At 20 weeks pregnant, you’re halfway there. You have exactly another 20 weeks to go. So, what is your baby up to now and what should you expect? Read on, you'll discover shortly.
At 20 weeks, the fetus weighs between 9-10 ounces and measures 6 inches from crown to feet. It can hear sounds inside your body such as growling of your stomach, pumping of your heart and noise when you speak. It can also hear sounds from outside.
In fact, your baby may be startled by any loud noise from outside too. If the little one is startled by the noise, it may cover its ears with the hands. When you’re 20 weeks pregnant, your baby now continues to move vigorously kicking, punching, wiggling, turning and twisting especially at this time there’s hefty room for your baby in the womb.
Fine, soft hair known as lanugo has begun to grow on your baby’s head, temples, back and shoulders. This fine hair protects your baby and disappears by the first week after birth.
Importantly, your body continues to undergo many changes in pregnancy week 20. Stretch marks become more prominent with your expanding belly. This is no cause for embarrassment.
In fact, think of those lines on your breasts, butt and belly with pride. It’s not really possible to avoid stretch marks. You could feel good by asking your partner to give you a cocoa butter massage.
Also remember that your dermatologist can certainly make your stretch marks disappear after delivery. So, relax and forget about those unsightly marks. As you’re 20 weeks pregnant, you may also notice other skin changes such as rashes and acne.
Again, this is common and will go away after pregnancy. Your protruding belly and disappearing waistline may also lead to other symptoms such as bladder infections. This is due to the relaxation of the smooth urinary tract muscles. Your thyroid gland may also go on an overdrive leading to increased, deeper perspiration.
You must remember to sit straight and maintain the right posture to alleviate back pain. Do not stand for too long and use a comfortable chair to sit. Use pillows to support your back and waist when you sleep. If you have to lift things, do so with your legs, not your back.
In pregnancy week 20, it’s not too early for you to start attending childbirth education classes. These classes will teach you how best to handle labor and delivery.
These classes will teach you how to cope with parenthood during the difficult first few months. You will learn important tips and tricks on coping with associated stress, fatigue and other postpartum issues.
When you’re 20 weeks pregnant, your doctor may possibly recommend the second trimester ultrasound. This ultrasound offers you an opportunity to find out the sex of your baby, that is, if you want to.
Most couples want to know if they are having a daughter or son as this is very exciting and enables them to decorate their little one’s nursery in advance. Boy or Girl, you're blessed!