Congratulations! On completing your half way journey of pregnancy. By Pregnancy week 20, your baby’s skin will be thickened.
To-Be Moms, you are on a way to complete your 5th-month of pregnancy. You are now dealing with your growing bump and the changes happening in your body on a basis. Time is moving fast and you must be now habitual of pregnancy symptoms like a backache, cramps, uneasiness, etc.
As you’re moving ahead with your pregnancy, your well-wishers must be giving you a lot advice on do’s and not-to-do’s. You may have become tired of hearing many types of suggestions, along with confusions in mind. So, for coming out of the confusion, consult your doctor and do research work too.
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In Pregnancy week 20:
The upcoming weeks are for the further development and growth. By this week, the major organs like brain, heart, kidneys, and liver have already taken their preliminary shape. The baby will be kicking you from inside and will do many more adventurous activities, like rolling.
This week if you wish to you can get clear information about your baby’s gender. However, prenatal sex determination is banned in India since 1994, under the Pre-Conception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act. So, you need to wait for your D-day to see whether you’re blessed with a baby girl or a baby boy.
If you’re carrying a baby girl in your womb, then your little girl must be having nearly 6 million of eggs in her ovaries. But by the time she will take birth, this number will come down to 1 million. And if it is a boy, then the testis is still in the abdomen and will drop once the scrotum is fully developed.
The dark green colored sticky substance is produced in your baby’s tummy which comprises all the materials she ingests in the uterus (by-product of digestion). This substance is known as Meconium. Due to this meconium, the first few day’s stool of your baby looks like black and sometimes even dark green.
Although the baby’s lungs have developed to breathe, they are not mature. The baby is able to swallow the amniotic fluid and secrete urine. As your baby can now hear you, therefore it is important to keep your nearby environment quiet and peaceful as loud and noisy environment disturbs the baby.
This week get ready for your anomaly scan that will check your baby’s heartbeat, baby’s bones, the head, the spine, the brain, volume of amniotic fluid and his/her abdomen’s structure. The sonographer will also check your placenta’s position. Don’t worry if he informs you that your placenta is lying low because as your uterus grows, it will also pull the placenta up and away from the cervix.
During this 20th week of pregnancy, you can expect the following symptoms and changes in your body:
Ans: This can be explained well by this chart.
|What to Eat?||What to Avoid?|
|Drink plenty of water.||Carbonated drinks.|
|Drink 2 glasses of milk daily.||Tropical fruits like papaya, and pineapple.|
|Include chicken, eggs, nuts, pulses, cereals and cottage cheese.||Alcohol, and tobacco.|
|Salads made up from raw vegetables like cabbage, carrots and fresh tomatoes.||Fatty foods like pizza, burgers and fries.|
|Ragi, rice, and corn.||Caffeine.|
|Green leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and fenugreek.||Spicy and oily foods.|
Stay happy and smiling always! Remember your child is feeling every emotion that you feel.
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