Your Pregnancy at Week 20

Your Pregnancy at Week 20

You're halfway there! Can you believe it?

Week 20

your baby this week:

Put the baby on the scales this week and you will see a weight of around 300g and a measurement of 23cm - getting bigger by the day! You should have your anomaly scan booked for this week, which will take a good look at your baby's internal organs and growth, and you'll finally be able to find out (if you want to), whether you're having a girl or a boy.

If it's a girl, her uterus and ovaries are now fully formed. If it’s a boy, his testes will also be present. Otherwise, lots of activity going on inside that growing tummy of yours. If you lie down and relax, you may even be able to see as your baby swims around.

Your baby is swallowing and excreting every day, which helps with the development of the digestive system. 'Meconium', which is your baby's first poo, is forming in the digestive system too and is made up of dead skin cells, amniotic fluid, and digestive secretions. This will be passed in the first couple of days following your baby's arrival and will be black with a tar-like consistency - yum.

your body:

Now you're halfway, you may be starting to feel a little more breathless as your uterus pushes up towards your lungs and pushes your abdomen forward to make your bump more prominent. Throughout pregnancy, your red blood volume increases significantly, and you are at risk of becoming anaemic, so ensure that your diet includes a good source of iron, as this is needed for haemoglobin, that carries the oxygen around your body. Lima beans, kidney beans, and green leafy vegetables are all high in iron.

Now is a great time to get booked onto your chosen antenatal course if you haven't done so already.

Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife

Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.

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your tips & to do's:

Is getting out of bed a challenge? If it isn't hard yet, it will be! To make it a bit easier, roll over to your side, and then tip your feet down to the floor. Once your feet touch the floor, use your arms to push yourself into a seated position, and stand up! Take a pregnancy side profile picture and write in your pregnancy journal.

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If you don’t want to wait to find learn if your little one is a boy or girl, now's the time to ask your doctor, midwife, or an ultrasound tech to give you the news! Unsure if you want to find out your baby's sex? There is no right or wrong decision. It's completely personal - up to you (and your partner if you have one). Remember that even if you do find out the sex of your baby during the ultrasound, sonographers don't always get it right. This means that even if you are told the sex of your little one, you (and your partner) should be a wee-bit prepared for surprise. Like, maybe have a name for each sex picked out, just in case.

Speaking of names, it's time to narrow down your choices, if you haven’t already. If you need a little boost of unusual-birth-name confidence, glance at any list of student names at any elementary, middle, or high school. Because the truth is this, no name is off limits. Names are not predetermined by ethnicity, gender, or parts of speech. Children are named after family history, television and book characters, cars, numbers, foods, days of the week... Having an offbeat name sort of means you'll fit right in, nowadays. Of course, there are still classics. And popular names are used again and again (hence, popular). Where will your name fit in?

If you and your partner, or you and other family members or friends, find yourselves at odds over certain name choices, or you're still looking for a winning name for your little one altogether, here are two things to try:

1. Create a list of names you will not use, under any circumstances.

This list should make your skin crawl. It can include names of ex-romantic partners, family pets, coworkers and teachers, generally horrible persons, that one kid from third grade... you and your partner can add names to this list whenever the crawly skin feelings take strike. Names added to the list are immediately out of the running. It's important both you and your partner respect each other’s feelings on this and not try to coerce or bully any gross, yucky name off of the This Is Never Gonna Be My Baby's Name list. Feel free to ask each other questions, like why, my love, do you hate that name? You both might be surprised about and happy to learn each other's reasons.

2. Create your own lists

You and your partner should write down your top five names. Trade lists with each other and put a star next to the ones you like, or a frowny face by the ones you hate. For every name crossed off, the owner of that list can add a new name in its place. Continue this process, adding and subtracting names from each other's list, until you find your common ground.

If you are lucky enough to stumble upon a name loved by the only ones who matter (only mom and dad of baby should really have any say), be careful of who you tell! It can go so many ways. Maybe your friend, who is also expecting and has a due date sooner than yours and presently no clue what to name her little one, is suspect. She could love it, too. And can you blame her? Or... she could say, "You like Vienna? Well, let's hope she isn’t chubby. Because Vienna Sausages!"

Once you love a name, you may also start to hear it more often. Everywhere. Don't panic. This is just because you are paying attention now. Just like when you bought a new car and suddenly saw that car everywhere. If you love a name, really love a name, it doesn't matter how many Heathers, Toms, Davids, or Lemons there are out there. Yours will be your one and only.

For more in-depth information about your 20-week scan, read The Honest Midwife's article here.

your symptoms

You're still in the golden period of pregnancy; and even though you aren't exhausted or nauseous anymore, you aren't exactly sailing through the second trimester feeling entirely comfortable either! Here is a list of the symptoms you may experience this week.

  • Innie became an Outie
  • Heartburn and/or indigestion
  • Edema (swelling in ankles or feet)
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • Leg Cramps
  • Frequent nighttime wakings
  • Crazy dreams
  • Weight gain

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