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Pregnancy Week 19


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The Mom:

Several quick toning exercises will help you start preparing for labor, with the added benefit of helping you keep your expanding muscles tone. These are easy to do, but no exercise routine should be started without the advice of your physician.

Tummy Toners
  1. Lie on floor, with your knees bent, and your feet flat on the floor. Press the small of your back to the floor.
  2. Slowly extend your legs in front of you until they are both completely straight, but still keep your back pressed well down onto the floor.
  3. Draw one knee up and then the other, without lifting your back off the floor. Relax legs back down to the floor.
  4. Repeat 5 times.

Taylor Sitting helps loosen the groin and hips. It also stretches the inner thigh muscles. Sit on the floor with the soles of your feet together. Holding ankles, bring your pelvis and feet together by moving your hips towards your feet.

Squatting also helps prepare you for labor. Squatting has long been thought of as a good position for laboring. Squat down, being sure to keep a straight back. Try to put your heels down by placing your weight evenly. Press your elbows against your thighs pushing them outward.

SYMPTOMS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE

  • Breast Changes, tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
  • Frequent Urination
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Occasional headaches
  • Stretch Marks (cocoa butter can help with these)
  • Itching

The Baby:
Baby's weight this week averages around 8 ounces. Pregnancy lengths were measured as head to rump, but now well start using head to toe measurements. Using this method, your little one is almost 9 inches long Baby teeth have developed in the gums and the bud for permanent teeth are just starting to form. Baby is just starting to be aware of sounds outside the uterus, and you may feel baby startle at unexpected noises.



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