It’s week 19 of your pregnancy adventure and this week your baby may now be sucking a tiny thumb, shifting a little head or creating other diminutive movements that you may begin to sense.
Your voice, speaking, humming and crooning, is the most pronounced sound your baby is now hearing…how sweet is that?
Little kidneys continue working as urine is expelled into the amniotic environment holding your baby. The placenta, a major part of your baby’s life support system, is also busy working to eliminate these waste products from your baby’s surroundings. The vagina and uterus may begin developing in baby girls.
Did you know your baby is acquiring a white, slippery, cheese-like covering called vernix caseosa.? This layer will form over baby’s fine hair (lanugo) which now jackets the skin. Although the amniotic fluid which fills your baby’s uterine environment will protect your baby from bangs and bumps, the vernix caseosa aids in protecting the baby’s fragile skin from scrapes and chaffing that may occur from your baby’s immersion in this fluid.
“Now my belly is as noble as my heart.” – Gabriela Mistral
Enjoy all the magnificent changes during week 19!