Hi, soon-to-be mommies! Congratulations on entering week 20 of your pregnancy. If you haven’t already, now is the time to start cherishing this amazing experience.
At this stage, you will start to feel a lot more movement from your baby and that’s an exciting thing! Your little one is beginning to practice breathing movements and really kicks around. You will start to feel those movements more frequently and with greater intensity.
We will discuss the importance of childbirth education and preparing for the big day during your next appointment. We will also talk about how your baby is developing and what you can expect to experience.
Your Baby at Pregnancy Week 20
By now, your baby is about 10 inches long and weighs around 300 grams! They’re like the size of a banana and as heavy as three full apples. This week, your baby’s movements will become even stronger and more coordinated.
Your baby’s toenails are growing and the lungs continue to develop. They may be able to recognize sound now, so don’t forget to talk and sing to them each day!
By this week, your baby should be covered with a protective layer of vernix. This is the white, cheese-like substance that helps keep their skin moisturized in the amniotic fluid.
This is the halfway point of most pregnancies. This week is also when your baby will become more active. For sure, they will be kicking, but you may also feel them stretching and rolling as well.
For You at Week 20 of Pregnancy
You’re in your second trimester now and have probably noticed changes in your body. Those changes will likely include the following:
As your belly grows, you may start to notice stretch marks.
You may still be feeling exhausted at week 20. Don’t forget to take time for yourself and rest as much as possible.
By now, you should have put on about 8-10 pounds since the start of your pregnancy. Make sure to stay hydrated and eat healthy!
You may also be feeling more emotional and sensitive than usual. This is normal! Give yourself permission to feel all your emotions without judgment.
Some women find it harder to sleep as their pregnancy progresses. Your body is changing and that can make sleeping difficult. But there are ways to help you get a better night’s rest, like:
- Using a pregnancy pillow
- Sleeping on your side
Pain on the Side of the Tummy
This is called round ligament pain and it’s common during pregnancy. It usually happens when you move suddenly or change positions too quickly.
Leg cramps are common during pregnancy and can happen at any time. Try to exercise during the day. Also, add enough calcium and magnesium to your diet.
Swollen and Bleeding Gums
Your gums may be more sensitive during pregnancy. This means you need to take good care of your teeth. Also, visit your dentist for regular check-ups.
Tips and Tricks for Mommies 20 Weeks Pregnant
You need to take care of yourself even more now that you’re 20 weeks pregnant. Doing so will help you make your pregnancy comfortable and healthy.
Exercise can help relieve some of the aches you experience due to pregnancy. Try taking a walk each day or doing prenatal yoga.
Eat Nutritious Meals
A balanced diet is vital for you and your baby. Add good amounts of protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to your meals.
Drinking plenty of water can lower your risk of headaches. Proper hydration can help curb other pregnancy discomforts too. Aim for 8 glasses of water each day.
Set Aside Time for Yourself
Pregnancy can be a tiring and emotional time. This is exactly why you need some time for yourself each day. Read, relax in a warm bath, or do whatever helps you feel recharged.
Take Care of Your Skin
Your skin is going through a lot of changes during pregnancy. Use a gentle moisturizer and sunscreen when you go out in the sun. Also, consider wearing loose clothing made from natural fabrics.
Attend Pregnancy and Birthing Classes
If you haven’t already, consider attending a pregnancy or birthing class. These classes will help you understand what to expect during labor and delivery. They can also help you feel more prepared for your big day.
During these classes, your instructor will teach about the following:
- Proper breathing techniques for labor
- Positions for pushing and delivery
- How to handle pain during contractions
- Ways to cope with labor and delivery
- Comfort measures for labor, such as massage and relaxation techniques
Aside from birthing, you will also learn about how to take care of your baby when they’re born. These classes will teach you about the following:
- Feeding and burping your baby
- Bathing and changing diapers
- Comforting a fussy baby
- Bonding with your baby
- Choosing a pediatrician and other resources for parents
Taking a pregnancy birthing class is a great way to learn more about the things you can expect during pregnancy and delivery.
Attend Your Doctor’s Appointments
At 20 weeks, you should have a detailed ultrasound which will allow your doctor to get an in-depth look at the baby’s anatomy. You can also learn about your baby’s sex if you wish to find out.
Aside from the ultrasound, your doctor may also recommend other tests such as a glucose tolerance test or a bio-physical profile.
Going to your doctor’s appointments is one of the best ways to stay healthy during pregnancy.
Secure Your Maternity Certificate
If you plan to take maternity leave, make sure to secure your maternity certificate from the state. This will ensure that you can get paid for your time off when the baby arrives.
To Wrap Up
By week 20 of pregnancy, you can expect to start feeling some common discomforts such as backaches, heartburn, and fatigue. The great news is you can make your pregnancy comfortable and healthy. Eat nutritious meals, stay hydrated, exercise regularly, and attend your doctor’s appointments.
Also, don’t forget to set aside some time for yourself. Secure your maternity certificate as well if you plan to take leave when the baby arrives. With effort and dedication, you’ll be ready for the day you welcome your baby into the world!