If you are 19 weeks pregnant with twins, there are several things you want to know about what to expect at this stage of your pregnancy. This will aid you in knowing how to properly nourish and treat your body so that you are healthy and your babies are getting what they need. It also lets you know what is normal and what is not at this stage of your pregnancy.
The Development of Your Babies
This is a big week for the de development of your babies and you want to know what these are. Make sure that you are getting all of your essential nutrients, especially your folate and B vitamins. The following fetal developments are happening during this week:
- Nervous system: Your baby’s nerve cells that ensure the senses of touch, sight and taste are developing in the respective areas of the brain. More complex brain connections are being made.
- Skin: A waxy layer develops over your baby’s skin to protect it and a fat layer just under the skin starts to develop.
- Limbs: The proportion of your baby’s limbs is almost complete at this time and bones continue to ossify.
- Internal organs: Heart rate increases and the kidneys start to produce urine.
The Movement of Your Babies
You can expect some movement during this week of your pregnancy, but if your babies are not yet moving, do not worry. The position of your uterus ultimately determines if you start to feel some movement during this week of pregnancy. You are most likely to start feeling fetal movement during this week if your uterus is toward the front of your abdomen. You typically will not notice movement this early if your uterus happens to be situated more toward your back. If you are concerned, talk to your doctor.
Your Ultrasound Scan
Right around your 19th week, your doctor will schedule an ultrasound. During this ultrasound, your baby’s translucent skin allows your doctor to see your baby’s internal and external body parts. This is also the time when most doctors are able to give you an accurate assessment of your baby’s gender. Your doctor will also check for congenital abnormalities, check your baby’s heartbeat and give you an accurate measurement of fetal growth for both babies.
Changes to Mom’s Body
A number of changes and symptoms can occur at this point in your pregnancy. As long as these changes and symptoms are not severe, they are typically not anything to worry about. Just make sure that your doctor knows what you are experiencing so that he or she can ensure that your experience is within the normal range. The changes and symptoms you can experience during your 19th week of pregnancy can include:
- Leg cramps, particularly when you are sleeping at night
- Dark patches, especially on your face
- Feeling lightheaded
- Feeling stabbing pain in your side occasionally due to your uterus growing
- Hip and other joint pain
- Gas and constipation
- Weight gain of an average of eight to 14 pounds
- An increase in your appetite
- Feeling out of breath
- A dark line on your belly called linea nigra
- Bleeding or swollen gums
- Pain in the round ligament area
- Pain in the area of your tailbone
- Pelvic area pain
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Mild depression or mood swings
- Itchy skin, particularly affecting your nipples, chest and abdomen
Now that you know what to expect at this stage of your pregnancy you can focus on the best parts of this time. You are getting the right nutrients and making sure that your growing babies are cared for.