20 weeks pregnant

20 weeks pregnant
Congratulations !!! You’ve completed half of pregnancy, and you will soon enter the third trimester.

Your Developing Baby-
• When you’re 20 weeks pregnant, your baby is about 6.5 inches (17cm) and weighs around 10.58 ounces (300g).
• The rapid growth stage of your baby is about over. While things have slowed down, this next stage is vital to survival.
• The baby’s heart grows stronger. Find a quiet place, lay flat on your back. Locate your own heartbeat by finding your pulse. Next, lay your hand on your belly. You may be able to distinguish the two heartbeats!
• You will start feeling much more than tiny flutter kicks soon.
• Immunities are being transferred from you to your baby now. These immune cells will protect her from viruses you’ve already had for up to six months after birth!
• If your baby is a girl, her uterus is starting to develop when you’re 20 weeks pregnant. She has approximately six million eggs in her ovaries. About one million will remain at birth.
• Your baby’s swallowing more this week, good practice for her digestive system..

Ultrasound – An ultrasound can determine the size and position of the fetus, and any structural abnormalities of bones and organs that are visible by this time. Depending on the position of the fetus, the sex can usually be determined by now. During an ultrasound, the umbilical cord, placenta, and amniotic fluid can also be examined.

Your Changing Body-
20 Weeks Pregnant- Sign and Symptoms
• Vaginal discharge, sweat, mucus, and more bodily fluids. They’re in full force, because of your increased blood flow.
• Now, your breasts have changed considerably and increased in size. Hormones are preparing your breasts for milk production — more blood is flowing to the breasts, and the glands that produce milk are growing in preparation for breastfeeding.
• Heartburn and/or indigestion, as baby starts to crowd your digestive system.
• Shortness of breath. As your uterus expands, it pushes against your lungs.
• High sex drive and libido.

You should include iron in your diet because your baby needs it to make red blood cells.

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