19 Weeks Pregnant
You'll probably have another prenatal checkup around week 19 of pregnancy. When you go in for your scheduled checkup, make sure to bring with you a piece of paper with any questions you or your spouse may have thought of in the past month.
During your week 19 prenatal checkup, your doctor will likely check the following:
- Blood pressure
- Your baby's heartbeat.
By the time you are 19 weeks pregnant, you should weigh 10 to 13 pounds more than your pre-pregnancy weight.
Your healthcare provider records your blood pressure at every checkup. He or she is still watching for any changes that could indicate a possible problem (see High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy or Preeclampsia).
Again, this month your urine will be tested for:
- Signs of infection
- Protein, which can be a sign of high blood pressure
- Sugar, which can be a sign of gestational diabetes.
Your doctor can measure the size of the growing uterus by pushing down on your abdomen and feeling the upper edge. When you are 19 weeks pregnant, your uterus should reach your belly button.
Your Baby's Heartbeat
Again, you will have the chance to hear the baby's heartbeat, which will be louder than in previous months. With a handheld Doppler, your healthcare provider will be able to pick up the heartbeat of your baby.