Congrats! 20 weeks into your pregnancy and you are half way there!
If you’ve recently found out baby’s sex, you’re in a completely new mindset — are we right?
How big is my baby at 20 weeks pregnant?
By week 20, your baby will now measure around 16.5cm long, head to rump and around 25 cm from head to heel. They are around the size of a large beef tomato and growing quickly!
20 Weeks Pregnant Is How Many Months?
20 weeks pregnant is four months and about two weeks. During week 20, you’ve hit the halfway point of your pregnancy.
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 20
Heartburn & Indigestion:
If you’re looking for a simple heartburn fix, try chewing a piece of sugarless gum after meals. The increased saliva it produces neutralizes gastric acids and helps force fluids back into the stomach.
Increased vaginal discharge is a common pregnancy symptom. It’s usually nothing to worry about, but if the discharge changes in colour and you are experiencing any pain, get it checked out. Vaginal discharge is often sparked by hormonal changes, which is why you may notice it in greater quantities during pregnancy since it will increase until full-term you may want to try using panty liners. Despite this, it shouldn’t have a strong smell or produce other symptoms so if it changes in colour, becomes heavy or thick, or has a strong odour it may be a sign of infection so speak to your healthcare professional.
Edema (Swelling in Feet & Ankles):
If water retention in your ankles and feet is causing you pain, be sure to wear comfy (not tight!) shoes while you’re out and switch into slippers when you get home. Also, avoid tight socks or pantyhose that can cut off blood flow – you want to keep fluids flowing freely to minimize swelling in your lower extremities.
Fainting and dizziness:
This can be something you suffer with throughout your pregnancy or you may find it comes and goes. It is not an illness in its own right but literally a symptom to let you know something is not right in your body. By this stage of your pregnancy you will probably have been advised not to lay on your back to avoid your growing bump pressing on the vena cava blood vessel. Lying in this position can leave you feeling dizzy but a number of other things can also make you feel dizzy including anaemia, dehydration and low blood sugar levels.
Experts aren’t clear on what causes leg cramps during pregnancy, but one theory is that they’re triggered by compressed blood vessels in the legs. Help the blood circulate throughout your body more easily and minimize cramping by putting your feet up when you can and drinking plenty of fluids.