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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.

Visit With the Obstetrician

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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Torie Nov 12, 2018 09:38:05 PM ET

I'm 20 weeks and 3 days. i still haven't felt my baby kick. i have tingling feelings in my stomach and sharp pains in my side but, i still haven't fully felt my baby kick.

Guest Nov 24, 2018 02:22:15 PM ET

I've felt a few kicks, not many. i've been feeling fluttering down low, but i have an anterior placenta so that's why.

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Beverley Oct 15, 2018 10:54:44 AM ET

I'm 20 weeks and have been feeling baby moving for a while now. but, lately the kicks are more pronounced as i can see them through my clothes. going for my gender reveal this week so, i'm excited but, i already know it's a girl. keeping my fingers crossed.

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Kirsty Aug 9, 2018 12:03:50 AM ET

I am 20+4 and my baby girl doesn't keep still, such an amazing feeling!

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Mandy Jul 26, 2018 03:10:36 PM ET

20 weeks and 2 days. i have felt baby move since 15 weeks. having my 3rd girl. very excited for baby to come.

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Cocoababes26 Jul 3, 2018 07:35:02 PM ET

Hey, i'm 20 weeks and 3 days pregnant. this is my 3rd pregnancy and i feel great. i recently started to feel her move but it's only at night.

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Queen Jun 16, 2018 12:35:49 AM ET

I'm really not sure what i'm feeling. it's not movements in my opinion its just like someone is flicking you from the inside a couple of times then it stops after a few seconds. i'm 20 weeks 3 days.

Guest Aug 28, 2018 04:30:52 AM ET

Me too! :)

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Steph Jun 10, 2018 08:35:44 PM ET

I'm 20 weeks 2 days and haven't felt any movement?

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Fay Savory May 3, 2018 08:55:17 AM ET

I'm 20 weeks 1 day, feel my baby mostly when i'm having a bath.

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Kimberly Apr 28, 2018 08:00:27 AM ET

Hello, i am 20 weeks and 2 days preggers. some days i feel pregnant and some days i don't. for some reason i have an attitude about this. this is my 1st pregnancy and it is beyond nerve wrecking. i already love my baby but, i am keeping hope alive that everything is okay in there. i think i feel him/her moving around in there and that gives me massive comfort.

JoAnne Oct 23, 2018 02:39:56 PM ET

Haha, that is completely normal. i was like that with my 1st one and i'm now on my 3rd. it's not a feeling that goes away but, you do get used to what should feel normal and what doesn't.

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AmiFitz8 Mar 27, 2018 05:37:55 PM ET

I am 45 years old and a surrogate. i will hit 20 weeks tomorrow. i started at 152 pounds and i am now at 158. is that too much weight. my stomach is growing a lot quicker with this baby than my last surrogacy, where i only gained 30 pounds total.

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