You are now 20 weeks pregnant – officially halfway through your pregnancy! So, you feel full pregnant and look like a real mom-to-be this week. While your uterus may be the same height as your belly button, it is easy to notice that you find it a bit harder to bend in the middle! Up to this point, pregnancy seems to be a one-sided affair to your spouse. He could feel a little relieved that early pregnancy signs have eased off and also feel very excited about his baby movement soon.
This week is also a time when you find yourself walking a little differently so as to accommodate such extra lump in your belly. The reason is that your centre of gravity is now changing. Hence, make sure to watch your posture and remember your mom’s saying “Put your shoulders back.” Have a desk job? Then, consider the comfort of your chair. It is better to adjust the back as well as seat height so you can avoid unnecessary strain. Don’t forget to organize your work area so that it is greatly working for you.
20 Weeks Pregnant – Changes in your body
You can recognize that you are sweating quite a lot during this stage. In fact, this is your body’s way of cooling off. Don’t get overheated while staying hydrated in all cases. It is amazing to know that the sweating will go away after you baby is born. Furthermore, your energy levels may be back to normal, especially after a deep sleep at night. To be sure, adding plenty of protein-rich foods to your diet will help to boost your energy levels. It is easy to see that you feel tired, have swollen feet and a backache at the end of the day. Spend time putting your feet up and resting so that these symptoms are well alleviated.
Another important thing is to get plenty of nutrients, especially iron, in your diet. During pregnancy, your blood volume tends to increase by up to 50% more than usual. For that reason, iron is really necessary to make hemoglobin. And it is quite normal for iron levels to even drop and accommodate the extra blood volume. Which food should you eat for much more iron level? These include dark leafy greens, red meat, oatmeal and dried fruits. Besides, consuming iron-rich foods with the ones high in Vitamin C may also help to boost iron absorption.
At 20 weeks pregnant development, mamas tend to have urinary tract infections (UTI), due to the smooth muscles in their urinary tract relax. Contact a doctor if you suffer from serious symptoms, like pain or burning when urinating. In general, frequent urination is common not only during pregnancy, but also as a symptom of a bladder infection. Thus, make sure to see your healthcare provider if you have any pain or burning while urinating. Of course, untreated UTIs is able to lead to more serious problems, such as kidney infections.
It may be quite a transition in your life since you can start getting stares and comments from total strangers. Ignore them and feel good about yourself only. You are a mom who is doing a valuable job of growing that baby. From this point forward, women can also gain around a pound per week.
20 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms of pregnancy
Certainly, you are now in the middle of the second trimester. Most of the expectant mothers feel pretty good at that time. Your appetite seems to back to normal, or it has even increased. Besides, nausea and fatigue might be also disappeared during this trimester. What symptoms can you experience or continue experiencing at 20 weeks pregnant? These include:
- Stretch marks
- Body aches
- Food cravings
- Skin pigmentation
- Braxton-hicks contractions
20 Weeks Pregnant – Your baby development
My baby at 20 weeks pregnant is 16.5 centimeters in length, weighs about 289 grams, and equal to the size of a banana. Although he/she grows fast, there still has plenty of room in your uterus for him/her to move about. At that time, mamas are really able to feel their movements, rather than flutters.
Interestingly, loud noises may cause your angel to startle. He/she is also able to recognize your voice over others’ voices. Have not talked to him/her already? Then, this week is considered an ideal time. At the end of the day or before going to bed, listening to classical music can be really soothing to both of you, especially if you enjoy a warm bath at the same time. Keep in mind that you should not use water that is too hot.
This week, your little one is also beginning to produce meconium – his/her first bowel movement after birth. Moreover, his/her growth spurt also means his/her arms and legs have greatly lengthened in the last few weeks. Now, he/she is looking more and more like a baby every day! His/her internal organs, i.e. digestive system, immune system, and lungs are all growing and developing while his/her bones are getting stronger.
What should you do?
At 20 weeks pregnant, expectant women should have their anatomical scan very soon, if they have not already. That ultrasound examination is usually done on the abdomen with the aim of giving you a close glance at your baby, from head to toe. In addition, the technician will also go through all of his/her major organs and systems so as to determine whether or not these are properly functioning.
Of course, this exam also provides you with some necessary information about the location of your placenta, your amniotic fluid levels, and even the gender of your kid. A lot of women want their partners or a support person to go in this appointment with them.
Hemorrhoids may be eased off by having a high fiber diet with a lot of fluids to drink. Fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, and beans are useful during pregnancy. Avoid straining when you sit on the toilet for lengthy periods or have a bowel motion. Feel the need to move your bowels? Never put it off. Sometimes, ignoring your body’s signals may cause serious problems!
Finally, don’t forget to book in for your ante-natal classes in case you have not already done this. Had a baby before? Then, think about a refresher course if you think it is beneficial. Otherwise, go to the library, take time to visit reputable online sites, and broaden your knowledge on pregnancy and birth.