A pregnant woman who is in her 20th week of pregnancy has hit the midway mark of her pregnancy. If you are at this stage of pregnancy, you must be feeling better than your previous months of pregnancy because morning sickness is less likely to occur in the week 20 of pregnancy.
Several changes take place in your baby’s body and you too notice many changes in your own body. By this time you may have put on approximately 8-10 pounds and you can still look forward to gaining half to one pound every week for the remaining part of your pregnancy.
Volume of your blood has increased in order to fulfill your as well as your baby’s needs. Hence you may expect an increase in your pulse rate. This increase may be about 10 to 15 beats per minute.
During the last four weeks, your baby has incredibly grown in size and shape. At this stage the baby’s weight has quadrupled and is big enough to give you the feeling of his movements quite frequently. You may be able to deduce from his movements whether your baby is asleep or awake.
At this stage your baby weighs approximately 9 ounces and is about 6.5 inches in length. His organs are getting organized in their appropriate places. His kidneys have acquired the bean shaped structure and are now in the accurate position. Growth and development of his brain continues and his ears and nose become more distinct and opening of the nostrils take place during the 20th week of pregnancy.
Your baby’s testes (ovaries in case of girls) are in their position now. Development takes place in your baby’s teeth and now layers of dentin and enamel of your baby’s teeth are emerging. Your baby begins practicing breathing motions in this phase of pregnancy.
Your baby’s colon continues developing and grows upward. Your baby starts producing insulin from the 20th week of your pregnancy. Hair on your baby’s scalp begins to grow and his whole body is covered with fine hair. Sex of your baby can be determined with the help of ultrasound.
In the 20th week of your pregnancy your gums may bleed more easily; hence continue your dental care regime because poor dental health may lead to preterm labor. Continue eating healthy and nutritious diet and take your prenatal vitamins.