to you.

Smoking, drinking and caffeine in pregnancy

Do your best to stop smoking and give up alcohol, and go easy on the tea, coffee and anything else with caffeine.

Ask your midwife or GP for support.

Vitamins in pregnancy

To keep bones and muscles healthy, we need vitamin D.

From late March/early April to the end of September, most people make enough vitamin D from sunlight on their skin. However, between October and early March, you should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement because we cannot make enough from sunlight.

Some people should take a vitamin D supplement all year round, find out if this applies to you on the NHS website.

You just need 10 micrograms (it's the same for grown-ups and kids). Check if you're entitled to free vitamins.

Exercising in pregnancy

It's recommended that you do 150 minutes of exercise a week while pregnant.

You could start off with just 10 minutes of daily exercise – perhaps take a brisk walk outside. Check out Sport England's #StayInWorkOut online exercises (scroll to the pregnancy section).

Listen to your body and do what feels right for you.

Healthy eating

There's no need to eat for 2. You do not need any extra calories until the third trimester, which starts in week 28.

You just need to eat a healthy balanced diet, with a variety of different foods every day, including plenty of fruit and veg. Have a look at our guide to healthy eating in pregnancy.

You may be able to get free milk, fruit and veg through the Healthy Start scheme.

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Week 20

You're now halfway through your pregnancy!

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