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20 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

20 Weeks Pregnant

20 Weeks Pregnant
20 Weeks Pregnant

Your Baby at 20 Weeks

Your little 20 week fetus is half-way finished baking this week! From here on out, they’ll grow bigger and stronger, which will be evidenced by those increasingly strong kicks and punches.

How Big is Baby at 20 Weeks?

At 20 weeks pregnant, your baby is 6.5 inches long and weighs 10.58 ounces. That’s about the size of a Troll Doll. In fruit-speak, the size of baby at 20 weeks is similar to a small banana. Yum!

Baby’s Development at 20 Weeks

  • Taste: Your growing baby’s taste buds are coming along nicely. They now might begin to recognize strong flavors from foods you eat, like garlic, spicy dishes or curry.
  • Poop: You may be wondering if babies poop in utero. Well, sometimes. Your baby’s first poop is a dark, sticky substance called meconium.
Pregnant with Twins?

At 20 weeks pregnant, baby movement should be noticeable. But if you’re 20 weeks pregnant with twins, you may be feeling two distinct sets of kicks and punches by now. Kind of like an in-utero call and response!

What Is Meconium?

Around 20 weeks pregnant, as your baby’s digestive system grows, he starts to develop meconium because he’s been swallowing amniotic fluid and other cells in your uterus. You’ll get it know it well—it’s baby’s first poop.

While some babies pass it shortly before birth or on the way out, most wait until after they’ve been born to let it go. These meconium poops will be a really dark greenish-black, and viscous. They look gross and can stick to baby’s little bum. But it doesn’t smell and usually will be gone within the first 24-48 hours, replaced by yellowish, grainy poops for breastfed babies and yellow, tan, green or brown for formula-fed little ones.

Fun Fact

Your baby’s inner ear is the only sense organ that is fully developed at birth. It is fully baked by 20 weeks!

Holy exciting, Batman! The 20 week ultrasound is finally here! This week, you’ll see everything there is to see on your 20 week fetus, both inside and out. Be sure to pick up some frames for those adorable ultrasound pictures. 20 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Photo by Tommy’s

20 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?

20 weeks pregnant is four months and two weeks pregnant.

💛 Congratulations 💛

You are halfway through your pregnancy!🙌

20 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

Hopefully, you’re not too uncomfortable these days. After all, this is the best part of pregnancy—you’re not experiencing excessive fatigue and morning sickness but you’re not huge yet, either. Enjoy this special time and consider usin this energy to get started on the nursery!

  • Uterus: Your uterus has expanded up to your belly button.
  • Weight gain: Most women have gained about eight to 10 pounds by 20 weeks pregnant, and will start gaining a half to a full pound per week going forward.
  • Swelling: About 25 percent of your weight gain is coming from extra fluids, so swelling during pregnancy is completely normal, especially in your ankles and feet. It also goes by the name “edema.” If it gets uncomfortable, try staying off your feet and reducing your caffeine and sodium intake to manage it. (If you have sudden, extreme swelling in your hands and feet, contact your doctor. It may be a sign of preeclampsia.)
  • Iron intake: Make sure to get plenty of iron to help your body make extra blood. Docs recommend that you double your daily iron intake to 27 to 30 mg. In addition to a prenatal vitamin, keep some raisins or dried peaches by your desk to snack on, try this chicken chili recipe or saute some spinach as a side.
  • 20-week ultrasound: If you haven’t had it yet, your 20-week ultrasound will happen this week. Also known as anomaly scan or mid-pregnancy scan, this is your first photo op with your new baby. An ultrasound tech will scan baby’s body to make sure everything is growing at the right pace for their gestational age and is looking as expected. They’ll also look at your uterus and placenta and measure your amniotic fluid to make sure all’s well with mom, too. And if you want to find out if you’re having a boy or girl, now’s the time!

How to Prevent Leg Cramps

Leg cramps are one of the annoying symptoms that can come along with growing a new little human in your body. Pregnancy weight gain, swelling and changes to your circulation can make it harder for your blood to get from your legs to your heart, which can cause painful muscle cramps that wake you up in the night.

Though they may keep you from your precious sleep, most of the time leg cramps are just pesky and not serious. While there’s nothing to guarantee you won’t get them, here are some tips for preventing leg cramps.

  • Drink lots of water. Dehydration can lead to muscle cramping, so try to drink 8-10 8 oz. glasses of water a day.
  • Stretch your calf muscles throughout the day.
  • Exercise. If your healthcare provider gives you the OK, daily movement like a walk can help prevent leg cramps.
  • Compression or support socks and leggings sometimes can help improve blood flow.
  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time.

When leg cramps do strike, try stretching and massaging the cramping muscle. A heating pad or warm towel can also help alleviate the cramping.

Feeling Your Baby Move—and Kick Counts

Between 18 and 25 weeks, you’ll probably begin to feel your baby moving. So exciting! At first it feels like a light fluttering, known as “the quickening,” but you’ll soon start feeling kicks, jabs and somersaults from your growing baby.

If you’re not feeling it yet, and you’re getting regular checkups, your uterus is growing appropriately and you’re not experiencing any irregular bleeding, things are probably fine. You won’t need to start doing kick counts to monitor baby’s regular movements until your third trimester.

Top Tip for 20 Weeks Pregnant

For almost everybody, sex is safe during pregnancy, but you may find your sex drive fluctuates throughout your pregnancy.

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Village Tip

Some people develop really intense (read: helpful) spreadsheets about their baby gear and registry selections. Ask around to see if your friends have some and use these as the basis for your baby registry. Remember, not every family is the same, so your specific situation will still be the major decision factor.

A Guide to Pregnancy Sex

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When your body is no longer quite your own, the experience of sex—or even the idea of it—can seem just as foreign to you. There may be times during the course of your pregnancy when you want sex more; other times, you may have no interest, or even wonder if it is a good idea.

That’s all normal, says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, an ob-gyn and clinical professor at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Minkin draws from more than 35 years of educating and providing medical care to women. She answers the top five questions about pregnancy sex here.

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Week 20 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Create your baby registry.
  • Book a date night with your partner.
  • Capture the halfway point with a bump pic.
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