Congratulations, you are halfway through your pregnancy! It’s all downhill from here keep reading to get more information about the twentieth week of your pregnancy stage.
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What’s happening to your body?
At this point, you will be around 4 to 5 kg heavier, with an extra kilogram added every two weeks. You’ll notice that your uterus and your belly button are at the same level.
Depending on your pre-pregnancy weight.The amount of weight may decrease or increase.
You can ask your doctor or midwife every time you want to know whether your weight gaining
is at a healthy rate or not and whether you need to organize your nutrition and activities.
By this time you will finally notice that your little one is big enough to move or push. However, there is enough space in the uterus to spare for your baby to dance around.The baby is about 19 to 20 cm long and weight 1/4 kg.
So how much did your baby grow?
Your baby is now covered in the vernix caseosa, a protective layer on your baby’s skin. It appears as a white, cheese-like substance. This coating develops on the baby’s skin while in the womb and helps to protect the skin from irritation, also helps the baby’s passage through the birth canal.
After that your baby will begin to produce Meconium, It may be pasty or stringy and tan to dark tarry in color. Meconium passage will start within 6 hours after the first feeding,and it consists of cell loss (intestinal epithelial cells, amniotic fluid, and mucus).
How should you plan out this week?
This week is going to be an exciting experience. Few things in life are more exciting than the birth of a new baby. And for that, you should start thinking about the delivery of your baby.But we know that even the most carefully planned birth can take twists and turns. So you’ll find yourself thinking about this special day alot.
You can start creating a journal and write down all your thoughts and plans for your delivery, also creating a birth helps you make decisions about how you want your labor and delivery to be, write down your wishes and give a copy to everyone involved with the delivery. So when the big day arrives, you can focus on what’s most important.
A few tips to make things easier
In order to stay healthy throughout the nine months before your baby arrives, you can follow these tips. Starting with the most important part: getting enough nutrition in your diet, especially iron.Getting enough iron can prevent a condition of too few red blood cells that can make you feel tired, called iron deficiency anemia. Having anemia can cause your baby to be born too small or too early. So make sure to have at least 27 to 30 mg of iron daily.
Recommended sources of iron:
- Dried beans
- Lean red meat
- Wheat germ
- Dried fruits
- Grains fortified with iron
A few tips for the partner
Maybe you and your partner can start decorating the baby’s room, choose your theme depending on the baby’s gender.
How can you help your partner?
- Paint the nursery.
- Put the bassinet together.
- Shop for some special items for the baby.
- Clean out closets or storage space.
It’s simple, really, just help with anything.
Next: Week 21 of Pregnancy