Congratulations, you’re halfway through your pregnancy! About 20 weeks to go until your little miracle arrives. The gender is now always clearly visible with the help of an echo. If you have not done a pre-ultrasound yet, you will probably hear the gender during the 20-week ultrasound, if you want of course.
Your baby in week 20 of your pregnancy
After 16 weeks of pregnancy the sex is often already visible on an ultrasound , you can almost always see this in week 20 of the pregnancy. Unless he or she is shy and hides from the ultrasound. If you have a girl, she already has 2 million ova in her ovaries . She carries this with her for much of her life. So a part of your future grandchild is already in your stomach! With a boy, the testicles now start their descent. In both cases, the genitals develop further in the coming months.
Your baby swallows more amniotic fluid during this period . That is also a good exercise for his digestion. Because of this, he starts producing meconium . This is the first relief for your baby. With the first diaper of your little one you will still be surprised: meconium is usually black and sticky, not what you expected from a poop diaper!
By the way, when you see the height of your baby this week you may think: huh ?! How is this possible?! It looks like it has doubled! The difference is in the method of measurement. Until this week the length of your baby was measured from the tailbone to the crown, but from week 20 of your pregnancy the legs can also be measured. This explains the ‘rapid growth’.
You in week 20 of your pregnancy
Can you no longer imagine what it was like to not be pregnant? Not so strange when you consider that you have been pregnant for 20 weeks! Since you are halfway, the countdown can now begin. About 20 weeks left until the arrival of your miracle! Then your family will expand (again).
You have now gained around 5 kilos and about half a kilo is added every week. This is not bad at all, in fact: it is good for you and your baby. That does not mean that it is important to take care of yourself. Eat healthy , take enough rest and keep moving . Walking, swimming and cycling are fun to do and very good for you. You can also soon start a pregnancy course , for example pregnancy gym , pregnancy yoga or . Here you are on the move and you immediately meet other pregnant women.
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Tip for 20 weeks pregnant
During the 20-week ultrasound , any abnormalities in your baby can be detected. If you want to know the gender and this is clearly visible, you will also hear this. Every pregnant woman is offered the 20-week ultrasound, but he is not required. Most future parents choose to do the 20-week ultrasound, but there are also arguments why you should not do this.
Tips for You This Week
Will you learn baby’s sex?
If you don’t want to wait ’til birth day to find out if you are having a boy or a girl, now’s the time your doctor or ultrasound tech can share the news.
Unsure if you want to find out? Remember that there is no right or wrong decision. It’s completely personal — up to you and your partner.
And also remember that even if you do find out the sex of the baby during your ultrasound, sonographers have been known to be wrong — so you’ll still need to be at least a little bit prepared for a surprise.Expect movement from baby
First-time parent? You’ve probably started to feel your baby’s very first movements between 18 weeks and now. Be warned: You may think the subtle motions are butterflies, gas or a grumbling tummy.Don’t overstretch but do stretch
One of the many side effects when you are pregnant is the stretching of muscles and loosening of ligaments, which also means that they are more prone to injury, so stay conscious of that when you’re exercising, and don’t overstretch. If a movement hurts, stop. And even if it doesn’t hurt, now’s not the time to see if you can still do a split.
If you spend long hours sitting on the job, or even if you’re on your feet all day, it’s easy to become a working stiff — literally. So take a five- or 10-minute break at least once an hour — a short stroll down the corridor (you know you need to pee anyway), or do a series of standing stretches; touch your toes while you can still see them!
Do the same during couch-potato sessions at home, too. When you’re stuck in your chair, try this exercise to get your blood moving: Extend your leg, flex your feet and wiggle your toes while taking a few deep breaths. And don’t forget to flex your neck from side to side occasionally, too.Choose healthy foods
Of course, you should embrace your budding belly — if you could get your arms around it) — and view those pounds you’re packing on as a wonderful sign of the miracle that’s growing within. Still, that doesn’t mean you should eat as much as you want of anything you want. Yes, Cherry Garcia ice cream counts as calcium, but there are better sources of it. At this point in your pregnancy, you should be gaining an average of a pound a week, though your goal may be more or less depending on what your practitioner says. Gaining that weight efficiently on the healthiest foods possible — in other words, more cherries, less Garcia — will help you best nourish your baby-to-be, while making it easier for you to eventually reclaim your pre-baby body.Ask about iron
By week 20 in your pregnancy, your stored iron supply — the one you saved up when your periods stopped — is just about depleted. But right now, your growing baby is most in the market for new red blood cells. This puts you at risk for anemia, or low iron levels.
Although all pregnant women are susceptible to anemia, those who have had recent pregnancies, are carrying more than one fetus or have been undernourished at any point during their pregnancies have an even greater risk. How to pump up those supplies? Talk to your practitioner about a supplement and eat iron-rich foods paired with foods rich in vitamin C, like a red-pepper-and-steak stir-fry, for example.