Pregnancy
19 weeks and 2 days pregnant

Your baby is increasingly using her hands and feet to explore her surroundings. All limbs have a full and unobstructed range of movements and the fingertips especially are extremely sensitive. Most of her movements are reflex responses at this stage.

Comfortably floating in her fluid-filled amniotic sac, your baby is made up almost completely of water.

Because water can travel through the skin and the baby is floating in amniotic fluid, her water content is really high, nearly 90 per cent. As your baby’s skin thickens and becomes less permeable, and her kidneys better regulate the amount of water lost in the urine, her proportion of water will reduce to 70 per cent at delivery and again to about 60 per cent by the age of 10 as kidney function continues to improve.

Fluids conduct sound waves but the inner ear is still immature and it will be three weeks before a startle response to sounds can be reliably seen on a scan. As both the uterine wall and the ear drums become thinner, she will gradually respond to higher frequencies and quieter sounds.

Pregnant women used to believe that not drinking enough water would make the baby dirty!

While it is important to stay hydrated during pregnancy, the amniotic fluid is not affected by what you drink.

Placenta praevia is when the placenta is either partially covering (minor) or completely covering (major) the cervix. In major placenta praevia, the baby cannot be born vaginally. Major placenta praevia poses a high risk of heavy bleeding, either in the later stages of pregnancy or during the actual labour, which is treated as an emergency.

If a low-lying placenta is detected at your 20-week scan, you may be offered another scan at about 34 weeks; the placenta may “move up” as the uterus grows, and by about 34 weeks no longer be low. With major placenta praevia, you may be admitted to hospital for bed rest in late pregnancy.

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Major placenta praevia

Placenta fully covering cervix

Cervix

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Minor placenta praevia

Placenta partially covering cervix

Cervix

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Neha Arora

| Jan 11, 2017

l m also suffering from Placenta Previa. But I don't know whether it is major or minor. pain occurs in my lower side of left abdomen.

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