By the 19th week, the uterus has grown very much and reached the belly button. The baby is also developing very fast and maintaining balance is becoming even more difficult. If not careful, you could trip several times and even experience back pain as you try leaning backward in search of a center of gravity.
In this week, the baby is weighing about 8.5 ounces and ½ foot long. Other developments include;
Tdap is an important vaccine that pregnant women should get at the 19th or 20th week to help protect them from tetanus, pertussis, and diphtheria. It prevents muscle stiffness and growth at the back of the throat. Note that the vaccine should also be given to kids at the age of 7-18 months or adults at the age of 19 years if they have never received it.
From the 19th week, all the disturbing symptoms of the first trimester have disappeared, and the risk of miscarriage is very low. Because of this, 19th week to 27th week is the best time to travel. However, you need to know a few things about traveling when pregnant;
When pregnant, a trip to a developing country should be carefully thought and reviewed carefully. Even though medical experts will rarely tell you not to, the best thing is to avoid going there. This is because most of the facilities to support you in case of an emergency are poorly developed. If you must, here is some useful info on how to go about it;
Who doesn’t love hot tubs? The joy of swimming in very high temperatures is a thrill. However, the hot tub is bad for your pregnancy! Even if you feel some pain and want to get relieved, do not do it in the hot tub. In fact, the safest way that medical experts recommend is staying off the hot tab the moment you decide to conceive.
Staying in a hot tub can elevate the body temperatures to over 102 degrees F and cause hypothermia. Research indicates that high temperatures could elevate the danger of neutral tube defects and miscarriages. Besides, high temperatures in the hot tub can lower blood pressure and compromise oxygen supply to the baby.
Well, note that this does not mean that a hot bath is bad. However, consider only using warm water (below 100 degrees F).