What You Might Be Feeling
Nearing the halfway point in your 40-week journey, chances are your jeans have shrunk, your appetite has grown, and, just maybe, you're feeling some kicks right about now. The unmistakable awareness that someone is inside you can be one of the greatest moments in the 40-week journey to motherhood. Latch onto it like a lifeline, because some of the other sensations going on right about now may be a lot less fun.
Other week 19 symptoms can include:
- Heartburn, bloating, indigestion, flatulence, constipation -- If it's related to your now-relaxed digestive system, you might be feeling it.
- Feeling off-balance -- Your expanding uterus is shifting your center of gravity, which can make you a little wobbly.
- Lower-back pain -- Your shifting center of gravity is wreaking havoc on your posture, too, forcing your lower back to take on more than its share of weight.
- Joint aches -- The hormone relaxin is loosening everything up.
- Dizziness when standing up -- Your blood pressure drops if you stand up too quickly.
- Light swelling in feet and ankles -- Your pregnancy-induced water retention is making things puffy.
- Leg cramps -- Nobody's sure why they happen, but they often strike at night in the lower legs.
- Pain around your abdomen and hips -- Round ligament pain is caused by the stretching of your abdominal muscles and ligaments to accommodate your growing uterus.
- Stretch marks -- If you don't get them, you're one of the lucky few. Only about 10 percent of pregnant women escape them entirely.
Most of these lovely symptoms have a purpose, at least: They're accommodating the amazing changes going on inside you right now …