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Pregnancy Week 20

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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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blessing Apr 11, 2015 04:11:21 AM ET

Hello ladies. i just turned 20 weeks yesterday. my fear is that since i went back to the gym the past few days, i don't feel my lil' man move like before. i'm a bit worried as i had a miscarriage with my previous pregnancy. but, to make it this far, i know god is forever by my side even though i would cry at times.

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Tan Mar 19, 2015 08:09:45 PM ET

I'm 20 weeks and a day pregnant!! i had found out that i was having a baby girl two weeks ago. i'm very excited to meet my baby girl. i'm a little concerned right now because i don't feel her move. my doctor told me not too worry, that she's fine and to just keep talking to her, but i'm not sure!!!! i don't know to think.

Gegi_Marie Mar 30, 2015 06:30:09 PM ET

Tan, don't worry. it's normal. i too am 20 weeks, and i wasn't feeling the baby. so don't freak out. i believe you have to start tracking the movement at 26-28 weeks. you will be fine. i wish you the best on your beautiful journey.

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Marlene Jan 8, 2015 10:54:20 AM ET

I am 20 weeks and 7 days pregnant. i love feeling my baby move. now, all i want to know is my due date.

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Fallon Dec 30, 2014 12:25:43 AM ET

I am 20 weeks today. i have my ultrasound tomorrow, but i don't want to know the sex of the baby. i want it to be a surprise the day of! i just started to feel the baby move today! i'm feeling okay other than my body aching.

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china Dec 18, 2014 05:26:37 AM ET

I'm 20 weeks and 3 days pregnant, and i just found out i'm having a girl. i thought it was going to be a boy. i got 19 weeks left to go before my due date.

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danyail Nov 28, 2014 10:39:11 PM ET

I'm at 20 weeks, and i find out on dec. 1st if i'm having a boy or girl. :-) i'm so excited. due to past problems, i've had to get a cerclage. it was quite the experience. the father has nothing to due with me, or my pregnancy. i just always thought it would be different. just lonely

Brianna Garza Dec 17, 2014 12:17:59 PM ET

Is a cerclauge painful? i have to have one soon and i am terrified.

Perrika Dec 19, 2014 08:10:42 PM ET

The doctor will numb you so you won't feel anything.

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Angela Nov 3, 2014 02:46:53 PM ET

Tomorrow, i will reach my 20 week mark. i'm halfway there, and i am so excited. i had 2 previous miscarriages, but we put our trust in god and tried again. now, we are expecting to have a boy in march 2015. we will name him after my husband. everything, has checked out well with no sign of deficiencies for the baby. we are truly blessed!

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lisa Oct 21, 2014 08:26:44 AM ET

I'm 19 weeks, 4 days pregnant, and having a boy. i'm so grateful to make it to nearly 20 weeks, as i was carrying twins and lost one but grateful for the little boy we have growing. good luck to all ya mommas.

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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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