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20 Weeks Pregnant

September 18, 2019

20 Weeks Pregnant

20 Weeks Pregnant
20 Weeks Pregnant

How Big is Your Baby at 20 Weeks?

When you’re 20 weeks pregnant, your baby is 6.5 inches long and weighs 10.58 ounces. That’s about the size of a Troll Doll.

Here’s what else to know when you’re 20 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby’s Development at 20 Weeks

Your baby 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 movements.

  • 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: Around the time you’re 20 weeks pregnant, your baby’s digestive system continues to grow, and they start to develop meconium. It’s the result of the amniotic fluid and other cells they’ve been swallowing. It’s also what will become baby’s first poop. Some babies pass meconium shortly before birth or on the way out, but most wait until after they’ve been born.
  • Moving and grooving: By 20 weeks, your baby is becoming more active, moving and floating around in there.

Feeling Your Baby Move—and Kick Counts

Between 18 and 25 weeks, you’ll probably begin to feel your baby moving. At first it feels like a light fluttering, known as “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, but mention any concerns to your healthcare provider. You won’t need to start doing kick counts to monitor baby’s regular movements until your third trimester.

And if you’re 20 weeks pregnant with twins, you may be feeling two distinct sets of kicks and movements by now. Kind of like an in-utero call and response!

Fun Fact

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

20 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

If you haven’t had it yet, your 20-week ultrasound will happen this week. Also known as an anatomy scan, 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 you too. And if you want to find out if you’re having a boy or girl, now’s the time!

20 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Photo by Tommy’s

Your Body: 20 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

For some, this time can be the best part of pregnancy—you’re may not be experiencing excessive fatigue and morning sickness, but baby’s not so big you’re uncomfortable, either. If you’re feeling good, enjoy this special time. Here’s what may be happening with your body at 20 weeks.

  • Uterus: Your uterus probably has expanded up to your belly button.
  • Weight gain: Most 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.)
  • Sex drive: For almost everybody, sex is safe during pregnancy, but you may find your sex drive fluctuates throughout your pregnancy. Blame it on the hormones. Many find their appetite increases around the 20-week mark. If this is you, embrace it! If not, know you’re not alone. Anxiety or concern about the future, your changing body and birth can definitely affect desire too. Find out more about pregnancy sex.

20 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?

20 weeks pregnant is four months and two weeks pregnant. You’re halfway there! 🙌

Your Life at 20 Weeks Pregnant

You’re halfway through, which is a big deal, especially if it feels like you’ve already been pregnant for a hundred years. Here are some tips to help you successfully slide into the second half of your pregnancy.

  • Top tip: Enjoy this unofficial milestone with a mini celebration. That could mean pizza and chocolate, a bump selfie shared on your social media accounts or even just a moment of quiet reflection to recognize how far you’ve come.
  • Helpful hint: Leg cramps waking you up at night? You can thank baby weight, swelling and changes to your circulation for those pesky middle-of-the-night charley horses. Staying hydrated will help, as can daily calf stretches and compression socks. When leg cramps do strike, try stretching and massaging the cramping muscle. A heating pad or warm towel can also help alleviate the cramping.
  • Registry ready: Your shower may be months away, but working on your baby registry now gives you plenty of time to decide exactly what you want and need. Ask your parent friends what things they couldn’t live without and what things they wished they’d had when their babies were born. You probably know someone dying to share their baby gear spreadsheet with you. When they offer, say yes! Then, respectfully, pick and choose what’s right for you. (Need more ideas? We have sample registries and lots of product guides.)
  • Treat yourself: A foot massage is always a lovely treat. But a foot massage when you’re pregnant is like a taste of pure heaven. Next time you have a free hour and some extra cash, head straight to the salon for a pedi and add on a foot massage. Have a partner? See if they’ll give your feet a rub. You totally deserve it.

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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20 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Create your baby registry now so you can refine it as time goes along.
  • If you have a partner, book a date night.
  • Capture the halfway point with a bump pic.
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