From Bodycarre we are going to see two pregnancies of two friends, from two different perspectives and countries, one from Latin America and the other from Spain. I hope you like it and see if you are able to find those little differences.
The baby at 20 weeks of gestation is about 17 cm and weighs about 320 grams. Now the mother’s womb has reached the navel due to the fetal development of her baby. You should know that now the hydration has to be more intense than ever! Drinking water has never been so important, and to maintain a very healthy pregnancy, about 1.5 liters of liquid (water, coconut water and natural juices ) a day is recommended. Vernix increases at 20 weeks of pregnancy to protect the baby.
Your skin begins to gain a new color and becomes a little redder. The small hairs that started growing last week are now evident and can grow long until the day of birth. The arms, legs, hands and fingers are fully formed and now is the phase to gain weight and grow each day. You can see your chubbiest baby on the 20 week ultrasound.
Internal organs are developing rapidly in this period, but your lungs are not working yet. At 20 weeks gestation, the baby begins to swallow more liquid than before, this is an intensive training for his digestion system. The baby has a very active life in the womb and when it is not sleeping, it moves and turns everywhere. In an ultrasound exam you can observe a session of games and jumps in the uterus, waving his little hands, touching his face and even playing with the umbilical cord.
The internal sensations of the mother in the 20th week of pregnancy
At 20 weeks’ gestation, the mother probably gained about 4 to 6 kg. Eat every 3 hours and preferably with foods rich in calcium and various vitamins such as white cheese, yogurt, cereal bars, fruit and juices. Half of the pregnancy is almost over! There is little left to know the greatest love you will have in the world!
The main milestone of pregnancy at week 20 is stomach growth , which was previously slow and now begins to look bigger and rounder every day. With this growth it is natural that you begin to suffer some discomfort due to the weight of the belly, as well as the increase in the frequency of going to the bathroom, because it tends to increase the weight on the bladder, pressing it.
In the 20th week of pregnancy, another symptom that is common is heartburn, avoid foods that are too fatty or acidic, which further increase the symptom. One tip is to eat cold things, such as ice cream, which give a feeling of relief from symptoms. Your belly button at this stage begins to be more relevant and this is due to the growth of the belly and tightening of the skin. By the end of the pregnancy, the navel may be completely out , but it will normalize after the baby is born and everything will return to normal, don’t worry.
Sensations and external factors in the 20th week of pregnancy
If people could not realize that you are pregnant, you can be sure that now this situation will change, because your belly is more evident. Enjoy, because the weight is not so uncomfortable yet and you can walk or do gentle and light exercises, which in addition to controlling a very rapid weight gain at this stage, will reduce aches and pains. Enjoy every second of pregnancy, take lots of photos, it is a unique and inexplicable moment for women!
Congratulations! During the 20th week of pregnancy, you are at the midpoint. If you have recently discovered the sex of the baby, your thoughts are full of expectations, are we right? Now those baby names you have on a list have a high chance of ending up as the real baby name and when you find yourself in a baby store, those little blue or pink outfits aren’t just adorable, they’re a must-have . And since you can now add clothes and other baby-related things to your wish list, 20 weeks pregnant is the time your baby’s registration is likely to end, too. Happy shopping!
How big is the baby at 20 weeks?
At 20 weeks pregnant, the baby is the size of a banana. He or she weighs about 10.2 ounces and measures about 6.5 inches from crown to hip. Starting next week, your baby will be measured from head to toe. Baby still has a lot to do but is off to a great start!
20 weeks pregnant, do you mean how many months?
20 weeks pregnant is four months and about two weeks. During week 20, you have reached the midpoint of your pregnancy.
Symptoms of pregnancy at week 20
By the time you are 20 weeks pregnant you are probably feeling pretty good. After all, you are more energetic, your sex drive is high (as long as your partner is ready for it too, things are probably happening between the sheets). Of course, it wouldn’t be pregnancy if you don’t experience some bothersome symptoms. At this point, bloating, heartburn, leg cramps, and more are likely to give you no-fun moments:
- The flow vaginal. You can expect vaginal discharge to continue to increase until the end of pregnancy. This just means that your body tries to keep the area free of bacteria. But let your doctor know if the discharge is yellow, green, or smelly.
- Cramps again in the legs. Stretch regularly and drink plenty of water to avoid cramping your legs.
- Heartburn and / or indigestion. As the baby begins to crowd your digestive system, it may not function exactly the same as it did before the pregnancy. Watch what you are eating: acidic and spicy foods can cause stomach problems.
- You regain energy. Enjoy this energy (and libido) surge while it lasts, because you may find yourself more fatigued in the third trimester.
- Swelling. Don’t worry unless the swelling is sudden or severe. Mild swelling is normal and should decrease after delivery. Meanwhile, elevate your feet whenever you can.
- Difficulty to breathe. As your uterus expands, it pushes against your lungs, causing you to feel short of breath. This symptom may be more noticeable if you are 20 weeks pregnant with twins. Don’t push yourself too hard, stay seated and try to rest, if you have any difficulty breathing.
Development of pregnancy at week 20
Starting around 20 weeks into your pregnancy, your doctor will measure your fundus height at each prenatal visit. The fundamental height is the distance from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus. In centimeters, the height of the bottom must match your week of pregnancy, give or take two centimeters. For example, your belly at 20 weeks pregnant should be around 7 to 9 inches. You should keep increasing by about a centimeter each week. A lower or higher bottom height could be the sign of a pregnancy condition such as gestational diabetes, a growth problem, or a breech baby; so other tests will likely be necessary.
At 20 weeks pregnant, weight gain is happening slowly and surely. You may have gained about 10 pounds by now. Don’t forget: you’re aiming to gain about 1 to 2 pounds per week.
The recommended weight gain during pregnancy for average BMI moms is about 25 to 35 pounds. If you started your pregnancy with a high BMI, your OB will probably advise you to gain a total of 15 to 25 pounds. If you were at a low BMI, 28 to 40 pounds is probably your OB doctor’s recommendation.
If you are 20 weeks pregnant with twins or other multiples, don’t expect your doctor to measure your fundus height. That’s because it’s harder to tell what the average is for the mother’s multiples. Instead, your OB will likely put more emphasis on your weight gain. Now that you are 20 weeks pregnant with twins, you should aim to put on a little more weight each week. In the first half of a twin pregnancy, the recommendation is about 1 pound per week, and in the second half, it’s about one to two pounds. That’s because healthy weight gain is gradual. Most obstetricians advise that twin pregnant moms their average BMI gain should be between 35 to 45 pounds total during pregnancy.
Ultrasound in the 20th week of pregnancy
As for the 20-week fetus, it already has taste buds that have started to work. He or she is already ingesting several ounces of amniotic fluid each day, that is a greater amount than before.
If you have not already had your pregnancy ultrasound, you will do it very soon, since this prenatal test occurs between weeks 18 and 22. It is a detailed 20-week ultrasound, where you will observe parts of your baby that will really amaze you . You may be able to see the chambers of his heart, kidneys, and cerebral hemispheres. The technician and obstetrician will look to see that everything seems to be developing properly and that your baby’s growth is on track.
If you are 20 weeks pregnant with twins, the ultrasound technician will check to see if the babies’ heads are approximately the same size. If they are not, further steps will be taken to make sure neither of the twins has growth problems.
The technician will also be able to more accurately tell you the sex of the baby, so if you want to know the sex of your baby, let the doctor know. Ask him for some impressions of your ultrasound photos. These are wonderful keepsakes of your rapidly developing baby. How cute is that little nose!
Considerations regarding pregnancy at week 20
- Schedule your 24-week prenatal visit.
- Find out the gender of your baby.
- It is the key moment to make some decisions regarding purchases to receive the baby.
Kathie Sand always saw the world of beauty as the terrain on which to build her professional career, a goal that was clear to her when she was only 15 years old. Her great concern to expand knowledge led her to settle in Paris where she studied hand in hand with the best beauty professionals and with the most advanced techniques for skin care.