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Week 19

Amazingly, in that tiny body, your baby’s first teeth have already formed in the gums - and the beginnings of the second teeth are in position behind them!

 

Nerves and muscles are developing rapidly, so your baby's movements are becoming less jerky and more controlled.

 

At an antenatal appointment, your doctor or midwife will probably let you hear your baby’s heartbeat - it’s very fast and sounds a bit like horses galloping!

Your body

You may be feeling great right now, but try not to take on too much (we know, it's hard to keep that nesting instinct under control!). If you're on your feet a lot, try to take little breaks, chill out and relax - put your feet up for a few minutes and take the strain off your legs. Support tights will help if you notice a few varicose veins. You might also spy a dark line (called the linea nigra) developing between your navel and your pubic hair; this is totally normal, though you might think it looks a bit unusual!

Have you felt the baby move?

It’s a magical moment when you first start to feel your baby move (somewhere between 16 and 22 weeks). It feels just like a little flutter at first, but it won’t be long before movements and kicks are much more definite. 

Have you bought any maternity clothes?

It’s fine at first to get creative with elastic or braces, but at some stage you’re probably going to have to succumb to buying some trousers with elasticated bits in, a newly-fitted bra, maternity tights, and flat shoes (maybe even in a wider size than before!) The good news is, once you've got some maternity clothes that fit properly you'll feel much more comfortable.

 

It's a good idea to keep drinking lots of fluids (regardless of the number of loo visits you need to make!) but remember to check that your caffeine intake stays within recommended limits - and of course, that goes for alcohol too.

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