20 Weeks Pregnant

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At 20 weeks pregnant, you have officially hit the halfway mark. Congrats! Let me tell you what to expect during the 20th week of your pregnancy.

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Mommy Matters

At this stage, the upper part of your uterus and the belly button are now almost at the same level. You now weigh about 10 pounds more and you should brace yourself for yet another pound every week moving forward. For moms who started this journey while underweight, they should consider putting on more weight. It is critical that you adhere to a strict iron intake. Iron is the key to making the red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen (hemoglobin).

Your belly is increasingly rounded; it sits just below your belly button. Your extra blood volume helps supply the organs, which are working harder now to support you and your baby.

At 20 weeks pregnant, you may discover slight changes to your body i.e. you may feel plum when you look yourself in the mirror, not nice I know but this is just the beginning, you have a long journey to experience. Further to this, you find yourself sensitive to various foods and smells that your body reject or adversely react to; this is your baby alerting you to what he/she dislikes aye.

At week 20, first-time moms are enjoying the baby movements which start between week 18 and now. These movements may feel like butterflies, a rumbling stomach or even gas.

Baby Watch

At 20 weeks pregnant, your baby’s limbs will have significantly lengthened over the last few weeks. Other organs, including the lungs, immune system, and the digestive systems are now on a full gear development rate. The bones are also getting stronger.

Your baby’s skin begins to release a white, waxy substance called “vernix caseosa,” which forms a protective coating on the skin.

The baby is putting her digestive system to test by swallowing more. Your baby is now producing meconium in her bowels. This is the dark substance you will see for the first time she soils the diaper. Keep in mind that there are instances where the baby passes meconium while in the womb or during delivery.

At this point, your baby’s skeleton is now clearly visible given that her bones have been beefed up with a lot of calcium. Taking food rich in calcium will go a long way in helping your baby.

Baby Weight and Size

At 20 weeks pregnant, your baby measures around 10-1/2 inches (26.7 cm) long and weighs around 360 grams (12-1/4 oz). Just about the size of a carrot.

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20 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Remedies

At 20 weeks pregnant, you are probably experiencing frequent headaches, especially when in a hot, stuffy rooms without adequate ventilation or that is fluorescent lit. The best remedy is to walk out for fresh air every now. You should also consider dressing appropriately. If you are feeling too hot, chances are, this is the main cause of your headaches.

Tips and To Do’s

Join a childbirth class

If you are yet to join a childbirth class, this is the perfect time to start looking for one especially if this is your first pregnancy. Signing up for a class helps to prepare you and your partner for labor and delivery.

Ultrasound

If you are anxious about the color to paint the baby’s room, (pink or blue), this is the time to take an appointment for ultrasound and you can ask the sonographer to reveal your baby’s gender if you want. Apart from that, this ultrasound takes various key measurements of your baby and checks her organs and body systems. The position of your placenta will also be checked.

Avoid driving

According to statistics, pregnancy increases chances of a serious car crash by 42 percent, especially during the second trimester. Symptoms that characterize the second trimester, which may include nausea, distraction, and fatigue can increase the risk.

Start preparing for D-day

By the 20th week of your pregnancy, you should be thinking about delivering your baby. As any mom will confess, the joy of bringing a little one into this world is a life-changing and a memorable event. You will probably spend most of your time going over your hopes and wishes for the D-day.

Why not take a journey and jot down all your thoughts and plans for that special day. Doing this will make easy for you to get your desires in line and communicate them with your family and friends who will be there for support during the rigors of labor.

Stay mindful of your diet

It is critical that you stay mindful of your diet. You cannot afford to ignore the value of iron. By increasing your iron intake, you will be boosting the production of hemoglobin in your baby as well as keeping anemia at bay. Iron also helps prevent premature birth and low birth weight. Make sure you get between 27 to 30 mg of iron every day.

Here are foods rich in iron you should try:

  • Lean red meat
  • Pork
  • Dried fruits
  • Dried bean
  • Wheat germ
  • Oatmeal
  • Spinach
  • Grains fortified with iron

Preparing the baby’s room

At 20 weeks pregnant, you and your spouse may be yet to settle on the theme for the baby’s room. Regardless of whether or know you are aware of your baby’s gender, this is the best time to kick start these preparations.

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