Updated 08 October 2018

Week 19: 21 weeks to go!

Sleeping is becoming uncomfortable as your belly grows bigger.


Just over five months to go... you're at the halfway mark.

Your baby's progress:

  • Vernix (a white, cheesy substance) forms on your baby’s skin. Think of it as a layer of protection.
  • A girl’s ovaries contains primitive egg cells.
  • Permanent tooth buds form behind the milk tooth buds.

Your progress:

  • Sleeping may become more uncomfortable.
  • Your heartburn may increase because your uterus pushes up against your stomach.
  • Your skin may become dry and itchy.

What to do:

  • Try not to sleep on your back as the weight of the baby and uterus can compress the inferior vena cava, which takes blood from your lower body to the heart. You may become dizzy, sweaty and have palpitations.
  • For advice on how to beat insomnia, speak to your doctor.

Good to know: 

  • Try to reduce your stress levels during this time, e.g. don’t take on new responsibilities at work.


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