On the move in week 19
As you head into week 19, your baby is forming their own unique set of fingerprints. Both their fingernails and toenails are also continuing to grow and their hands can now make a firm grip1.
Because your baby’s blood vessels are visible in their skin, it has a red appearance, and vernix – a creamy-white protective coating – is developing1.
“…your baby is forming their own unique set of fingerprints.”
A fatty substance called ‘myelin’ is also forming around your baby’s nerves2. This insulates the nerves, supporting the motor neuron connections between their brain and their muscles1, enabling movements to be more coordinated2. Although, since your baby’s body won’t have formed much myelin by the time they are born, their movements will still appear jerky and uncoordinated2.
By week 20, you’re likely to have an anomaly scan. This is to check that your baby is growing and developing healthily. Your midwife or doctor will give you more information about this. The NHS also offers in-depth advice about this routine screening3.
Complete pregnancy nutrition from A to Zinc
Eating a balanced diet while you’re pregnant is more important than ever. It should include good sources of zinc, a trace element with a number of vital functions. Zinc helps your body process the fat, protein and carbohydrates in food4 in order to nourish your growing baby.
The average woman needs around 7mg per day, which you should be able to get from your diet5.
Add some of these zinc-rich foods to your shopping list6:
- Red meat such as beef and lamb
- Poultry, especially turkey
- Wholegrain breads and cereals
- Milk, cheese and eggs