Congratulations! You’re halfway through your pregnancy. Feels like yesterday when you got that positive pregnancy test. This week, you’re closer to the end of your 5th month of pregnancy. 20 more weeks left to go before your due date.
Mom’s Body at 20 Weeks
Now that you’re at the midpoint of your pregnancy, your 20-week pregnant belly is more noticeable than ever. Your pregnancy is now a bump!
Your Baby’s Development at 20 Weeks
The size of your 20-week baby is around 25.6cm long. You can visualise that your baby is around the length of a grapefruit. Your baby weighs around 300g and will gain approximately 1 centimetre in length each week during this month.
Your little one is looking more babylike than ever. Hair is already growing on your baby’s head, and a fine, soft hair called lanugo is beginning to cover their body.
Your baby’s senses and reflexes are developing quickly. Rapid brain growth continues, particularly in the nerve centers dedicated to the senses. Your baby is breathing, sucking, and swallowing constantly now. It’s possible that he may suck his thumb this week or sometime soon. You may start to feel a bubbling or fluttering in your belly, this could be your baby moving around.
20 weeks pregnant is how many months?
If you’re 20 weeks pregnant, you’re in month 5 of your pregnancy. Only 20 weeks left to go!
Pregnancy symptoms at 20 Weeks
Your symptoms this week could include:
- Constipation: Your growing baby pushing against your intestines can lead to constipation. This, combined with pregnancy hormones, can slow down your intestinal traffic.
- Forgetfulness: You may be having a hard time concentrating as well as you used to, and you may find that you’re forgetting small things. It might help to create checklists or reminders.
- Heartburn or indigestion: your baby is putting more and more pressure over the rest of your abdominal organs. That can cause acid reflux, especially after meals.
- Increased Vaginal discharge: At this time, vaginal discharge can increase due to increased blood flow to the area and hormones. Typical vaginal discharge during pregnancy looks milky and has a bit of an odour.
- Itchy skin: You may feel especially itchy around your belly and breasts as your skin stretches to accommodate your growing baby.
Lower back pain: At 20 weeks, your growing uterus is putting strain on your back, and the extra weight you’re carrying makes your muscles work harder.
Sex at week 20 of pregnancy
Yes, you can have sex in week 20 of pregnancy. Studies have shown that sex is safe all throughout pregnancy and doesn’t increase the chance of miscarriage or premature delivery.
At Week 20 of pregnancy, you can also plan a romantic evening with your spouse. You’re feeling more energetic, your bump isn’t too big yet, and morning sickness is gone. Make your intimacy a priority, since late pregnancy and the postpartum period can be stressful for any couple.
Week 20 pregnancy Tips
- Schedule your 24-week appointment.
- Avoid high heels
- Register for baby shower gifts.
- Enjoy some me time.
- Start planning your nursery or working on it!