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Pregnancy at Week 20

You are now 20 weeks pregnant, that means you are half way of your pregnancy. This week many other body problems start appearing in your body. It includes such as congestion.

You may observe the bloody nose and found yourself in the condition of cold or allergies. 

This week you will be getting ready for the next ultrasound. For more information about your baby and your body, read the article below.

How many months if you are 20 weeks pregnant?

If you’re in 20 weeks of your pregnancy, then you’re 5th month pregnant. Only 4 months left there. Still have questions? Then here’s some more information on how weeks, months and trimesters are broken down in pregnancy.

Baby

Size

How big is my baby?

Your baby is now about 16.5cm in length and it will be about the size of a small cantaloupe melon. His weight is around 0.28 kg.

The baby is developing still during this week. Since, there is still plenty of growing room for baby. This permits the baby to twist and turn.

Development

From here on, your baby is growing bigger and faster. This can be observe by baby’s strong kicks and movements.

Genitals

 However the genitals in both the male and female fetuses are still developing during this week. But you will be able to observe baby’s gender through the second trimester ultrasound. This normally occurs between 18 and 22 weeks. This also helps the doctor to give regular check on your pregnancy.

  • If you have a baby girl, then its uterus is going to form this week completely and the vaginal canal begins its development.
  • Your little fetus now has 7 million primitive eggs in her tiny ovary. But by birth, this will be down in numbers 1 to 2 million.
  • If the fetus is a boy, then the testicles are starting to form.

Taste:

Baby’s taste buds are developing this week along with his growth. Your baby starts recognizing strong flavors from the food you eat such as spicy curry or dishes, garlic.

Poop:

During these 20 weeks of your pregnancy, baby’s digestive system still continues to grow. Fetus starts developing meconium. This is the result of the amniotic fluid and other cells which your baby is consuming. This all makes your baby’s first poop. Some babies pass meconium while they are in womb or before birth. But most of them, wait until after they born.

Moving and grooving:

By this week, your baby is turn to be more active. Fetus is moving and floating around here and there in your womb.

Between 18 and 25 weeks, you will most probably start feeling your baby’s moving. At first, it will feel like a light fluttering known as quickening.  But soon, you will start feeling strong kicks and somersaults from your growing baby.

And if you’re pregnant with twins, you may feel two different sets of kicks and movements by this week.

Hearing

Baby is now able to hear any sound – may be your voice, heartbeat and stomach growling, with the sounds outside your body.

The baby may cover its ears with his hands, if the sound nearby you is loud.

Mother and Body

Your Life

Congratulations! Now you passed the halfway of your pregnancy which is big deal in itself. Here are more to know about your upcoming challenges you have to face to reach your destiny.

·        Top Tip:

Here after this successful half journey, you can celebrate it anyway. You can include tasty and healthy food in your celebration, as you should still careful about your habits of intake.

·        Massage treatment:

During this condition, it is always blissful moment to have a massage on your feet. It is kind of walking in heaven. So you can get good advantage of your free hour and can enjoy it in good manner. You can also have some other massaging on your hair and hands. Your partner can also give you feet rub if required, you deserve it.

·        Hair and nail development:

Now you also can observe that your nails are becoming stronger and hairs are growing rapidly than normal. Hairs are getting thicker and fuller. There is again pregnancy hormone behind this that hits your circulation that brings extra nutrients to hair and nails cells.

But don’t get attached with your current hair and nails quality, because they both will be in the same condition after delivery.

·         Growing appetite:

Are you feeling hungrier than ever? In the past weeks with nausea and food aversions, you could not take more advantages of your food tastes. Now it is the time to eat with great love what you want to eat.

But try to take healthy versions of every meal you would like to eat.

Other considerations

·        Abdomen size and shape:

You may start to observe other pregnant woman more likely or may look more closely at their belly shape. Each woman’s belly shape vary depending upon the height and weight of the woman.

Remember every woman is different in respect how she changes and responds to her pregnancy.

·        Maternity attire:

Most of the women are now start looking more like pregnant women and hence probably needs comfortable and loose clothes. Or may have need some special maternity clothes. You can read more about motherliness dress here>>

·        Natural therapy:

Art therapy is the treatment which includes art materials to create some images and sculptures to heal some emotions of stress and anxiety. It makes creative expression of feelings, thoughts and fantasy.

Some childbirth educators use art therapy to find out the problem and concerns to labor or childbirth.

Pregnancy Symptoms

This time of your pregnancy can be more enjoyable and joyful, as there is no more sickness and fatigue in your body. You could feel little uncomfortable as baby has grow larger than earlier. Here are something which may be happen with you i these upcoming weeks.

·        Weight gain:

Weight gain is the normal for every pregnant women in these weeks. They may put about 8 to 10 pounds these 20 weeks. And can get half to full pound per week ahead. 

·        Swelling:

About 25% of your weight gain comes from additional fluid your body is getting. So swelling and puffing your body is normal at this stage. Especially in your ankles and feet. You can also call it edema.

You can prevent this problem by staying off your feet , by reducing your caffeine and sodium intake.

You can consult from your doctor if the swelling exceeds further, because it may be the indication of preeclampsia.

·        Sex drive:

Almost for everyone, sex is secure during pregnancy. But you may find that your sex drive fluctuates throughout your pregnancy. Again there is hormone responsible for that condition.

Pregnancy at Week 19

So what you are thinking, it will be boy or girl? At 19 Weeks pregnant, you will undoubtedly excited for your pregnancy ultrasound. 

While most parents-to-be take this test as a time to determine the gender of their kid (if they have not previously done so during the first trimester via prenatal screening), you can definitely see even more than baby’s boy or girl bits.

You will see the entire baby’s body—inside and out—and be surprised at the amount of growth and maturation during week 19 of pregnancy. That is quite thrilling! Continue reading

Pregnancy at Week 18

Now you are 18 Weeks Pregnant, it is time to change various habits of you. You can now begin to sleep on your side(recommended left side) rather to sleep on the back. 

As baby is growing rapidly, this can result into large pressure on your back. That can make less amount of blood flow to your heart which makes you feel low or dip into your blood pressure.

This week, there is going to be big development in your baby’s body from hearing to the brain development.

Baby of 18 Weeks Pregnant Woman

How big is my baby at 18 this week?

Your baby is now as big as sweet potato. Your baby’s length is now about 5.59inches (14cm) and his weight is around 6.70 oz (0.14-0.18kg).

Development of the baby 

Genitals

This week your baby is covering with protecting layer called as myelin, around his nerves. This layer is continuing forming until your baby’s first year.

  • If the baby is girl then, her fallopian tubes and uterus start forming.
  • If you have a boy then, his genitals may be observed on his next ultrasound.

Though, it is sometimes difficult to observe the genitals, so don’t be stressed if there is similar case.

Baby is yawning

At this week, your baby will find out how to yawn and hiccup. Some of these activities you will observe soon in your ultrasound this month.

Baby’s nervous system

Baby’s nervous system is also growing and maturing rapidly. The nerves are now forming complex connections, covered with substance called myelin. This will help speed up  the messages to travel from nerve cell to another nerve cell.

Brain further developing into the ones, that provide the sense of touch, taste, smell, and sight.

Searches show that many nutrients like iron, choline and folate may contribute into healthy brain development. So keep taking this green leafy vegetables, eggs, beans, and other required nutrients in your diet.

How many months is 18 Weeks Pregnant?

If you’re in 18 weeks of your pregnancy, then you’re are  5th month pregnant . Only 4 months are left there. Still have problems? Read this post below about this week.

18 Weeks Pregnant Mother

Physical transformation

Baby kicking: Hardly any people can feel unborn baby’s movement early in their pregnancy. Many don’t feel anything distinct until 23 to 25 weeks. The time when one feels their baby’s first movement is different for different people. The sense of your baby’s first actions may be hard to differentiate, particularly if this is your first pregnancy.

Weight gain: Most of the women put on their weight during this first 20 weeks of the pregnancy. Or simply increase a few kilograms until these weeks of pregnancy, but experience a burst growth during the middle of their pregnancy.

Other concerns

Infections: It may be challenging if you are uncovered to an infection while pregnancy. It may include virus such as chicken pox or measles. These kind of infections may possibly affect unborn babies.

These organisms can pass through the placenta or can make the women ill. Any disorder normally depends on the phase of the pregnancy and how strong woman’s immunity is.

Radiation effects: Electronic gadgets have grown to be unavoidable part of our lifestyle. This can be badly affects a woman’s health and her baby’s development.

But still we are careless about it. So be alert while using these equipments in your routine.

Contact with Lead: Lead is heavy metal already in itself. High amount of this metal can cause miscarriage and stillbirth. Other complications such as high blood pressure, premature delivery and poor growth of baby can be happen.

Natural therapy:

Kinesiology is the treatment used to find out the weaknesses in the body. It also treats the physical and emotional disproportion within a mother’s body. This therapy is made by chiropractors in the USA. This is consider secure to use during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Symptoms of 18 Weeks Pregnant

Gaining Weight:

At this stage, every women start gaining a pound a week. As baby weighs seven to eight pounds, placenta carries 2 pounds and blood weighs 4 pounds. So try to manage your healthy weight during this period.

Maintain Balance:

With the growing of the baby, you will gain additional weight, which will change your center of gravity. This may imbalance your body and can give you back pain. You can avoid this situation by lifting up your feet.

Dehydrated eyes:

Pregnancy can make your eyes dry and can give you irritating feeling in case if you wear spectacles. So keep eating and drinking food which soothes your eyes. You can use a ayurvedic eye drop which has no artificial content and harmful chemicals.

Aches and pains:

These symptoms can be normal or more often around this week. You may experience some more painful feelings in your lower abdomen. There may be round ligament pain. This pain is because of your growing baby, which is stretching and growing in your womb.

Blood pressure:

Many times you wondering that why healthcare provider test your blood pressure at every visit? Low B.P can cause headaches and dizziness, but this problem is temporary, it normally goes away with the time.

On the other side, High B.P can cause problems like preterm birth and issue with placenta which can be unsafe for baby and mother.

Fun Fact

Your body is making 50% more blood than when you’re not pregnant to feed the baby.

Your Life at this 18 weeks of pregnancy

Sleeping:

Are you facing some problem while sleeping? Your body weight is now not on the position where it was earlier. You are now not able to sleep on your back anymore and belly sleeping is without any doubt is not comfortable.

Healthy snacks:

This time you normally need good food stuffs. It is easy to eat tasty and high carb containing food. You can take fibrous and roughage food which can help you prevent constipation and other related problems.

This can also help your baby to take various vitamins and minerals. You can use these foods both for breakfast and lunch or dinner.

Here are lists of many foods that can help you to avoid many health and pregnancy complications. >>