Pregnancy: Week - 19

How your baby is growing:

Your baby is really starting to put on weight this week as fat deposits under the skin continue, he or she now weighs in at about eight and one half ounces and is around six inches long. And your baby’s body isn’t all that’s growing at an amazing rate, this week the brain makes a major break through as the centers that interpret taste, smell, sound and touch develop. Now if you talk to your baby or play him/her music he/she will understand! Studies show baby’s that were spoken to often in the womb have higher intelligence later in life so get conversing with your belly. On top of understanding the brain is also now capable of conscious movement. This means your baby can do things intentionally now, like get into his or her favorite position or suck his or her thumb! The permanent teeth buds are now forming behind the milk teeth your baby will get in the first few years of his or her life. If your baby is a girl she now has eggs forming in her ovaries. As a mere trivia fact were you aware that a woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have present in her ovaries? That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?

How your body is changing:

Your body is really kicking into overdrive to get this baby grown as a result you may begin to overheat often or just feel hot in general. Another side effect of this is heat rash. Heat rash is also referred to as prickly heat or the summer rash because it’s caused by heat. The rash appears as a big blotchy red spot covered in little bitty bumps sort of like goose bumps.

To reduce the occurrence of heat rash:

  • Wear lightweight, loose, breathable cotton clothing.
  • Try to stay out of the heat, and if you begin to feel hot make effort to cool down.
  • Try using fans and keep windows open or air conditioners in your home.
  • If it’s cold where you are now, avoid over dressing.

If you develop a rash that does not go away over time there is a chance it is not heat rash but something else and you should seek medical attention.

On top of over heating and heat rash you may also begin to experience tingling or numbness in your hands and feet. This caused by pressure placed on the nerves within the joints by swelling and water retention. The tingling and numbness is called Carpal tunnel syndrome and is far more common in the hands.

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How to treat heat rash:

Heat rash almost always goes away on its own once the skin cools down. So cool down the skin would be treatment number one. If itching becomes severe you can apply calamine lotion. Some women find cool showers to help in extreme cases.

To reduce the occurrence of carpal tunnel:

  • Avoid forceful repetitive wrist movements if possible.
  • If you must continue these movements wear a wrist brace.
  • When on the computer keep your chair height so that your wrists are not bent downward to type.
  • Avoid sleeping on your hands, and if it’s comfortable for you even consider propping them up.

When to see your doctor:

  • If pain, tingling and/or numbness begins to interfere with everyday life or becomes excessively painful.
  • Before taking any pain medication besides Tylenol or other non-NSAID pain relievers.
  • If pain, numbness or tingling is in areas other than the hands and feet.