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Your Baby's Development This Week

The baby is now producing meconium now, which is the first stool passed. This is made up of amniotic fluid, mucus, bile, lanugo, and is generally stored in the infant's intestines. However, sometimes the meconium is passed during or even prior to delivery. It is tarry, stick and dark and will be the first stool of the newborn's first few days.

Mom is passing on her immunities to baby now, helping protect the infant from illness and disease. Another big development with baby is the refinement and growth of nerve cells for senses in different areas of the brain, leading to the ability to see, smell, taste, hear and feel. The hearing is already in operation with the baby, and you might even notice the little one jumping in reaction to sudden loud noises, startling to the loudness. Babies can hear despite their watery surroundings, and will become accustomed to the voices and sounds of daily life, so that after being born, newborns will be comforted by familiar voices or music. Don't think it is silly to read, talk to, or sing to your growing baby. They are listening!

The baby is now about 7" long and weighs approximately 10 1/2 ounces.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 20

You've now reached the halfway point of your pregnancy! Weight gain is probably in the ten pound range, with expectation of about 0.85 to 1 lbs ounce every week for the remainder of the pregnancy. This is only a general recommendation. Your doctor will adjust expectations to your unique situation. The uterus should be at belly button level now.

The baby's heartbeat is so strong now you might even be able to distinguish it from your own if you get into a good position and are patient.

Your nails and hair are probably growing like crazy, with a strength and fullness you've never experienced before.

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One thing many pregnant women do not expect is change with their vision. However, it quite common for a pregnant woman's eyesight to worsen. It is not typically more than a temporary problem, as most the time the vision returns to normal after birth. The hormones cause drop in tear production and that dryness can lead to blurry vision or irritation. Also fluid retention affects the shape of the eye, making contact lenses to become uncomfortable. If that's the case, then trying wearing glasses for awhile. However, some symptoms can indicate a problem with gestational diabetes or high blood pressure. Be sure to discuss with your doctor any problems you might be having.

Preparing for Baby

You may be feeling pretty good right now, so it's an excellent time to enjoy some one on one time with your partner. Try to make it a regular date, and aim for continuing this even after the baby arrives. Get friends or family to be on your babysitter speed dial, perhaps returning the favor. Establishing a consistent time for couplehood will give a better chance of it extending into parenthood time.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Pregnant skin is different. Things which once may not have bothered you might cause a rash. Once oily skin might be dry, and vice versa. Skin is more sensitive than ever though, and thus direct sunlight should be avoided. Skin that is prone to stretch marks will become more problematic if exposed to sun. So if you must be in the sun particularly during the strongest exposure times, be sure to use sunscreen.

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I'm 20 weeks Aug 6, 2014 07:27:25 PM ET

Hello. i'm 20 weeks yesterday and so excited because i had three miscarriages in the past. i have two older boys (10/12). now, we are happy that we are having another little boy. i'm due on dec 25, 2014. i can't wait to meet my little jr. i'm so blessed, and i thank god everyday and night. i feel him move sometimes. i'm overweight so it's harder to feel my baby move. he can hear us though. woohoo! i'm so happy! thanks for reading my story. have a blessed nite.

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Ni Sep 23, 2013 06:44:57 AM ET

I turned 20 weeks today ...i'm happy cause i'm having some problems now and in the pass with pregnancy that i don't wana bring up again. but i'm blessed to make it this far. i'm on bed rest making sure i take it easy so my little man can make it. i feel blessed & good. i'm enjoying my pregnancy just scraed to deliver . it's kinda to soon to b thinkn bout that but can't help it , it's gonna happen ! but i can't wait too meet him !! proud mommyyy to be

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Alise Lewis Sep 17, 2013 12:01:51 PM ET

Tomorrow i will be 20 weeks pregnant and i hopefully will be finding out tha sex of my baby tomorrow when i get my ultrasound..... i already have a girl and a boy and im wishing for this one to be a girl(so excited cant wait:-))

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Ammarah Jul 23, 2013 03:45:08 AM ET

I am almost 18 and 6 days praganant and i am so worried because my baby movement not start yet

April Aug 1, 2013 07:59:31 AM ET

I couldn't feel much either then... i did feel a little bit of 'quickening' but nothing that 'stood' out. after my appt (19 weeks) i could feel her move a lot more because the ultrasound tech explained what i was feeling for more accurately! also, she told me my placenta is anterior which means its on the front side of the baby opposed to the back.. and that alone can make it hard to feel the baby kick as it's like shes kicking a pillow!. i hope this helps. don't worry, i was the exact same way!

Kim Aug 1, 2013 09:22:06 AM ET

It's different for everyone, don't worry- you may not feel your baby kick for a few more weeks. relax, lie down and practice deep breathing... you may notice it then... if you are really worried, get it checked out... good luck...

Ni Sep 23, 2013 06:38:35 AM ET

Everyone is diffrent don't worry too much cuz my baby just started moving like crazy at 19 weeks i'm 20 today... as long as u checking up with your doctor and everything okay you just gotta be patient. i had the same worrys

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catherine Jul 15, 2013 05:56:19 PM ET

Im 20 weeks and 2 days and i love feeling my baby kick inside me. after two mc i don't care if its a boy or girl. we should all be grateful we are blessed

Ni Sep 23, 2013 06:39:27 AM ET

Amen to that

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Baby Drachie Jul 9, 2013 09:54:07 AM ET

Round about the same amount of weeks,and neva thot i eva have a baby_found out its a boy n daddy cudnt be more excited:-)i still puke thou_but i wudnt change this 4 anything_im so grateful 2thee most high ma jesus. can't wait to meet our lil homie *hearts

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ANNIE Jul 9, 2013 04:21:28 AM ET

I'm 20 weeks prego this my second child, already have a girl aged 4 years hope this time god will bless me wid a baby boy. am trusting on him. just wish me luck!!!!!

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sweet Jul 3, 2013 03:01:04 PM ET

Hi im having a boy , me and my love wanted a girl .but i have to except what god has gave us... im also stressed if my love will one day live me and are baby.

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Kechy Jul 2, 2013 03:00:45 PM ET

Wow! i thank god am 20weeks now, have not gone o know if it is boy or girl but which ever one am grateful to god. congrats to all expectant mom.

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laura&amaury Jun 29, 2013 02:32:49 PM ET

We r 20 weeks n 2 days found out we are having a girl!!!! so exciting. even though i was tokd i cant have children congrats to all of u who r pregnant or already had there children. such a blessing. enjoy your new baby.:)

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