At 19 weeks of pregnancy, your baby starts growing at a steady rate. You are in the middle of your second semester and may start feeling a little off balance, because of the growing baby inside. You may also experience cramping pains at 19 weeks pregnant.
At week 19, your uterus will now be right below the belly button. You will find a shift in your center of gravity, as the uterus keeps rising over your belly button. This change makes your feet movement uneasy and you will have trouble walking uphill or downhill. You may feel dizzy when you stand up quickly and feel slightly light headed. This is due to your swelling uterus applying pressure on the large vein “inferior vena cava,” which transports blood from your abdomen, legs and pelvis to your heart. As a result of compression of this vein, circulation of blood to legs is slowed down, making you dizzy. This is all common during pregnancy, which you need not worry about.
Another change which you may feel at 19 weeks of pregnancy is discomfort and pain in the lower abdomen. The cramps feel like a slight jab, when you shift your position suddenly, when you try to get out of your bed or even cough. This pain is described by some women as a feeble sensation. This uncomfortable, common complaint in second trimester is known as “round ligament pain”. It generally occurs on your pelvis right side area and is mainly caused due to the stretching of round ligaments which are connected to the uterus. Warm baths, applying warm compresses and sleeping on the other side helps in providing some relief from this pain.
Round ligament pain lasts only for a few seconds. This pain may be confused with other health issues, so you should consult your doctor, if the pain in lower abdomen is accompanied by:
- Increased pressure in the pelvic region or lower back pain
- Severe cramping or pain
- Nausea, fever and chills
- Burning sensation or pain while urinating
- Bleeding or a difference in vaginal discharge.