19 Weeks & In Denial

by tinysneakers

Denial’s not exactly the right word. I didn’t know how to turn “feels surreal” into a noun. My brain is a little sluggish these days.

However you describe it, my pregnancy feels very surreal right now. I’m not curled up in the fetal position with morning sickness, but I’m not bursting at the seems with a protruding belly.

I essentially feel pretty normal. As in, there’s not a baby popping out of me in 5 months. As in there’s no nursery that needs to be painted or baby blankets that need to be bought. As in I’m just hanging out. {And skipping the beer during tailgating just for fun.}

This is not to say I don’t understand there’s a baby coming. It just feels a little bit like a game of just pretend right now.

19 weeks pregnant

What’s Baby Up To?

Even though I’m not outwardly noticing many changes, baby has been busy this past week!

He or she weighs 8 1/2 ounces and is 6 inches long, and can hear and pee. Exciting, I know.

Apparently the big thing this week is that baby’s covered in some kind of waxy coating to protect him or her from the amniotic fluid. Whattoexpect.com describes it by asking “Have you ever seen a mango dipped in cheese?” {Seriously. I couldn’t make this up.}

First of all, no, I have not seen a mango dipped in cheese. Why would anyone have seen that? It sounds like a bad Raffi song.

Second, that visual does not adequate describe a “greasy, white coating” to me.

Ok, enough of the gross visuals.

Here’s an alternative visual:

fetus at 19 weeks

How I’m Feeling

Fairly normal. I still have a couple boughts of nausea here and there, but they’re no big deal since I know there’s an end in sight. {Instead of around the clock nausea like the first 4 months.}

Other than that, I just have to pee constantly. This isn’t really a big change for me. I could probably set a Guinness World Record for smallest bladder. The only difference now is that I have to pee right after I pee. And it’s not just a feeling- I really do have to pee again, as if I never went the first time. So if you’re pregnant, remember that- and take action. Winking smile

19 week belly shot19 weeks pregnancy photo



Well, essentially nil. Embarrassingly I was working out slightly more in my tortuous first trimester than I am now. It’s limited to a one mile stroll around the neighborhood a few times a week, and once-a-week prenatal yoga {which is cancelled until the end of the month}. More on the yoga later!

Even though I feel confident I’m in the right range for weight gain, I’m still nervous about the midwife saying to take it easy. That’s the thing about pregnancy- you’re not just making decisions for yourself. {It starts already!} I’d hate to think my baby wasn’t growing enough just because I wanted to go for a bike ride or lift some weights. I’m sure it’s fine, but I can handle one more week of being semi-sloth like until I have confirmation that baby’s doing a-okay. I couldn’t handle knowing something wasn’t going right and it was my fault- something I could have avoided.

Odds & Ends

My brain doesn’t work. I lose thoughts mid-sentence. Words come out when I mean something entirely else. Sentences seemingly pick their own random word order. You’ve probably caught lots of grammar mistakes and typos lately. Trust me, you don’t want to see the un-edited versions. I’m more than a little foggy upstairs.

In other news, my maternity clothes came last week. I had to double check the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April Fool’s day. These jeans are a cruel joke for an expanding pregnant woman. The waist was literally made for a doll.

super small maternity jeanselastic waist jeans

too small maternity jeans

The pictures don’t do them justice. Maternity jeans fail.

What I’m Looking Forward To

The anatomy scan. This is THE ultrasound. The one where you get to examine every teeny tiny little organ and bone in baby’s body. It’s also when you could likely find out your baby’s gender. I say could on purpose- come back tomorrow to see why.

Days Until Next Appointment

SIX! {see above}


Catching up:

18 Weeks Pregnant

17 Weeks Pregnant

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Shanna, Like Banana September 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Ooo so exciting! I wasn’t showing much at 19 weeks either, especially in clothes! I’m just now popping at 24+ weeks, but today someone didn’t believe I was preggers.

As for the pee-ing..I hear ya! I have to go all the time and then again 10 minutes later. Argh!

Try J Brand Mama J jeans..they are adorable and awesome and don’t look like pregger’s jeans!


April September 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Keep your regular jeans. You are teeny and this is your first baby…you may never need pregger jeans – I didn’t with my first one (2,3 and 4 were totally different stories). Google maternity jeans extender or expander…they are called baby belt or something. Your shirts will cover the expansion and you will get to keep your regular jeans 🙂

You look great and I will keep a beer cold for you!!


Carolina John September 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm

You skinny bitch! Maternity jeans are awesome. Seriously, I still pull them out every Thanksgiving or when we go to a buffet. 20 weeks is around the earliest you can find out the sex, so good luck! Really, you still look amazing. Pregnant women shouldn’t do that.


Hotpotatokate September 6, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Wow- I can’t believe how much bigger your 19 week baby picture is than my 15 week one! You look amazing- my flabby pregnanct self is amazed, impressed and jealous!


sarah (the SHU box) September 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm

🙂 i think she meant ‘smaller’ ! i think there’s just so much variability – from you to jen to sabrina to emily, everyone looks different – and awesome 🙂


Hotpotatokate September 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I meant the baby in the picture from the app – mine still looks like it’s floating around happily, whereas Heather’s looks pretty uncomfortable 🙂 The bump itself looks teeny weeny and cute, whereas mine is a big ol’ bulge!


K. C. September 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Um, my youngest turned three yesterday, and I look about a billion more times pregnant than you. I officially hate you. 😉 Kidding.


Erin March 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm

This blog totally hits how I feel on the head. Thank you for sharing!


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