Your baby’s little brain is undergoing rapid growth, requiring a balanced diet to support this crucial development. Let’s delve into the developments occurring this week.
At 19 weeks, your baby has reached approximately 19cm in length. Their developed tastebuds enable them to taste the sweetness of the amniotic fluid, shaping their preference for sweet tastes later in life. Additionally, their hearing is rapidly developing, becoming sensitive enough to detect sounds beyond the range of adult hearing.
Approaching the 20-week mark, you’ll have the opportunity for a comprehensive ultrasound scan. This scan provides specialists with a detailed assessment of your baby’s health from head to toe and offers you a firsthand glimpse of your baby’s features. Some hospitals even offer the option to purchase a photo of the scan as a keepsake.
Despite the temptation to indulge in the notion of “eating for two,” there’s no need to increase calorie intake until the third trimester. However, prioritizing a healthy diet now ensures your baby receives essential nutrients for optimal growth and development. Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy to provide essential calcium daily.
Pregnancy hormones, combined with pressure from your growing baby, can lead to heartburn or indigestion, particularly as you enter the second trimester. Heartburn, or acid reflux, occurs when stomach acid rises into the esophagus due to relaxation of the stomach valve. To alleviate discomfort, drink fluids between meals, opt for smaller, well-chewed portions, and avoid spicy foods, citrus juices, and caffeine. Sleeping propped up and avoiding eating or drinking before bedtime can also help mitigate symptoms.
If you have any questions or concerns about your pregnancy or birth, our Careline team is available to offer advice and support. Reach out to them between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm, Saturday to Thursday, for personalized assistance tailored to your needs.
|Baby’s Brain Development
|Rapid growth phase in baby’s brain development. – Balanced diet crucial to support this growth.
Baby at 19 weeks, approximately 19cm long. – Developed tastebuds allow tasting of amniotic fluid sweetness. – Hearing sensitivity increasing, detecting sounds beyond adult range.
|Anticipating the 20-Week Scan
|Upcoming ultrasound scan offers detailed assessment of baby’s health. – Opportunity to see baby’s features for the first time.
Some hospitals offer scan photo purchase as keepsake.
|Maintaining a Healthy Diet
|No need to increase calorie intake until third trimester. – Emphasis on healthy diet for baby’s growth and development.
Incorporate fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy for essential nutrients.
|Managing Heartburn and Indigestion
|Pregnancy hormones and growing baby pressure may lead to heartburn or indigestion. – Recommendations to alleviate symptoms include fluid intake between meals, smaller, well-chewed portions, and avoidance of trigger foods.
Sleeping propped up and refraining from eating or drinking before bedtime can also help.
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