Congratulations! You’ve finally made it to the half-way mark. At week 20, you should have about 20 weeks to go until your due date. This is an exciting time during your pregnancy because changes are happening much faster than the first few months.
This week your baby is about the size of a banana.
Your baby is growing fast – it should already be about as big as an average sized banana. At the 20-week mark, most babies measure about 6.5 inches in length and weigh approximately 10 ounces. At this point, your baby is big enough for you to feel and also has a lot of growing left to do. This means they have plenty of space to perform acrobatics in your belly!
Boy or Girl?
If you don’t already know your baby’s gender, you should find out soon enough. Most doctors schedule a routine exam between weeks 18 to 22, which is also when they can see the gender for the very first time. You’ll want to consider getting ready for your own little gender reveal amongst your family and friends.
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If you’re carrying a girl, her vaginal canal is currently being formed and this week, her uterus should be fully developed. Her tiny ovaries already have eggs in them – about 7 million of them to be exact!
If you’re expecting a boy, his testicles are most likely beginning their descent. However, it will still be a few weeks before they get out of his abdomen entirely as the scrotum isn’t fully formed yet.
Your Body & Symptoms
By now you’re most likely done with morning sickness and all of the downsides of the first trimester. Fortunately, you might even experience a burst in energy around the 20th week of your pregnancy. Make the most out of it because it won’t last long. In a few weeks you will find yourself very sleepy most of the time.
While morning sickness should no longer be a concern, you’re not entirely out of the woods just yet. There are symptoms that you may notice at week 20.
Hair Growth:Pregnancy hormones at this stage can have a very nice positive effect on your hair growth. You may notice it growing out faster than usual. In fact, it may even get fuller as well.
Stronger Nails:Along with fast hair growth, you might also notice that your nails are much more durable now. These stronger nails and fuller hair is great, but don’t get too attached – it goes away when you deliver your baby.
Food Cravings:As mentioned above, your nausea is pretty much over by this point. This means that your food cravings can finally be fulfilled! However, you’ll want to be cautious because you can still get indigestion and heartburn. Doctors actually suggest eating smaller meals more often.
Your baby is developing their sucking habits at 20 weeks. If their thumb happens to glide near their mouth, they may even start sucking it. This is where the desire for pacifiers all begins.
Most mothers-to-be feel their first kicks around this stage of pregnancy. However, don’t worry if you don’t feel your little one just yet – it might still take a couple of weeks before you feel it.
This is the perfect time to start planning your baby shower, if you want one. You most likely know the gender by now and your burst of energy around this stage puts you in a better place to start planning. You won’t want to wait too much, as the final weeks of pregnancy tend to drain you a lot more.
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