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20th week of pregnancy And pregnancy symptoms

20th week of pregnancy

What you need to know about the 20th week

You are already about halfway through pregnancy. Here are some of the symptoms you may experience in the 20th week:

  • Stretch Marks
  • Get tired
  • Sleep problems
  • Swelling or bleeding gums,
  • Headache,
  • Abdominal pain,
  • In some cases, mild bleeding from the nose, 
  • Flatulence and constipation,
  • Indigestion and heartburn,
  • Chest pain when pressed,
  • Leg pain,
  • Feeling uncomfortable or short of breath in mild or slightly hot weather,
  • Dizziness,
  • Watery or swollen limbs,
  • Inflammation or infection of the urinary tract,
  • Vaginal infections 
  • Spots on the skin of the face or other parts of the body,
  • In many cases, the hair on the head becomes thicker and blacker than before.

Things to keep in mind: 

  • You should have an ultrasound scan this week. An ultrasound scan of the 20th week looks for any birth defects in the fetus.
  • Leg pain and back pain may increase during this time of pregnancy. You can do light exercise to reduce the pain. One can take the advice of an exercise instructor to know the type of exercise during pregnancy.

How the fetus is growing

By 20 weeks your baby is about 25.6 centimeters or about 10 inches tall. At this time the baby weighs about 300 grams. 

This week a white slippery layer called ‘vernix’ will form on the baby’s skin. This layer of protection is thought to form on the skin so that the baby’s delicate skin does not become rough on contact with the amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby. This layer also helps the baby to get out easily during delivery as it is slippery. 

The baby will now begin to move more than before. Pregnant mothers will be able to feel the presence of the fetus regularly and clearly from this time.

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