Since this is the fourth months and about 2 weeks, so congrats that you are now 20 weeks pregnant probably feels pretty great.
In this week 20 of pregnancy, you are theoretically at the halfway point or pregnancy before giving birth.
So, if you have recently found out your baby’s gender, then may in a totally new mind-set of parenthood.
It is now that you are deciding on your baby names which would end up as baby’s actual name.
Also you may suddenly realise that yourself in a baby store, by choosing the little blue or pink outfits that are just adorable and must own one for your baby.
Thus, now is the time that you are advice to limit your baby registry to non-negotiable items for the first six months, while saving money.
20 WEEKS PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS.
1. Vaginal Discharge.Expecting the discharge, usually quite thick and is white to yellow in colour is going to increase until delivery, it is just showing that your body is keeping the area clear of bacteria.
However, you should consult your doctor know if the discharge is yellow, green, or foul smelling.
2. Leg Cramps.Expert says the cramp is triggered by compressed blood vessels in the legs, which caused from consequence of extra weight and swelling.
So you should do light stretches regularly also by drinking more water to prevent cramping of your legs during this time.
3. Swelling.Edema, or swelling in feet & ankles is water retention in your ankles and feet, which is causing you pain.
So by helping the blood circulate throughout your body more easily can reduce cramping.
Thus you should ensure to wear comfy and avoid tight shoes, include avoid wearing tight socks or pantyhose that can cut off blood flow, so you need to ensure fluids flowing easily in order to reduce swelling in your lower body.
Also by placing your feet up when you can and drink plenty of water also reduce this problems.
You should not worry if it is just mild swelling and will go after delivery, unless the swelling is sudden or severe.
4. Heartburn, or Indigestion.Since your baby is beginning to crowd your digestive system, this may cause it to not work exactly as it is before pregnancy.
This is why you should aware to avoid eating acidic and spicy foods which can trigger tummy troubles.
However, the simple heartburn remedies is to chew sugarless gum after meals, to increase saliva that produces neutralizes gastric acids and helps fluids back into the stomach.
5. High Energy.This is the time that your libido energy is increasing, thus enjoy with your partner, before you gets more fatigued in the third trimester.
6. Shortness of breath.With your expanding uterus, it actually pushes against your lungs making you feeling shortage of breath.
Especially if you are in 20 weeks pregnant with twins, ensure to not push yourself too hard by sitting down and rest more if you experience lack of air.
7. Irregular Headaches.If you felt headaches occurs when you get overheated especially in condition of windowless, stuffy areas or under fluorescent lighting.
This is why you should go take fresh-air breaks outside few times a day and avoid too hot from the bright sun by using umbrella to prevent triggering of headache.
8. Faintness or Dizziness.Not just headaches, the feeling of light-headedness can make you feel faintness and dizziness due to stuffy and hot rooms.
The cause of heat to your already generating heat pregnant body makes you even hotter.
Thus, remember to take frequent cool breaks for fresh air outside and wearing loose-fitting clothes.
9. Innie belly button.Your little innie belly button may now transform into an outie, because your uterus pushes your abdomen forward, but don’t worry since it will return to the way it was after delivery.
WEEK 20 PREGNANCY BELLY.From week 20 pregnant, your doctor will begin to measure the fundal height at each prenatal visit, the distance from pubic bone to top of uterus.
The measurements should gradually increase at about one centimetre each week.
At higher or lower fundal height than guideline can be sign of condition such as gestational diabetes, growth concern, or a breech baby, that may require further testing.
WEEK 20 PREGNANCY ULTRASOUND.In this week, you baby is now the size of a banana, weighing at about 10.2 ounces and measures about 6.5 inches from top of the head to the bottom of the bum.
Yet, in the beginning of next week, measurements of baby will be from head to toe.
This week is the time your fetus has working taste buds, and is gulping down several ounces of amniotic fluid per day, which is going to be more than before.
For those who haven’t had your mid-pregnancy ultrasound, then very soon you are getting prenatal test between weeks 18 and 22.
The test can see detailed parts of baby, including the chambers of the heart, the kidneys, and the brain hemispheres to be determine by obstetrician whether everything is developing properly.
The test also able to tell about your baby’s gender, so ensure to tell them if you want to know whether is a boy or a girl.
A printout of the ultrasound photos are wonderful memory to keep track on your developing baby.
PREGNANCY TIP AT 20 WEEKS PREGNANT.Especially in this 2nd trimester, research shown that 42% increase in pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and distraction leading to car accidents, so let your partner fetch you or consider a carpool.
Nutrients wise, you should getting sufficient iron mineral that are key element to keep up with your expanding blood volume, as well as for your growing baby and the placenta.
Your pregnant body requires sufficient amount of iron to ensure your expanding blood volume satisfied and also your growing placenta and baby.
Rich iron is from cooked red meat, poultry of dark meat, legumes, soy-based products, spinach, prune juice, raisins, and iron-fortified cereals.
There are also various nutrient required during this important pregnancy phases, so check the pregnancy diets as shown in the playlist at the end.
You should also sign up for a childbirth class, especially if this is your first pregnancy.
With this structured class, it will assist you and your partner to prepare for the rigidities of labor and delivery.