20 Weeks Pregnant

20 Weeks Pregnant – My Growing Baby

My growing baby is now approximately 8 inches long and weighs 9 ounces.  Previous measurements were calculated from the crown of the head to the end of the bottom.  New measurements will be calculated from the crown to a heel.*

20 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my baby

Vernix caseosa is a white substance that covers your baby and keeps your baby’s skin from becoming irritated by the amniotic fluid.  This substance also make it easier for your baby to slide through the vaginal canal during birth.  Your baby is also making a dark green or black substance known as meconium.  Meconium is made up of amniotic fluid that has been swallowed, cell loss, and digestive secretions.

20 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me

Your weight gain is probably in the neighborhood of about an additional eight to ten pounds.  From this point on you will gain between a half to a full pound a week.  The top of your uterus is now at the same level as your belly button.  Your healthcare provider will monitor you weight gain and make sure that it is on target.  Always remember that a well balanced meal is the best way to ensure nutrients to your baby and manage your weight gain.*

20 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week

The birth of your baby is a joyous, fearful, exciting, nervous but beautiful experience that you will remember for an eternity.  It is important to think through and decide on the type of birth experience that you want.  Some moms create a list of options and work through pros and cons, some journal their thoughts and wishes, and others seek to discuss them with their partner.   Once you decide on the facets of your birth experience that you want included or avoided; it is important to communicate those to your healthcare provider and to anyone else connected to your labor and birth.

20 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips

We can’t say it enough; eating well balanced meals is essential to the health and wellness of both you and your baby.  Take special note that it is important to increase the amount of iron in your diet which helps make hemoglobin in your baby.  This lessens your chances of anemia, low birth weight, and prematurity. You should be consuming 27 to 30 mg of iron daily.  Here is a list of foods that are rich in iron:

  • lean red meat
  • pork
  • dried beans
  • spinach
  • dried fruits
  • wheat germ
  • oatmeal
  • grains fortified with iron

20 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner

Helping your partner plan and prepare for the nursery is a great task to invest in her and get you both ready for the arrival of your new bundle of joy.  Even if you do not know the gender of your baby, you can still take significant steps in getting things ready.  Here are a few tips:

  • Paint the nursery and keep her away from the fumes
  • Get the crib/bassinet put together (do it in the room – it doesn’t fit through the door)
  • Go shopping with her to get things you need for the room and/or baby
  • Clean out closets or storage space so that mom does not feel like things are “cluttered”
Last Updated: 11/2012

* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception.  Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman.  It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.

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