Welcome to the 20th week of your pregnancy journey! You are now officially halfway through your pregnancy. The worst has passed and starting now till the end of your pregnancy, it should be all smooth, so enjoy the rest of it!
Your baby is still working hard on his sucking reflexes and is now able to suck his thumb if by chance it drifted close to his mouth. And if you are looking to find out the gender of your baby, at this week’s ultrasound, your doctor will be able to tell you for sure if it is a boy or a girl.
If you haven’t felt your baby’s kicks yet, this week is the big week! You will start feeling your baby’s kicks very soon, at this stage, those kicks might feel random, you might even think it is only gas but it is your baby moving around.
Starting this week till the very end of your pregnancy, you will get better and better at identifying what your baby is trying to do in there, he might be kicking, punching, or even trying to roll around, you will soon be able to tell what exactly he is doing.
Changes Happening in Your Body by Your 20th Week
At this week’s doctor’s visit, you can have your anomaly scan! This allows you to see and even greet your baby as the sonographer checks on your baby’s development as well as the placenta which is a pancake-shaped organ that works on delivering all the food and nutrients to your baby on one hand and removes wastes on the other hand.
By this trimester, you can easily find yourself waking up in the middle of the night with a sharp pain in your calves, that would be pregnancy cramps and they are quite common during the second trimester, the pain can keep going for about 10 minutes.
You can fix this issue immediately by rubbing the muscles hard or by pulling your toes up towards the ankle. You can avoid those cramps by doing some stretches and foot exercises in the house and right before bed to help you sleep better with relaxed muscles.
On the plus side, you can now enjoy your pregnancy glow as your nails grow longer and stronger, your hair feels fuller and thicker, and your skin is now flawless and shiny. And for that sudden amazing change, you can thank your hormones as they trigger a big boost in the circulation which delivers even more nutrients to your body cells, hair, and nails.
Now that the era of food aversion and nausea is behind you, you can now go back to eating all of your favorite meals, but while pampering yourself with all you can eat buffet, make sure to eat the correct amounts during the day to prevent gas. Also, ensure to include fiber, iron, and calcium in your diet to avoid constipation and bloating.
Symptoms of the 20th Week of Pregnancy
Hopefully, by now you are glowing and forgetting all about the first trimester with all its nausea and bad mood swings, now is the best time to pamper yourself and to enjoy the pregnancy glow with all its benefits to your skin and hair.
However, not all the ladies are the same when it comes to the symptoms, some might still be experiencing some discomforting symptoms such as:
- Sore breasts
- Leg cramps
- Stretch marks
- Thicker hair
- Swollen gums
- Urine infection
- Bloating or constipation
- Spotty skin
- Feeling too warm
- Greasier skin
- Shinier hair
All of those symptoms are completely normal to have, however, if it feels like it is too much at this stage, make sure to contact your doctor or midwife about it as they can advise with some easy home remedies or even some designated medication to help you through these times.
Your Baby’s 20th Week Development
Your baby is busy growing up as usual, by this week, he is about six and a half inches in length from head to toe and weighs around 10 ounces which is about the length of a banana and the weight of two big juicy apples.
Your baby is still covered in that greasy coating, the vernix layer which is essential to your baby at this stage as it protects him from the amniotic fluid, as well as keeping him warm and helping him have a smoother exit through the birth canal.
That greasy cheese-like coating will start to shed and fade away up till the delivery, however, some babies might still have it on their skin if they were born earlier than usual.
Your baby is not only busy growing up, but he is also busy running his karate dojo in your belly! He is now kicking, punching, rolling around, and even sucking his thumb which helps develop his sucking reflexes to prepare him for his life after birth!
You might have already started feeling those movements inside you, but it could still feel random and you might not know what your baby is trying to do, however, in no time you will be able to tell a punch from a kick. Good luck!
This Week’s Tips
Use Oil-Free Skin Care Products
While shopping for skin products, try looking for unscented or non-comedogenic products as they make it less likely for your pores to be clogged especially if you already have oily skin.
One of the annoying side effects of your pregnancy is the leg cramps, for that, try stretching a little every day, if you go to work every day, try taking a 10 minutes break every couple of hours to have a small walk down the corridor or even try to stretch and touch your toes -while you still can- or even do a split!
However, if any movement hurts, stop if it does not hurt, feel free to keep doing it at a moderate rate just to relieve the stress and relax the muscles.
Pamper yourself with all of your food cravings this trimester. Just make sure it is a healthy combo including fiber, iron, and calcium. While eating all your favorite meals, try eating small meals throughout the day to prevent painful gas.