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Pregnancy Calendar - 20 Weeks Pregnant

Updated on February 10, 2011

At 20 weeks pregnant you are now at the half way stage. In another 20 weeks or so, you will hopefully have delivered your baby, or at least be preparing for your baby’s imminent arrival. However, you’ve still a way to go and you’re probably at the stage whereby you’re wondering ‘what next?’.

20 Weeks Pregnant

 

What next - at 20 weeks pregnant is – a growing pregnant belly! You should have a nice ‘bump’ going on by now and no doubt friends and family are beginning to comment. You will - or will soon – have felt your babies’ movements, as he grows larger and stronger.

If it’s a second or subsequent pregnancy, you may well have felt his movements for a few weeks by this stage. And, as your size and weight increases, you may be starting to feel the effects. Maybe you’re feeling a little heavier in general or just starting to feel a little more cumbersome.

If so, that’s a perfectly normal way to feel right now and unless you’re unduly worried, you should be fine. No doubt your bladder is beginning to feel more pressured at the 20 weeks pregnant stage and it’s potentially quite bothersome. You may also have noticed that your belly button is beginning to protrude and that you’re feeling a bit more out of breath.

20 Weeks Pregnant

All perfectly normal events for the 20 weeks pregnant stage, as your baby continues to grow and develop - which in turn puts more strain on your lungs and stomach. Also, if you haven’t already had an ultra sound, you should expect to have one around now. This allows your medical team to be able to check on how baby is doing (and hopefully what sex he is) and that all is well with your uterus and so on.

You may have noticed that stretch marks are beginning to appear. This doesn’t happen to all women. I was fortunate enough not to develop any but - I know that I was in the minority. My sister eyed me very harshly when it was her turn. I think she’d judged her ‘stretch-ability’ on mine and she was rather put out to find that she was different.

However, that said, she went a long way towards taking care of her skin and tried very hard to reduce the amount in general. There are many home remedies, as well as dedicated creams that claim to either remove or prevent stretch marks. But - do be wary of buying something that uses a lot of the ‘may’ and ‘might’ marketing strategies. Vague claims usually involve high prices - and pregancy and babies are enough of an expense in themselves.

Fetal Development

 

20 Weeks Gestation

As you're now 20 weeks pregnant, your baby will be roughly upwards of around 16.5cm. He will have gained a waxy layer – known as vernix - around his whole body. The vernix is thought to protect him against turning wrinkly, due to being cocooned inside your womb and the amniotic fluid.

At this stage in his gestation, your babies’ facial features are now much sharper and his ears are fully capable of picking up sounds beyond the womb. His internal organs and external form have developed to a stage whereby the next couple of months are more down to over-all growth and weight development - though there’s still a little fine tuning yet to go.

20 Weeks Pregnant - In General

Continue to eat rest and take general good care of yourself. If you’re due to have an ultra sound scan, it’s a good time to talk with your health professionals about what’s ahead for the second half of your pregnancy.

Now that you’re 20 weeks pregnant, hopefully you’ll be feeling healthy and happy and looking forwards to the second half of your journey. As always – take it easy.

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    • tectonic profile image

      tectonic 7 years ago from Singapore

      Fruitful write-up that you have presented.

      Will check out your other hubs

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      Andria 8 years ago

      My sister ahd deep ones. Quite faded now - she used lots of vitamin e cream. I didn't get any. I'm sure her use of the cream everyday during her pregnancy and after have made a hufge difference :):)

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      skye2day 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      My Daughter is 20 weeks pregnant. This is great we are readng this together. I have been a fan for of yours for some time now. I will return more often. You have great info. Thank You.

      My daughter thinks she is getting Birth Marks. I say no way. I got little vague lines many years ago while pregnant. I never got stretch marks,thank you God. I have three daughters. SO tell us when you speak of Birth Marks did you get little vague lines that appeared? Did your sister have vague lines or deep marks right away? I feel for anyone that gets stretch marks. Hopefully there are products out by now to diminish them, at least somewhat.

      Many Blessings frogsdropping. Your writing is awesome. Hugs.

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      rios65 8 years ago from Lowell

      Wow thats interesting I wish I had read this when I was 20 weeks pregnant, It would have helped me with some of my questions I had. Now I'm 26 weeks

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