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19 weeks pregnant - all you need to know

Your baby is now around the length of a banana and you may be starting to feel them move. You might even start to feel them actually prodding or kicking you!

19 weeks infographic.

What does my baby look like in week 19?

Your baby is growing fast and gaining weight, but doesn’t have much fat on their body yet. They look a bit wrinkled at the moment and won’t start to fill out until the final few weeks of your pregnancy.

Even though your baby probably won’t get their first tooth until they're about six months old, they are already forming their second teeth, behind the first ones.

Your pregnancy symptoms in week 19

Overheating in pregnancy

Because of the increased blood flow in your body, you will be warmer than usual and you might notice that you sweat more. Keep your clothing light and cool, and drink plenty of water.

Find out how much water you should drink in pregnancy.

Are you getting pelvic pain?

Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) - also known as or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) - affects about one in five mums.

Symptoms include pain in any of the pelvic joints (front or back) when doing things like walking, climbing stairs and turning over in bed.

“I suffered with pelvic pain (SPD) throughout both pregnancies. It was only after discovering a support group's webpage I realised I could get medical and other support. If you begin experiencing any of the symptoms take action early and insist on an assessment and referral for acupuncture and physio if necessary.”

Jess, mum of two

To find out more about PGP and how to alleviate it, visit the Pelvic Partnership website.


Spotted dark patches (on pale skin) or white patches (on dark skin)?

This is called pigmentation. It’s normal in pregnancy and the marks usually disappear a few months after the birth.

What to do in week 19

Do I need to give up exercise as I get bigger?

If you’re used to running, it’s fine to carry on during your pregnancy as long as you feel comfortable. Use the ‘talk test’ to make sure you’re not overdoing it - you shouldn’t be so out of breath that you can’t hold a conversation.

Once your bump starts to show, running may become uncomfortable. This is partly due to the hormone relaxin, which loosens your ligaments and means that there’s less support for your knees, ankles and back.

Free prescriptions and NHS dental care

If you haven't yet applied for your maternity exemption certificate, which you can use to get free NHS dental treatment and free prescriptions, ask your doctor or midwife about it.

You'll need to fill in a form FW8.

Your antenatal care

If you haven’t had your second pregnancy ultrasound scan yet, you might have it during this or next week. This scan will look at how your baby is developing and growing, and the position of your placenta.

Pregnancy and work

You’ll need to give your MAT B1 form to your employer so you can claim maternity leave and pay.

You don’t actually need to let your work know you’re pregnant until you reach week 25, but telling them earlier will let them start planning for your absence - and this can make your maternity leave and return to work smoother.

They might guess anyway if your bump is showing!

Find out more about how to manage a working pregnancy.

Pregnancy and mental wellbeing

Wherever you are in your pregnancy, it's important to focus on your own wellbeing as well as your baby's. That's why we've created a tool to help you make a Wellbeing Plan, which will help you feel good now and be supported after the birth. 

Complete your pregnancy and post-birth wellbeing plan.


NHS Choices. Are pregnant women entitled to free NHS prescriptions? (Page last reviewed: 19/07/2016 Next review due: 19/07/2019)

NHS Choices. Are pregnant women entitled to free NHS dental treatment? (Page last reviewed: 14/07/2016 Next review due: 14/07/2019).

NICE (2008) Antenatal care for uncomplicated pregnancies,Clinical guideline [CG62] Last updated: January 2017.

RCOG (2006) Recreational Exercise and Pregnancy: Information for you, London, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists:

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    Last reviewed on June 26th, 2018. Next review date June 26th, 2021.

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    Please note that these comments are monitored but not answered by Tommy’s. Please call your GP or maternity unit if you have concerns about your health or your baby’s health.
    • By Ashley (not verified) on 7 Apr 2020 - 16:06

      I had pelvic girdle pain show up a couple weeks ago, I thought my spine was out of place. It's good to know that this is just part of pregnancy and will go away eventually. Stretching is helping a lot at this point. Do you happen to talk about pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome at all?

    • By Everlyn (not verified) on 19 Mar 2020 - 02:41

      Am 19 weed 2 days but l have not felt the movement

    • By Blessing (not verified) on 8 Mar 2020 - 20:46

      I do appreciate every piece of word said here cos am learning alot.

    • By Ali (not verified) on 2 Mar 2020 - 18:59

      Am 19 weeks according to the this app but I have left the baby movements as yet should I be worried

    • By princess ani (not verified) on 23 Feb 2020 - 10:00

      Good day, At 19 weeks plus I saw a light drop of blood last week that lasted for an hour and this morning again am seeing the same light drop of blood again... Pls what's wrong.... hope am save?

    • By Tina (not verified) on 22 Feb 2020 - 04:49

      Am 19weeks now and I can feel like my baby is still small plus there are no movements.

    • By Faye Curtis (not verified) on 28 Jan 2020 - 17:29

      2 day I am 19 weeks and 4 days and still haven't felt my baby move or any flutters do I need to worry also my left breast is more sore then the right is there a reason why

    • By Taylor (not verified) on 30 Dec 2019 - 18:32

      I went for my ultrasound and they couldn’t determine the gender should I be worried the heart rate was 134 is that normal

    • By Nomvula (not verified) on 26 Dec 2019 - 05:26

      Am 19 weeks pregnant and I felt flutters when he's going to start kicking

    • By Abi (not verified) on 4 Dec 2019 - 10:12

      I'm 19 weeks pregnant and 3 days ago, I had my first baby flutters. I was so excited and relieved. Best feeling ever

    • By Nowshin (not verified) on 26 Nov 2019 - 15:31

      I’m 19 weeks pregnant and my bump is not so big also I don’t feel any movement of my baby. Is it normal?

    • By Beckie Nicholas (not verified) on 30 Dec 2019 - 23:33

      I am 19 to 20 weeks now. And am not feeling the movement of my baby is it normal?

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 25 Jan 2020 - 07:18

      If it’s your first child no need to worry you will feel some movements soon

    • By Elizabeth (not verified) on 7 Nov 2019 - 04:54

      should I worry

    • By Funmi (not verified) on 29 Sep 2019 - 11:41

      Am 19weeks today but my bumps is not big

    • By Cece (not verified) on 22 Sep 2019 - 19:58

      I am 19 weeks today and have felt the flutters since 16th week! The movements have become pronounced lately even though they still very gentle! It's a very wonderful experience!

    • By Kwagala Maggie (not verified) on 10 Sep 2019 - 15:15

      Am 19weeks but I can't feel my baby's movements ,do why need to see a doctor or ts still early.

    • By Deja (not verified) on 18 Oct 2019 - 20:18

      Don’t worry! you still have time to feel the flutters or movements most people feel them from week 18-22 so you still have time! don’t let that worry you

    • By Everlyne Wambaya (not verified) on 3 Sep 2019 - 16:19

      Iam geatfu with this it has really helpt me I'm almost 19 weeks pegnant with twins

    • By Sdanile (not verified) on 14 Jun 2019 - 05:48

      Thanks for the advice guys. And im 19wk 2days pregnant. If i have any problem i came straight tothe webside and read your comments. Those comments always help me. Thank you guys

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