Pregnancy Update | 19 Weeks

It’s pregnancy update time!  In my weekly update I share what’s happening in my pregnancy journey with you.  This includes general stats such as how I’m feeling, any symptoms I’m experiencing, food cravings and aversions, weight gain, bump shots, etc., as well as what’s going on in my life that’s pregnancy-related and any baby things we’ve purchased or received as gifts.  Here’s the scoop at 19 weeks:

bump update 19 weeks

Check out that bump growth!  It popped out even more this past week.  I absolutely love it!  I’ve never been a big fan of touching my tummy, but I’m starting to really embrace it, now that Baby Girl is so noticeably in residence.  Also notable is that this week is my first bump shot without makeup.  My skin is pretty happy lately, which is a sweet bonus.

Here’s the current status:

❊ How Far Along – 19 weeks

Baby Size Comparison – Heirloom Tomato (6″ and 6 ounces)

Symptoms – Had a few charlie horse leg cramps in my calves a couple of mornings, but they were fleeting, luckily.  Also, started feeling a bit of what I can only assume are aches from my uterus growing.  They’re not intense or long-lasting, just a slight ache around the bottom part of my uterus from time to time.

❊ Physical Changes – Bump popped out even more!  I feel like this is going to be a common refrain from here on out 😉

Weight Gain – 1 pound (10 total)

❊ Mood – Still feeling calm and happy for the most part, but experienced my first bouts of hormonal emotions in the last half of the week.  I’m not a big crier (that’s the understatement of the year!), but I ended up in tears at the end of the night for a few days in a row and it wasn’t over anything important or for particularly rational reasons.  It’s a strange new experience for me, but so is all of this pregnancy business, so I’ll take it!

Sleep – Happy to report I’m back to my full 8 hour quota and it’s delightful!

Food Cravings – I’ve been all about milk this week.  I’ve always enjoyed a glass of milk with a sweet treat, but this past week I’ve really looked forward to just a tall, cold glass full every night after dinner.

Food Aversions – Fish still.  Additionally, raw meat has taken on a new ickiness for me.  I can’t even be in the kitchen when meat prep is underway!  Fortunately, I’m in charge of post-meal cleanup, so that works out well.

Missing – My dog, Winnie, but that was only for a couple of days.  We flew home to see family over the weekend and it seemed like too much to make Winnie go through travel for such a short visit.  We’re back in Utah now and reunited.  Yay for puppy cuddles!

Looking Forward To – Still waiting on feeling baby move.  I’m trying to be patient, but it’s not easy!  I’ve experienced sensations in my belly all week, but nothing that feels distinctively like movement.  I’m waiting for that “Oh!” moment.

❊ This Week’s Happenings – It’s been one of those crazy busy whirlwind kinds of weeks, between traveling home and trying to cram in lots of work prep and home things.  There’s also been a few challenging situations in my personal life that I’ve had to work through, as everyone does from time to time.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised how even keeled I’ve felt throughout all of this.  It’s really something for me to feel so grounded and at peace when I’m so used to dealing with the rise and fall of anxiety.  Even my emotional moments have felt calming in a way.  I think pregnancy is helping to ground me!  Who knew? 🙂

I talk more about my week in this video if you’re interested:

Please let me know if there are any other stats you’d like me to add to the list.  I’m happy to share!
Thank you so much for your well wishes, kind words, and helpful advice.  I appreciate your support so much!


* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *


40 thoughts on “Pregnancy Update | 19 Weeks”

  1. The first movements you feel will feel like “flutter” way, way down low. 🙂

    I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly!

  2. The first kicks will feel like a rubber band snapping on the inside of your uterus, that’s they way someone described it to me and it was spot on!

    I love your updates! Keep going strong Mama!

  3. People are dense on the boy/girl thing no matter what. I dressed our son in mostly light blue because he looked good in it, and he had a light blue blanket. I still got questioned regularly if it was a boy or a girl.
    As for cloth diapering – I couldn’t make it work as a working mom. Bringing them to daycare each day and then having to come home and wash and expecting the sitter to store them all day. It didn’t work for us. Your lifestyle as a stay at home mom though you might be able to swing it.
    Best of luck for a continued healthy pregnancy

    1. hahaha this made me laugh as when I had my baby girl she would be sitting in her stroller dressed head to toe in pink, pink bows in her hair, pink frilly dress, pink socks and pink dummy sitting on her pink blanket and I would get questioned whether it was a boy or girl, in the end I used to have some fun and say ‘yeah his name is Frank’! lol

  4. I was the exact same way about not wanting people to touch my stomach. It’s just so awkward especially when people you barely know do it. They don’t even ask permission! Glad your pregnancy is going well. You’ll feel baby girl soon – in one of these updates you’ll talk about how she doesn’t stop moving!

  5. Im so Happy and excited for u both!! Must be a year for the girls!!! I know so many people who are having girls!!!! Im so super excited to share that my son and daughter in law are having their first child and my first grandchild and yes its a girl!!!!! Im beyond excited!!!! I have 3 sons and my family is boy dominant. I have only one niece so you can only imagine my excitement!!! She is also due in January, around the 14th. What ever choices you and hubby make will be the right choice. As Ive told my son and daughter in law, you’re the parents and know what is best for you and your child!!! No one else can make that decision for you!!!! People will have a lot to say and please dont let them get to u. The best thing is to ignore it and dont address it!!! You and Don are going to be amazing parents as will my son and daughter in law. You radiant with love and your child is blessed to have you! Ive enjoyed and loved every single second of my children. Time goes so fast, even when you think its not. Savor every single second. There’s nothing more important that a child knowing its safe and has unconditional love from a parent. You will see that all the time, even things that you didnt think were important will make a huge impact on your daughters life when shes older. I have the most amazing relationship with my sons. I couldnt be prouder or love them anymore than I do. God Bless u all!

  6. You’ve probably felt those early movements and not even realized that’s what it was. It is more like little, soft twinges. Or like soft little tummy gurgles. Think of non-pregnant days when you’ve maybe had a little twinge deep and low….it’s very similar. Later the movements become more distinct, like someone dragging a finger across your skin.

    With my first, I was feeling the little ‘twinges’ and wondered if it was movement. I happened to be at a doctor appointment and he said baby was located so-n-so, and that was right where I was feeling the twingy flutters. We both laughed once it was confirmed.


  7. You look absolutely amazing in all of your pictures, but when you said you weren’t wearing makeup I had to do a double take. Your skin is so glowing and gorgeous and you are just a natural beauty. I hope you are feeling as stunning as you look! <3 Also, I just bought a snoogle after seeing your video where you mentioned it. I'm not in the time in my life where I'm thinking of having kids, but I have a lot of neck pain and I wondered what it would be like to useas a fully body pillow. I'm trying it tonight for the first time and can't wait! It seems like a pillow I can use for many many years to come!

  8. You are just glowing! You look SO HEALTHY! Funny, how fast your pregnancy is flying by. Mine seemed to c..r..a..w..l! I’m SURE you would disagree.:)
    Keep doing what you’re doing. Pregnancy becomes you.

  9. Hi there Jen! I have a request of another possible “stat” to add to this blog post, for maybe possibly next week: how Winnie feels about all of these changes… I remember when I was 6, I got my first-ever puppy, and my mum at that time was pregnant with my youngest brother, and I, at the time, didn’t really notice the changes in my dog’s behaviour, but looking back, he would unintentionally “act out” and whine a lot,he would also be constantly barking at everything.He would also spend a lot of time hanging out in my bedroom, with me, not that I would’ve minded😜. I was feeling upset and confused often with the my dog’s unusual behaviour; and my dad explained that he was feeling very upset, and ignored by all of our family’s changing dynamics and schedules…Flash forward to three years later, my brother and my dog began to warm-up to one another, and remained the best of friends, until a few years ago when he passed away. 😢
    I think that this would be a great new addition to these blog posts. Unless I’m mistaken, didn’t you mention in the very first blog post that you would mention any changes in Winnie’s behaviour? I totally understand if you decide not to share… I also have a name suggestion for your daughter; since you have such a close connection with your Grandma, Betty, wouldn’t it be a very sweet thing to name your daughter after her?
    Thanks for being such an amazing inspiration and support for my blog! I really appreciate it! Take care
    Katherine M.

  10. Question for Don for upcoming video – “what is the one piece of advice your dad gave you that you want to pass on to your daughter?”. Jen, you look so beautiful and so happy!

  11. I was wondering where do you get your drinking water from? Bottled, tap, filtered at home, home delivery etc.? I have yet to find a great solution for me in my pregnancy and was curious what you use. Thanks!

  12. Hi Jen! Just wondering if you’re going to put your child in daycare or if you’re going to stay at home with it? It’ll be very difficult to try to work and watch it at home at the same time when it gets older (like over 1 years old)

  13. Would highly recommend cloth nappies. I have used with my twin girls and it was worth the extra effort. You use a tiny amount of detergent and I wash at 60 degrees Celsius. Disposables were much worse for nappy rash and contain a lot of chemicals. Plus they look soooo cute! I love bum genius and tots bots bamboozles. There is a brilliant website for research called Check out too for reusable wipes. They are even more amazing than cloth nappies! Loving seeing your journey unfold from over this side of the Atlantic! X

    1. I agree. I use cloth nappies (diapers) and they are fantastic. I put them in a cold rinse cycle and then pop any other towels etc in and do a wash.
      Small baby face cloth with a few drops of tea-tree oil is perfect in the bucket.
      Check out (she is aimed at the NZ market but a lot of her ideas for waste free parenting are universal).
      I do confess though I use disposables overnight and when we are going out for an extended period of time.

  14. Lynne is right, My son wore baby jeans and tiny little flannel shirts and boots. People would say she is so cute, I would look at them like are you blind. Dress her in whatever you want.
    *Question for Don, how does it feel to know that you will be the man in your daughters life until she is married. My dad was my world and I chose a husband very similar to him. Daddy’s show their daughters how a man is supposed to treat them, how excited are you about this.

  15. Hi Jen! These questions I saw in a dad-to-be tag and wanted to post them if Don would want to answer any of them:
    *What percentage of your friends are dads?
    *Do you think you’ll be squeamish during the birth?
    *Will you catch the baby?
    *Would you want to cut the umbilical cord?
    *What are you doing to prepare for the birth and fatherhood?
    *What are you most excited for in becoming a dad?
    *What are you most afraid in becoming a dad?
    *What do you think will be the most difficult age for your child?
    *What is the one thing you hope the baby inherits from you?
    *What’s one thing you hope the baby inherits from Jen?
    *What advice have you received as a dad-to-be?

    I look forward to your guys’ Q&A video 😀

  16. Loved hearing your updates! As far as the diaper situation…in my case it was the baby who decided what we should do! My daughter was allergic to disposable diapers…every time we used them she broke out horribly! It would make her pretty miserable and take so long for her rash to clear up. My son could use disposable diapers and I took “advantage” of that because it was much more convenient for me!!! Whatever you decide to do with the diapers and the dressing of baby girl it will be fine….she is going to be loved and well taken care of and that is all that matters in the grand scheme of things!!! Have fun in Utah!

  17. bump is growing I missed your week 18 update and went from 17 to 19 and wowzers Jen!! She is def. growing! So happy for you and Don! 🙂

  18. Hi Jennifer!

    Try drinking pickle juice (the brine that soaks pickles) when you start feeling that charlie horse. Then follow with a glass of water. Its the lactic acid trapped and this should work in seconds.

    I remember when i was pregnant red meat was a no-no for me too; as well as fried eggs.
    My whole pregnancy I craved waffles with maple syrup…my husband had to make sure to cover every square with syrup or it was a no go…so silly!

    As far as feeling when baby girl will flutter; probably another 3 to 4 more weeks…then it gets great. Apparently, our little one would nap in my belly all day. I guess i would rock him to sleep by walking…and at night i would be still ready to sleep and all of sudden my husband and i would feel and hear thuds on our mattress…baby was awake and ready to party! We didn’t mind 🙂 Your going to experience the same and so much more…be patient and i do look forward to hearing all about it.

    lots of love,

  19. Have you given any thought to how your face care, body care, make up routines will change once baby comes? It seems strange to think about but there were many times I had 20 minutes and had to choose between eating, showering or a household chore!

  20. That bee outfit is too cute!
    Question: Are you going to get you daughters ears pierced or leave it until she can decide for herself?

  21. I love seeing you so happy and confident! Having your first child is definitely an experience that can be so exciting and rewarding. I know you will enjoy every minute of it. You received some very nice gifts. Most people are sweet and want to see you happy. You are going to love that baby girl so much and have so much fun watching her grow and learn things. I hope she will have your beautiful big brown eyes and Don’s thick hair! But most of all I pray for good health. xx

  22. Jen,

    Yes, your bump is looking so cute! And you are absolutely glowing…one hot mama! : ) Many blessing to you, Don, and Winnie!

  23. My first movements felt like butterflies in my stomach or like your tummy is doing a little tumble inside, it definitely wasn’t a distinction kicking feeling until much later on. Any little fluttering in your belly can be a sign of movement.

  24. hi! saw your comments on cloth diapering! I was forced into cloth diapering with my first back in 2009. every diaper we put him in regardless of brand etc he had a red burn like look everywhere it touched him! I taught myself about cloth diapering and ended up loving it! i used pocket diapers and found to love the brands bumgenius (they were 3.0 style back then), fuzzi buns, rumper-roos (spelling?). we also found that a wool cover over night worked the best for my heavy wetter!!! I had my two children 20 months apart and at one time i had two kiddos in cloth! It worked for us and I grew to love cloth diapering and felt i was doing something for my child in love. FYI – breast fed baby poop doest stain or stink!!!!! another plus for breast feeding! hope this helps a little bit!!!!

  25. Bubbles. Little bubbles is how the movements felt to me. You’ve probably felt them, and dismissed it.

    Don’t worry… Baby Girl will eventually be moving so much, she’ll wake you up!

    And don’t get me started on their hiccups! ;o)

  26. Jen-
    I just wanted you to know that you’ve been on my mind a lot lately. I noticed some really nasty things being posted on your social media, your Instagram posts specifically, and it just broke my heart to see such a wonderful person like you being attacked by cruel, heartless Internet bullies. Some people just can’t stand to see others be happy. Anyways, I’ve been sending a lot of positive thoughts your way to hopefully cancel out all of the negative 🙂
    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you for your support and encouragement. Please don’t worry about me, though. I truly don’t let those things get to me and I’m blessed with wonderfully supportive and lovely followers like you for the most part.

  27. I totally understand what your saying on the “belly touching” issue , but I think those people who want to touch or pat the tummy do so because it truly is touching a “MIRACLE in Process” & for some, it’s almost like there way of “blessing” or “well wishes” for the little life growing …. hopefully all will use manners and only touch or rub your belly by asking your permission first 😉 You are just ADORABLE and I know your Little Girl is going to be Stunningly Beautiful like her Momma !! It’s so FUN to watch your progress, your excitement , and soon , all of your planning and Baby Room Decorating ! God Bless

  28. Interesting that you say you’re craving milk. Leg cramps often occur because of lack of calcium. Guess what the main ingredient in milk is?! You got it, calcium! Your body’s craving usually give some insight on what your body is lacking, so pay attention to it. Keep on drinking that milk girl! 🙂

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