Pregnancy Week 20: Guide for Mothers

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Your baby, who is the size of a banana, may open his eyes now. Find out other amazing facts in our pregnancy week 20 guide for Indian Mothers

How Big is Your Baby?

week by week pregnancy guide: week 20

Your Baby's Development

In this week by week pregnancy guide, you'll learn that:

  • Your baby's skin is thickening and developing layers this week.
  • While most babies still have their eyes sealed, your little one's peepers may be open now.
  • He is swallowing a lot of amniotic fluid which is good for his digestive system.
  • A black, sticky substance called meconium is accumulating in his bowels. He will pass this soon after birth.
  • His taste buds are working, so if you catch him smacking his lips during your anomaly scan, he probably likes what you ate last!
  • If you are having a girl, her uterus is formed while her vaginal canal is developing. If you are having a boy, his scrotum is yet to develop but his testicles have started to descend.

Pregnancy Symptoms

  • You will now steadily gain about half a kilogram per week.
  • Your sleep is interrupted. The uterus is aligned with the belly button, making sleeping in one position a little uncomfortable.
  • The fatigue and morning sickness from trimester one have completely faded away by now. (This is, undoubtedly, the best news in this week by week pregnancy guide.)
  • You probably have increased libido as well, so getting some action between the sheets with your hubby will do you both good.
  • You have vaginal discharge. It is harmless and will continue until the end of your pregnancy.

Pregnancy Care

  • Keep your weight in check. If you started your pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a bit more. If you were overweight, you need to put the brakes on gaining.
  • Keep exercising to keep those aches and pains minimal.

Your Checklist

  • Haven't had an anomaly scan yet? You should. The bonus is: you may witness your baby kick, move or suck his thumb! Do take your partner along. It will be an amazing experience for you both.
  • Eat healthy to stock up on essential pregnancy nutrients.
  • Take your prenatal vitamins diligently.
  • Thinking about travelling? The second trimester is the best time to plan a trip. Share your travel with the doctor and start packing!

Your next week: 21 weeks pregnant

Your previous week: 19 weeks pregnant

Republished with permission from: theAsianparent

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