20 WEEKS PREGNANT
Congratulations! You are now at the halfway mark, time flies when you’re having fun (making a baby), doesn’t it? Maybe that’s not the case for you but either way, the halfway mark is a milestone achieved! So do not hesitate to celebrate this achievement with your husband!
This week you will going for your prenatal visit, and it is also probably the visit you find out the gender of your baby (if he or she is not hiding the sacred parts).
You can then start to think of baby names and shop around for blue or pink baby clothing.
20 weeks pregnant is how many months? 20 weeks pregnant is five months pregnant.
Welcome to month 5!
20 WEEKS BABY SIZE
How big is baby at 20 weeks? Your baby is the size of a banana, which is about 16.5cm.
The current weight of your baby is about 300grams (0.30kg).
20 WEEKS PREGNANT WEIGHT GAIN
This is the weight gain that you must achieve this week.
|Underweight||(BMI <18.5)||0.44kg to 0.58kg|
|Normal weight||(BMI 18.5 to 24.9)||0.39kg to 0.50kg|
|Overweight||(BMI 25 to 29.9)||0.23kg to 0.33kg|
|Obese||(BMI ≥ 30)||0.16kg to 0.25kg|
During the second trimester, you will need to eat an extra 340 calories a day.
20 WEEKS PREGNANT SYMPTOMS
While you’re cruising along into your second trimester, you will still be experiencing some pregnancy symptoms that you may not be a fan of.
Being 20 weeks pregnant, here are some signs and symptom that your body might be experiencing:
- Shortness of breath. As your baby is growing and your uterus expands, it presses against the lungs which will cause a shortness of breath. Take things at a comfortable pace and rest whenever you have the opportunity.
- Runny nose. The increase in pregnancy hormones will swell your mucous membranes that line the nose, causing your nose to secrete more mucus.
- Snoring. If snoring is something that you’re unfamiliar with, it’s time to get acquainted with it. You might start snoring for the first time in your life thanks to your changing hormones and the production of estrogen by your body.
- Indigestion and heartburn. Because the baby is getting bigger and is starting to push against your digestive system, you may face indigestion and heartburn. Ensure that you take foods that are gentle on the stomach. Avoid spicy and acidic foods.
- Leg Cramps. This is caused by the additional weight of the baby and the changes in blood circulation of your body. The growing uterus may also be pressing against your nerves causing you to experience leg cramps.
- Mental issues. If you find yourself feeling sad and down all the time and the feeling doesn’t go away, do tell your doctor about it.
Fundal height is the distance from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus. From week 20, your fundal height will more often than not match the number of weeks you are pregnant. For example, if you are 25 weeks pregnant, your fundal height will be 25cm.
20 WEEKS THE PREGNANT BELLY
The top of your uterus is about the same level as your belly button at this stage of your pregnancy.
Your belly is by now somewhat obvious, and you are putting on weight each week (remember that the amount of weight gain depends on your BMI in the segment above).
At the prenatal appointment this week, your doctor will also start measuring the fundal height. Fundal height is the distance from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus. From week 20, your fundal height will more often than not match the number of weeks you are pregnant. For example, if you are 25 weeks pregnant, your fundal height will be 25cm.
If your fundal height measure lower or higher, it could indicate conditions such as gestational diabetes, slow fetal growth, too much or too little amniotic fluid or a breech baby.
HOW IS MY BABY 20 WEEKS PREGNANT?
Your baby is busy practising the swallowing of amniotic fluid, which is good for the digestive system. Your baby is now also producing meconium (a black sticky by-product), thanks to his or her functioning digestive system.
This sticky substance will accumulate in your baby’s bowels, and you will either see it in his or her first soiled diaper, or may be passed in the womb during delivery.
The internal organs such as the lungs and digestive system are developing and the bones are also getting stronger each day.
At your prenatal visit, you will get to see your baby’s body in detail via the ultrasound.
As you may be finding out your baby’s gender this week, you may start shortlisting baby names and also start shopping for blue or pink baby clothes.
WHAT TO DO AT 20 WEEKS PREGNANT
Reminders for the week:
- Schedule your week 24 prenatal appointment
- Attend a childbirth class
- Boy or girl?