Week 20


Your Baby is about 6.5 inches and weighs almost a pound! 

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    Your Changing Body

  • Your uterus will be about 8cm above your bellybutton, and you may feel like you got "huge" overnight!
  • As your uterus grows to unimaginable size, most of the pains you are feeling can be related to the growth; including:
  • Back Pain
  • Leg cramps
  • Swelling
  • Varicose veins
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Itchy skin (due to stretching)
  • Hot Flashes:  Now you may be  freezing everyone out of the house by keeping the heat low or the air conditioning high!  This is related to the 20% increase in your metabolic rate, you are constantly feeling hot!
  •  Your uterus is putting pressure on your bladder once again, and you mat be waking up several times a night to go pee!  (I think this is nature's way of preparing you for those sleepless nights!
  • You may be having lower back pain and leg pain, you may be putting pressure on your sciatic nerve. Rest and a heating pad applied locally may help with this. If not, see a physical therapist. He should be able to help you with some exercises and ways of moving that will help cure this pain.                 

Between 18 to 20 weeks your doctor/midwife will schedule you for a "routine ultrasound".  This scan is done mainly to look for congenital malformations, adequate fetal growth, and placental position.  Gender can often be determined during this scan for those who are eager to know if they should start buying pink or blue! However, sometimes babies don't like to "play nice" and may not be in the right position to see the genitals.  For those of you who are eager to learn the sex of your baby this can be very disappointing!  You may be able to talk your practitioner into a "quick scan" on another day, some offices even offer scans just for the purpose of determining the sex of your baby; they generally charge $50-75.00 for this. 

This is a great website to learn all there is to know about ultrasounds: http://www.ob-ultrasound.net/

                                                             
                

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your Growing Baby

    You are half way through your pregnancy! 

    • The rapid growth stage is about over.  Things have slowed down, and the next stage is vital to survival.
    • Your baby's heart is growing stronger.
    • Your baby's legs are reaching their relative size:  you will start feeling much more than tiny flutters; you will soon start to feel kicks!
    • Immunities are being transferred from you to your baby now. These immune cells will protect your baby from viruses you've already had for up to six months after birth!
    • The nerve cells for taste, smell, hearing, seeing, and touch are now developing in specialized areas of the brain.
    • Your baby may startle in reaction to loud sounds. Your baby can hear noises outside of the womb! Familiar voices, music, and sounds that baby becomes accustomed to during development stages often are calming after birth.

     

    • If your baby is a girl, her uterus is starting to develop. She has approximately six million eggs in her ovaries. About one million will remain at birth.

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    Between 18 and 20 your baby is just the right size to capture some great ultrasound pictures!