What to Expect when You’re 20 Weeks Pregnant
Congratulations! If you got your conception and baby due date right, you are now halfway through your full term!!! At 20 weeks pregnant, Baby is about the size of a small melon, is six and a half inches long and weighs around ten ounces. He or she is now practicing all sorts of acrobatics inside your womb and you should be able to feel kicks, rolls, flutters and even hiccups!
Common Symptoms at 20 Weeks Pregnant
By now, the first pregnancy signs and symptoms (morning sickness, spotting & mood swings) are well behind you and you’ll be able to see more and more of the visible signs of pregnancy weekly – it’s now impossible to hide that beautiful bump!
You may find you start to experience an uncomfortable pregnancy symptom or two. Pregnancy cramps and pains in the lower back, hips and the sides of your abdomen are fairly common as your growing uterus puts pressure on other parts of your body. It’s important to keep your joints and muscles mobile and get plenty of sleep in order to minimize these pains.
To Do List
Make sure you keep your pregnancy food and water at a healthy level – your calorie intake should be between 300 and 350 more than your pre-pregnancy diet. It’s important not to buy into the “eating for two” myth during the second trimester – just keep eating plenty of fresh and nutritious food and you should find that your pregnancy weight gain is all baby!
Start planning your baby shower! Traditionally, this takes place in the third trimester, but it’s a good idea to pinpoint a date and get invitations out now, especially if you have busy or widespread friends and family! Organizing the shower is also traditionally the role of your best friend – but most expectant mothers can’t resist butting in! Click here for some fabulous baby shower ideas.
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