Week 20 | Month 5

Baby’s Growth

The baby weighs around one pound and measures about 16.5 cms from crown to rump. You can experience a lot of baby movements which are mild and do not cause discomforts. The baby can hear pretty well as both the external and internal ears will be completely functional. Your baby is swallowing amniotic fluid which is a practice for her digestive system. The water in the amniotic fluid will be absorbed by the body while the rest moves to the bowel system. From this week, your baby will grow bigger and stronger.

Baby's Weight

The ideal weight of the baby at week 20 is approximately 300 grams (10.58 ounces)

Mother's Heath

You have crossed half way and it is only 20 more weeks to see your charming prince/princess. You may feel your nails and hair to be growing stronger, thanks to those pregnancy hormones. This week, your belly button may protrude outside as the uterus pushes the abdomen. The growing belly may interfere with your sleeping positions and cause disturbed sleep. Make sure, you get iron rich food as the baby needs to prepare red blood cells.

Pregnancy Symptoms

Many pregnant women may still experience backache, increased appetite, nausea, heart burn, headaches, edema etc. Pregnancy symptoms like occasional headaches, dizziness and vaginal discharge are also experienced by some expectant mothers.

Pregnancy Tips
  • As the baby can hear your voice, you can sing or read out loud which will help your young one recognize your voice and build a bond after child birth.
  • There are various antenatal care classes available for the expectant mother and father to prepare for delivery and child care. It’s time to explore those options and join.
  • You can try warm showers, mild body massage, yoga, heat packs etc to relieve from back pain and body aches.
  • Avoid high heels and try flat sandals or shoes which will keep you comfortable all day and soothe your feet from Edema.

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