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.
Comments on week 20
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Rileysmom21 - 9 days ago
Had 20 week appt today, gained 6 lbs so far(3 were this month😁yikes!) but heard lil heartbeat again, such a sweet sound!
Rileysmom21 - 12 days ago
Well misery loves company lol glad I'm not the only one, thought this was too early! Feels like I've been punched in it, a lot lol and what can u do about it, it's not really ever appropriate to massage it or anything hahhahaha
Been feeling some good baby movements lately, my oldest was even able to feel from the outside, so exciting, starting to actually feel real😀
Mum to G - 12 days ago
Jennish it seems me and you are the only left without knowing the gender but i trust we get to know it soon.
Mum to G - 12 days ago
I am at week 20 and it feels good to be half way done. Sex not yet known. I have a boy so praying for a girl but what matters most is a healthy baby. Went for my scan on last week Friday and the baby decided to have the cord in between the legs so we ended up giving up. Hopefully to know next time. I have a Doctor appointment tomorrow let me hear if my edd still remains 15th as per their review. I so far have three dates 15th and 10th by different doctors and 11th as per this page.
Jennish - 13 days ago
Yes! My pubic bone pain is SOOOOO terrible, particularly in the car, it's agony.
Rileysmom21 - 13 days ago
Anyone else having pubic bone pain? I remember this much later in my previous pregnancies!?
Jennish - 16 days ago
We had our 20 week scan today! Didn't find out the gender. Woohoo Team Green! :)
please be healthy - 31 days ago
Things are great! We told everyone what we're having. Is anyone trying to keep it a secret?
MOMIIB - 31 days ago
Whoo hoo, officially half way done!!!! Expecting our 3rd boy and we couldn't be happier!!! Hoping to get a 3d son in the next couple of weeks since we never get any good pics st the dr. Hope all is well with everyone :-)
tsubasa - 32 days ago
Hey, congratulations! My daughters were hoping for a brother too. At least the older one was. I'm sure she will come around.
please be healthy - 32 days ago
We're having a boy! So we will have a girl and boy! Exciting! My daughter was hoping for a sister but she will get over it!
tsubasa - 33 days ago
pleasebehealthy Wednesday is coming soon!!
rayansmama - 33 days ago
Mommy2nl... I understand ur frustration completely! I will have three boys but at least u have one girl so really try not to feel too bad. I'm sure u will love ur baby boy just as much as u love ur little girl
mommy2anl - 33 days ago
I'm struggling emotionally...it's freaking boy #3 for me. I don't want this. My husband and his family are such assholes...they all think I should be giddy about playing incubator to another one of their giant headed boys because ' Chris needs his name carried on. Chris needs boys. You have one girl, now you can just spoil her, so get over it and be happy.' I've never felt more like my feeling were irrelevant in my life. I took my daughter with today, hoping things were different and it might be a girl...now she's a moody, heartbroken mess too. Does my husband care...nope...he thinks she will get over it and be fine. Been walking around here gloating since we got home. I'm so done with this...
please be healthy - 33 days ago
Congratulations everyone! I'm so happy your babies are healthy in ultrasounds. I find out Wednesday the results from my ultrasound. Can't wait!
rayansmama - 34 days ago
Congrats tsabasu... And it's a third boy for me! I was a bit sad last week but I'm over it now. As long as the baby is healthy! But it still kills me when I walk through the girls aisle for cloths or things :( I guess tht will go away soon too
tsubasa - 34 days ago
And it's still a third girl for me! Baby 'Chung Wan' is healthy and well. :)
tsubasa - 34 days ago
Hi Everybody! I haven't been on here in awhile- busy with the holidays. I'm heading out to my anatomy scan in half an hour and I'm so excited and nervous! Hoping to confirm it is actually my third girl or if the doctor really did miss seeing something that was there! haha He wouldn't give me a sure answer just a guess last time at 15 weeks. This time is just with a tech so I hope they will still tell me!
Naomi88 - 36 days ago
Officially 20 weeks! I am so excited to meet our little boy. We had our anatomy ultrasound a few days ago and it went great. I was so worried, because our last son was born at 22 weeks with potter's syndrome (without kidneys). We were so relieved to find out that our baby has all of it's organs, no cleft pallet etc. Hope all is well with you ladies.
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