Pregnancy is almost half over by the time a woman reaches 19 weeks. This is also the middle of the second trimester, often called the "golden trimester," because it's the most symptom-free and comfortable period of pregnancy, note Drs. Thomas deHoop and Arthur Ollendorff of the University of Cincinnati. By 19 weeks, pregnancy makes itself known through a number of common symptoms.
By 19 weeks, the uterus typically reaches the navel, or umbilicus, notes eMedTV. Women who are not overweight can feel that the abdomen below the belly button is firmer than normal and protrudes slightly, making it difficult if not impossible to fit into their regular clothes. Overweight women may have a harder time discerning the outline of the uterus at this point.
Women in their second, third or more pregnancy usually feel fetal movements, called quickening, at an earlier stage than first-time moms. Eighteen to 20 weeks is a common time for first timers to feel movement, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Quickening typically feels like little flutters or butterfly movements against the inside of a mother's skin. Real kicks come later. By 19 weeks, many women will have experienced quickening.
Hormone-related skin changes often become apparent--and annoying--around 19 weeks. Normal skin changes affect 90 percent of pregnant women and may be related to increased estrogen levels. These include a darkening of the skin around the nipples, navel, perineum and armpits, according to deHoop and Ollendorff. Increased pigmentation on the face, called the mask of pregnancy, or chloasma, occurs in some women. The line between the navel and pubic bone, the linea nigra, usually darkens as well. Skin tags, small fleshy benign growths and moles also might increase around the 19th week of pregnancy. Palms of the hands and feet may become redder than usual and itchy. Small dilated blood vessels, called spider angiomas, may appear on the face, shoulders and arms, eMedTV notes.
Round Ligament Pain
Round ligament pain is common around 19 weeks, Women's Health Care reports. The round ligament attaches to the uterus and normally is less than a quarter-inch thick, deHoop and Ollendorff explain. By the second trimester, the round ligament increases in size and becomes more taut, or tight. A sudden movement can stretch the ligament, causing pain in the lower abdomen that lasts up to a few minutes.