20 Weeks Pregnant
Congratulations! You have reached the halfway point in your pregnancy. Your baby is about the length of a banana but still has plenty of room inside your uterus.
Congratulations! You have reached was is generally the halfway point in your pregnancy. Your baby is growing rapidly and is now the length of a banana.
Twenty Weeks Pregnant
Your baby has started to produce meconium. This dark green to black, sticky substance is a by-product of digestion. It collects in the bowels and is what your baby will pass in it’s stool within the first 48 hours after being born.
While your baby is busy growing, he or she still has plenty of room to move and twist in your belly. You will really enjoy feeling all of your baby’s movements!
How You Are Changing
Getting to the halfway mark in your pregnancy is very exciting! You may have gained around 10 pounds and you’ll continue to gain about a pound a week from now on. Gaining weight is an important aspect of pregnancy now.
Make sure you are staying well hydrated and are getting enough iron. Red meat is an excellent source of iron, as is spinach, prune juice, raisins, and legumes. You need it so that you can keep up with your body’s expanding blood volume.
Now that you’ve reached the halfway point, you may want to think about signing up for a childbirth class. Taking a class will help you and your partner be prepared for labor and delivery. Check with your doctor’s office or the hospital you plan on delivering at for class options.
You may find that it’s getting harder for you to get a good night’s rest. You may be snoring for the first time in your life. This is due to estrogen, a hormone that causes swelling in the mucous membranes of the nose. You may also notice that you have a runny nose from time to time.
Heartburn and indigestion may make it difficult to sleep, as do leg cramps. You may find that it’s becoming more difficult to get into a good sleep position and may toss and turn more often. Even when you’re exhausted, you may find that sleep is elusive.