You are now 19 weeks pregnant, which is the beginning of week 20.


Your baby now measures about 22 cm from head to toe (8.8 inches) and weighs about 340 grams (12 ounces).


Chances are that you've really started to "pop" as your uterus moves up in line with your naval - you'll now look and feel pregnant. Hurrah! Don't worry if your bump seems larger or smaller than friends or people around you - there's a huge variety when it comes to belly size.

Physical changes 


Aches and pains


Many women experience sharp groin pains during the middle of their pregnancy. These are usually caused by straining the round ligaments that support the growing uterus. Walking, sudden movements, coughing, sneezing or exercise such as swimming can trigger pains.


Emotional reactions


As the pregnancy progresses into the middle months, various emotions can surface in both positive and negative ways. For a few women, their pregnancy feels like just an essential physical process they must endure in order to have a baby. These feelings may come as a surprise if you expected to enjoy being pregnant but in reality have found this not to be the case. Despite society's expectation that all pregnant women should feel happy and 'glowing', for some women these feelings are far from the truth.


Other considerations


Choosing childbirth classes


Childbirth preparation classes are not compulsory and you may prefer to just read books, talk with friends and relatives or use Internet sites to prepare for your baby's birth. However, many prospective parents choose to attend face-to-face classes to help them prepare, as well as meeting up with other pregnant women and their partners. Childbirth classes fill up quickly, so we recommend booking them soon, even though they may not start until 28 to 30 weeks.


In more recent years, childbirth classes have incorporated early parenting, breastfeeding and perhaps techniques for settling a crying baby. However, often separate classes are provided to specifically address different topics.

Your pregnancy - Week 19



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