At 20 weeks of pregnancy, the mother reaches the middle of the gestational period and at this stage fetal movements are more easily perceived, even by others. Until this period, the prediction is that the pregnant woman has gained 6 kilos and her belly is already bigger and more visible, however, from now on her growth will be slower.
The fetus, in turn, is practically fully formed and only needs to grow and develop to reach the world. Everything is going well, but this does not mean that care should not continue.
Do you want to know what are the symptoms, events and especially the care that need to be taken during the 20 weeks of pregnancy? This is precisely the theme of our post today! Read on, we told you!
Symptoms at 20 weeks of pregnancy
Now, halfway through your pregnancy, it’s common for you to have gotten used to the symptoms of pregnancy and/or not even notice them so intensely. But let’s tell you: most of the time they’re still there. Check out the most common symptoms of the 20th week of pregnancy:
change in vision
It is common for some pregnant women to notice a change in vision during this period of pregnancy and the reason for this is the accumulation of water in the eyes. If you use contact lenses, this symptom can end up causing you some discomfort and our tip is that you avoid using them for the next few days, giving preference to prescription glasses.
You may have noticed that your hair has changed its appearance and is more silky and shinier! How wonderful, isn’t it? This is also a result of pregnancy, which is completely linked to the change of hair and hair throughout the body.
At 20 weeks of pregnancy you can notice the resurgence of heartburn and to relieve it you can include in your diet foods such as ice cream, basil leaves, fruit juices, chewing gum, foods based on vegetable grains, Yakult and of course, A lot of water!
Now that your belly is bigger and heavier, the pain in your back may be even more evident, no matter how accustomed you are to it. To relieve it, always do some stretching or physical exercise (which can range from yoga, pilates, water aerobics, swimming and even weight training, but always with medical approval) and try to rest whenever possible.
Recurrent fatigue or tiredness in pregnancy is also very common and is related to high hormonal levels in pregnancy. For her not to be so uncomfortable, try to rest whenever possible and be as calm as possible, after all, you are living a magical moment in your life and everything will be fine!
Swelling in the legs
At 20 weeks of pregnancy it is common for the legs and feet to swell and this is usually not synonymous with worry. However, if it reaches other parts of the body or if they are accompanied by other symptoms such as strong cramps and/or bleeding, it is best for you to see your doctor so he can find out what is happening, ok?
Itching and streaking in the belly
With the growth of the belly in pregnancy, it is common for a sudden itching to appear. With this, try to keep it always as hydrated as possible to avoid the appearance of new stretch marks, since the main symptom that a new stretch is coming is precisely this: itching.
A pregnant woman may have a situation of constipation during this period of pregnancy and so that this symptom does not disturb her too much, the ideal is that she consume a lot of fiber-rich foods and practice physical activities regularly.
Yeah, you still won’t be free from the exaggerated trips to the bathroom to pee and you’ll have to live with it for the next few weeks. Therefore, the best thing to do is to create a routine in which you can have easy access to the bathroom from time to time and also remember not to consume too much fluid before going to bed to avoid the sudden urge to go to the bathroom from getting in your way. sleep soundly.
Changes in pregnant women at 20 weeks of pregnancy
The main change in the pregnant woman’s body is related to the size of her belly, which now grows more and more. The discomfort and swelling already bother her and generate other symptoms, such as: back and leg pain.
In addition, she may notice that freckles and other skin patches may darken, as well as her nipples, genital area, and the area near the navel. This symptom does not usually remain after pregnancy, returning to normal tone soon after the baby is born.
Development of the fetus at 20 weeks of pregnancy
At 20 weeks of pregnancy, it is expected that the baby’s color will be light red and that he will already have a little hair on his head. Your internal organs are developing rapidly, although your lungs are still unable to function because they are immature.
His eyelids are already there, but they are still fused, forbidding his little eyes to open. The eyebrows are already noticeable, although they are still very thin and your kidneys produce about 10 ml of urine daily.
Fetal Size at 20 Weeks Pregnant
At 20 weeks of gestation, the baby is approximately 16.4 centimeters, the size equivalent to a bell pepper and its weight is around 300 grams.
20 weeks of gestation is how many months?
Upon completing 20 weeks of pregnancy, the pregnant woman is entering the 5th month of pregnancy and reaches the halfway mark of the gestational period.
Importance of morphological ultrasound in the 20 weeks of pregnancy
Considered one of the most magical moments of pregnancy, which is when you can actually see the baby inside the womb, morphological ultrasound is a variation of conventional ultrasound that should be performed between the 20th and 24th week and aims to visualize the entire fetus, showing all the details of each baby’s organ, in order to show if there is a problem or if the baby’s development is going well.
Organs such as: stomach, lungs, bladder, kidneys and heart are visualized in the exam and, in addition, it can be noticed whether or not there is the presence of nasal bone and fifth phalanx (presence of the fifth finger in the baby’s hand), causing that the examination is really important for monitoring pregnancy and the health of the fetus.
The heart and brain are the organs that are most evaluated during morphological ultrasound, as they will carry out a thorough analysis of them, analyzing each vein and arteries for perfect checking.
Time to organize the baby shower!
When you reach the middle of the gestational period, the mother can already start the preparations for the baby shower. Think about who you are going to invite, where you are going to make it, what the menu is going to be, whether or not you are going to hire a buffet, what the date and time will be, whether it will have a theme or not, whether you will make a gift list or whether you will leave it free for the guest to choose… Anyway, organize the party so that you can enjoy this moment with the people you love and if necessary ask the baby’s grandparents and godparents for help.
Oh, and don’t forget that the best thing is that you do it at a time relatively far from the end of your pregnancy to ensure that you’ll be able to enjoy the party, ok? Ideally, the date does not exceed 7 months of gestation.
Danger: Beware of Genital Herpes During 20 Weeks of Pregnancy
This is considered one of the most serious problems to occur during pregnancy due to the high risk of harming the baby as well as during childbirth and refers to a sexually transmitted disease that can be acquired through oral sex as well.
The most common damages are: miscarriage, prematurity in the fetus, blindness and microcephaly.
Therefore, even though sexual intercourse during pregnancy is not prohibited and even has benefits, great care is needed. Remember to protect yourself at all times and avoid having relationships with multiple partners.
Well, now that you know the symptoms, events and care that need to be taken during 20 weeks of pregnancy, it’s time to take care of yourself to ensure that your health and your baby’s health will not be affected. If you have any doubts regarding this topic, just comment on this post and we will clarify.
Oh, but don’t forget that the content described here is just a few tips that don’t replace your prenatal consultation. Keep your medical routine up to date and, whenever necessary, contact your trusted doctor directly so that he can help you with greater precision, okay?
In addition, keep following our blog for more information about the gestational period. Soon we will release other posts referring to the next weeks of pregnancy and we are waiting for you here. See you soon!