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Week 20

Week 20

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You're halfway through your pregnancy! All of your baby's crucial development is finished, and now he or she will be growing as your due date nears. The baby is up to almost six and a half inches and weighs 9 ounces. You'll definitely be able to feel the baby's movements quite strongly now, and kicks can be felt by placing a hand on your belly. Your baby can hear the sound of your voice, as well as your heartbeat. If you make a sudden noise, the baby will become startled and even cover his or her ears.

Your doctor will likely schedule an ultrasound around this time to verify the fetal age of the baby, and confirm your due date. If you had scheduled an amniocentesis or further genetic testing, it would have been done before this point. You'll also be able to ask any questions you have about pregnancy symptoms. You may notice you get a bladder infection, as your urinary tract muscles relax at this point of your pregnancy.

Other symptoms include constipation and hemorrhoids, as well as excessive perspiration from your thyroid gland working harder. You can treat constipation by adding fiber to your diet, and drink plenty of cold water to cool your body down. Kegel exercises, which strengthen your pelvic floor muscle, can help prepare you for labor and delivery. They will also reduce urinary incontinence, which may happen in later pregnancy.

At week 20 you might notice that your belly button starts to protrude becoming an outie as your uterus presses on it. Many women get a dark line that goes from the navel to your pubic hair, but this is only temporary and will go away soon after delivery.

You're probably taking naps during the day now, as the extra weight puts strain on your entire body. Putting your feet up on a footstool can reduce swelling as well as aches and pains in your legs and feet. Avoid lifting anything heavy at work, or slouching in your chair as this can worsen backaches.

This is a good time to start looking into childbirth classes if you wish to take them. There are many options for labor and delivery, and every parent-to-be has a specific idea of what they want their experience to be like. Start exploring your options, and register for a class that will help you prepare for the birth of your baby.

 


 
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