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20 Weeks Pregnant

Postby admin » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:11 am

Your Body at 20 Weeks of Pregnancy

Congratulations, you are half way through your pregnancy at 20 weeks. Your uterus has grown well into your abdomen by this point. By the end of this week the top of your uterus will be about two fingerbreadths below your belly button, or umbilicus. From now on it will grow at a rate of about 1 cm per week.

You may start to notice that the areolas of your breasts are getting larger. The areola may sometimes cover as much as half your breast. This is a harmless side effect of pregnancy and should not last for more than a year after your baby’s birth. Though your baby’s birth is still months away, your breasts would have already started making the fluid that feds your baby for the first few days after birth before the milk starts to flow. Sometimes the nipple my discharge some of this whitish milk (colostrum) – for this reason it’s a good idea to be prepared with tissues or breast pads.

Even the most organized woman may feel scatterbrained during pregnancy. Women for some reason become forgetful, clumsy and unable to concentrate. Try keeping stress in your life to a minimum and take your mental lapses in your stride – and remember they are only temporary.

Your Baby at 20 Weeks of Pregnancy

Your baby has grown significantly since it was that first dividing cell. The baby weighs approximately 255.2 – 283.5 g and measures around 14 – 1 cm. All of the baby’s organs and structures have formed, and now a period of simple growth begins. The baby is now large enough that its movements are stronger and more easily felt. It is a crucial time for sensory development. The brain is developing specialized areas for the senses – smell, taste, hearing, vision and touch.

Your baby’s skin is thickening under the vernix caseosa and is developing layers, including the dermis, epidermis and the subcutaneous layer. Hair and nail growth continues this week.

Respiratory movements occur, but the lungs are not yet developed enough to permit survival outside the mother’s womb.

The fetal heart beat is growing stronger now – twice as fast as yours does. In the latter part of this trimester, its distinctive whoosh – whoosh can be detected with a simple at-home monitoring advice. You can hire one from the chemist.
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