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You are 20 weeks pregnant.

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Congratulations! This week marks the half way point of your pregnancy. It has been 18 weeks since the date of conception and your baby's crown-to-rump length is 5.6 to 6.4 inches. The fetus weighs about 9 ounces and your belly definitely has an obvious bulge. Your waistline has expanded and is no longer visible. Your uterus has now moved up enough that it is pushing your abdomen outwards. The top of your uterus is even with or just below your navel.

Sex organs are showing clearly on this girl

For the remainder of your pregnancy, the growing uterus puts pressure on your lungs, stomach and kidneys. This will make you feel short of breath, the need to urinate more frequently and can cause indigestion. The added pressure on your abdomen can also cause your bellybutton to protrude and cause an `outy` instead of an `inny`. Many pregnant women begin to notice stretch marks around this time as well. Your abdominal muscles are being stretched and pushed apart as your baby grows inside of you.

Your baby's skin begins to thicken this week and will develop four layers. Your baby's sebaceous glands secrete a waxy substance called vernix caseosa. Your baby will be born with this wax and it will look like paste. The vernix caseosa is crucial because it protects the fetus' fragile skin from the continuous immersion in amniotic fluid. Lanugo hairs secure the vernix caseosa in place and it is thick around the eyebrows. Scalp hair and toenails are beginning to form at this point. Hair can also be seen on the upper lip and eyebrows.

Around twenty weeks, most doctors will order a routine ultrasound to check the baby's development. Measurements will be taken and the sonogram technician will check to make sure there are no defects or abnormalities. Your ultrasound technician can also see how long your cervix is and can tell you approximately how much your baby weighs at this time. Most expectant women also find out the sex of their baby during this time! If your sonographer does not offer pictures, ask them for a copy of the photos.

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redhead-mama - 1 days ago
Had my anatomy scan today. They say baby looks great. She kept hiding her face with her hands though so we didn't get a very good profile image, lol!

mrscephas - 6 days ago
So excited to be halfway there now... Feeling more movement everyday ;) And my anatomy scan is tomorrow, just under 24 hrs... I can't wait!!!!

beckym - 13 days ago
Erica, congrats on the baby boy.

claraxx - 15 days ago
20 weeks today! Happy to be at the half way mark. Hoping time keeps flying by 😀

maimai88 - 18 days ago
Hi ladies, sorry I haven't posted in a while, but its been a crazy busy few weeks! almost 21 weeks now, this pregnancy is flying! We had our big ultrasound two weeks ago ( I was almost 19 weeks then), and so thrilled that baby is healthy!! We are still team green, at least for the moment. Ericalynn- big congrats on your baby boy!!

Ryskay - 19 days ago
20 weeks TODAY!!and feeling good and xEricaLynn congrats on your baby boy, I still have to wait a week before I go for my 20 week scan. How is everyone else doing?

xEricaLynn - 19 days ago
It's a BOY!! :-)

xEricaLynn - 20 days ago
20 weeks today. Anatomy scan tomorrow evening. I'm really hoping it's a girl, but we may or may not find out the gender, only if baby cooperates! :-)

charcharsuperstar - 29 days ago
Who's still here? I'm 20 weeks today...and yes we have known for a while we're having a boy :)..all is well? You guys feeling kicks? I had 2 STRONG ones that took my breath away yesterday...and lots of little and medium ones when I lay down.

ShireeT - 37 days ago
We find out monday! Boy boy boy girl so far. - 40 days ago

flybear - 40 days ago
It's a boy. - 41 days ago
Flybear, it's almost time for your ultrasound! I know you're looking forward to seeing the baby on the big screen

flybear - 45 days ago
Halfway and only 5 days till my ultrasound!

liltyke7 - 47 days ago
Yeah got to see my lil boy today. Love ultrasounds!! Right now he is measuring 2weeks ahead of schedule. - 53 days ago
20 weeks today! It's such a blessing to make it this far!! The baby's movements are starting to get stronger and he's definitely becoming more active. Looking forward to my follow up ultrasound next week so I can see my big man on the screen again.

stephysbaby - 74 days ago
Hello week 20!!..It's a BOY!! and my family are SoOo excited...I have 2 daughters and now I will have a son!! family is now complete <3 Blessed...

sleepymom - 82 days ago
cwatty- congratulations!! I am the same- girl, boy, and now another boy! glad to hear your feeling good. I am feeling pretty good, some SI joint issues but pretty minor at this point. I have gained about 12-13 lbs so far, how about everyone else??

cwatty22 - 85 days ago
So happy to be 20 weeks today!!! I am feeling great and full of energy for now! I have a girl, boy , and now one more boy :)

kelz84 - 94 days ago
I had my 20 week scan yesterday, found out im having baby boy number 3! he was very active and uncooperative lol he was in a very difficult position and they couldnt check his heart and mouth properly so I have to go back today to see if hes in a better position and they can see what they need to. hope all you ladies and your babies are all doing ok x

lauramcneir - 101 days ago
I'm having my third boy in three years!

deutschbaby1 - 106 days ago
We're in week 20 ladies! What gender is your May baby??? I was so sure I was having a girl, but I found out that I'm having another boy! Don't get me wrong though, I love my son dearly and I'm sure that this next son will just as easily steal my heart.

KristinaA - 118 days ago
I am about 10 miles away from 500 miles this year. Mamaford -- agree w/ Kristi - don't worry. I have a friend who gained like 70 lbs on her 4th pregnancy, and was already overweight to begin with. She was back out there running with us at 6 or 8 weeks post-partum, and has been running all year. She has experienced an amazing transformation that my running group has witnessed all year. We call her the shrinking woman :)

KristiW - 122 days ago
I am a 'runner' too. I run 3+ miles at least 3 times a week. But the last month or so I have been doing the elliptical for 30 minutes instead. My last 2 pregnancies I had sciatica really bad so I am trying to avoid that. Mamaford If you were a runner before baby don't worry you will go back to it and lose all your baby weight fast! Your body is already conditioned for it. I started running when my baby was 3 weeks old. My doctor said if I felt good enough to run to go for it. It was wonderful to get back to it.

mamaford77 - 122 days ago
Aww, I'm so jealous! I was a runner, although a slow one lol. Average mile was 11 min. I lost 80 lbs over the past two years, with running as my main exercise. I'm in a high risk pregnancy, so I was advised to not run until after delivery. I'm so scared of gaining all the weight back and of not being able to get running again after baby is born! How many miles are you going for?

KristinaA - 122 days ago
I feel like I started the pregnancy waddle today. I still ran 3 miles tonight, but man, it's getting harder! I have about 10 more miles to go to make my mileage goal for the year. I can do this! But I may quit running until after pregnancy in the new year.

mamaford77 - 123 days ago
2nd trimester is my favorite too! By third, I will be miserable lol, so I'm trying to enjoy it while it lasts.

KristiW - 123 days ago
I am having a girl too! This is baby 3 and girl 3! My poor hubby was hoping for a boy but it's not in our plan!! I am officially half way today. This is my favorite part of pregnancy. I am not uncomfortable (YET) but I can feel her moving around and everyone knows I am pregnant not just bloated!! LOL!

mamaford77 - 124 days ago
Mine are girl, boy, girl, boy, boy, boy.

KristinaA - 125 days ago
I've been MIA for a while. We found out we're having a girl :) Everyone is very happy. We'll have 2 boys, 2 girls, in that order. Kinda perfect!

mamaford77 - 126 days ago
I have had pre-eclampsia with my last three kids (I have five) and they don't mess around with that at my high risk clinic. Honestly, I doubt I'll even get that far, but if I do, they'll induce as soon as I am considered full term.

KristiW - 128 days ago
I'm 19 weeks 3 days but noone talks in my group. everything ok? why are they inducing you at 37 weeks? I wish they would do that for me!! lol! My doctor will only do a week early!

mamaford77 - 128 days ago
We did it! Halfway there. I found out this week that they plan to induce me at 37 weeks too.

lexy-b - 143 days ago
roo27 they did more ultrasounds on my friends baby after he was born. Try not to worry, if the doctors aren't concered neither should you. They wouldn't down play anything serious. Plus it's nothing you can control either.

roo27 - 143 days ago
Thanks for the reassurance but what's confusing me is that I won't be having another u/s, so I'm unsure how they would know if it was going to be something to worry about :/

lexy-b - 143 days ago
You too supermom87 :)

lexy-b - 146 days ago
roo27 - My best friend had the same thing. They have done a couple ultrasounds on Hunter to keep an eye on things since he's been born but so far it hasn't become an issue. I'm not 100% sure but something was under developed but is most likely supposed to take care of itself as he grows or he'll need a minor surgery. I wish I knew more details but my friends doctor wasn't concerned either but they like to watch it.

sher-baby - 146 days ago
Supermom-drink or eat something really sugary, that will usually get baby moving. GL! Babylove- my BH seem to have also slowed down a bit but sometimes i think baby does a somersault or something and my whole uterus feels tight. so i don't know if that's baby doing a serious position change or a BH. Roo - i don't know anything about that..hopefully your OB can give you some more info in it..GL girl!

babylove5 - 147 days ago
My lil guy must be going through another growth spurt since I only have one symptom and that is being tired. I feel like everything I take in is going to him. My Braxton hicks have gone away for now, so that's a good thing.

babylove5 - 147 days ago
Roo as long as the fluid doesn't increase and everything else looks normal then it shouldn't be a concern. Supermom I'm sure she moved and you probably didn't notice. Pay attention today and if you still don't feel her then you may want to go to the dr. just to be safe.

sher-baby - 147 days ago
I'm excited that we're having a boy...but I really would of preferred to be surprised and I think i could of not asked the tech the sex if DH didn't want to know...but he did, so we found out!

Sunshinebaby8 - 147 days ago
20 weeks today!!! Half way there!!! WOOT! Feeling good these days, less tired THANK GOD!! Getting some projects done around the house and that makes me happy!! My next appointment is Tuesday, I think they will order the sonogram then. I'm excited to see the little kiddo.. but we wont' find out the sex :) Hope everyone is doing well :)

sher-baby - 147 days ago
Wow! Lot of boys for April 2015!! My family is super excited. There are almost 3times more girls in my family than boys! My brother being the youngest with 2 older sisters, a single mother home and 2 nieces....needless to say, he is thrilled!!!

roo27 - 148 days ago
Found out we're having our second boy :) very pleased! During the u/s the technician found fluid in his kidneys though, seemed like they were playing it down as if it was nothing bit it's niggling at me and I'm wondering if any of you know if this is bad? Thanks!

babylove5 - 148 days ago
Rjean they don't do those here unless there is a issue. They called in the main dr. And below the baby's head I could see the rest of the uterus with water. The Dr. Said he was trying to determine if my cervix was shortening at the top. I told him I just have a long uterus from having 5 babies but he said he wanted to see me again in a month to make sure the cervix is the same length. I had my 3rd at 35 weeks so they are being paranoid.

babylove5 - 148 days ago
Sher and sharper congrats on your boy!!! Sher I hope you're ready for a rowdy lil boy.. Lol. They are so sweet though!

sher-baby - 148 days ago
So we're back!! Baby looks perfect!! 12oz...Eeek!! That's a lil scary. So DH decided that he wanted to find out the the the verdict's a boy!!!! Whooo hooo!!!! His legs were spread sooo far apart, there's no denying it's a boy! And super super active!!! So all is good!

sher-baby - 149 days ago
Lol 'IF'

sharper53 - 149 days ago
sher-baby cant wait to hear your news....IF you find out. :-)

sher-baby - 149 days ago
Sharper- YAAY!! I hope ur boy baby dust rubs off on me!!

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