Pregnancy Week 19

It is now 18 weeks from your last menstrual period Your baby is now at 16 weeks gestation and is almost 5 1/2 inches long from crown to rump (7 inches from head to toe).

A cheesy coating called vernix is beginning to form on your baby to protect his skin from the amniotic fluid. Your baby’s body growth is now catching up to his or her head. Believe it or not, if your baby is a girl, early ovaries contain early follicles with early eggs.

Advice for Mom

Many women have trouble sleeping at night about now.

Even if you were very athletic before your pregnancy, you maybe should avoid activities such as jogging, water-skiing, diving, downhill skiing, bicycling, and contact sports. A nice brisk walk is a better choice now. Talk to your doctor about other options.

What do you think?