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.
1morefor4 - 20.1 hours ago
Nice names Tara and RowdyRandi... It's my last day in week 20 and for some reason this week seemed to drag by. I have a midwife appointment Wednesday and 13 days to finish planning and preparing my gender reveal party so I'm a bit stressed and tired.
RowdyRandi - 1 days ago
Thanks everyone! We were actually hoping for another girl but i guess now we'll have one of each and TaraR I also like the name Andrew. My husband picked to name ours Andrew Lee after Andrew Jackson and Robert E Lee. He's a big history buff.
TaraR - 3 days ago
Thanks kekea! Andrew is after my brother...he's my best friend. :) I wasn't too sure on Oliver but I have fell in love with that name! :)
TaraR - 3 days ago
Hello 20 weeks!!!!!!! I'm so excited to be here!! Halfway done!! This little boy is an active little booger!! I'm so in love with him!! We have decided on Oliver Andrew as his name!! :)
1morefor4 - 5 days ago
Rissalynn--That's a beautiful name
rissalynn0416 - 6 days ago
I 💘 Ariel. Thats one of my girl names too. I think weve settled on Tatihana for this one if it is a girl tho.
1morefor4 - 7 days ago
Those are great names RowdyRandi
RowdyRandi - 7 days ago
Woohoo ultrasound is this wednesday! My hubby has already picked names for either way. If its a boy Andrew Lee and girl Ariel Denise
1morefor4 - 7 days ago
Halfway! I always have a few goals in mind during pregnancy as far as weeks I try to get to. First is to make it out of the first trimester. Then it's 20 weeks to get to the halfway point. Next it's too reach the age of viability (I think it's still considered 24 or 25 weeks). And then I just need to get to 37 weeks then I'm going to be trying to get this baby out of here lol.
rissalynn0416 - 10 days ago
Beckym I have had the same problem around 12 weeks. Its because of the increase blood flow to the mucus membranes and regular allergies. Its a double whammy and it sucks. I havent had a lot of blood no actual nose bleeds. Have you had any throat irritation with yours as well? I feel like its in my chest too. I am high risk so the only thing im able to use is the saline spray however they have one specific for sinus and allergies. Its been a lifesaver and its totally safe. Try that and see how it works for you. Its only like $7-9 and worth every penny. Let me know how it goes... I havent had any problems since I got the spray.
kekea - 16 days ago
Half way there! These 20 weeks have been the longest. I guess because I found out so soon. at any rate I am excited to have reached this point. I hope everyone is feeling well.
kekea - 16 days ago
Mami2beof3 congrats on your baby boy!
mami2beof3 - 18 days ago
Proud to announce I'm team blue! I've always wanted to have a house full of boys and this is my 2nd son of 3 children, my daughter being the oldest! How are you all feeling? I'm not too bad just suffering from swollen and tender breast and this growing baby on my bladder! I hope you all are well!
jamie86 - 27 days ago
Holz I love the name. I tried Lucas and hubby said no lol. Becky- I'm congested too. I am making myself rest today. Woke up with cramps so either I've over done it or he's growing.
beckym - 27 days ago
Is anyone else super congested, I love the pregnancy right now, lots of movement, still subtle enough that no one else can feel from the outside of my belly, but I sure can! I missed being pregnant for this stage. My husband was telling me also how he enjoys the pregnancy process with me and that he missed it too, he thinks the prego belly is cute. As far as this congestion thing, my nose is stuffy/runny a lot, I sneeze a lot, and the last few days I have had a few nose bleeds, my throat is scratchy and irritated, I don't normally get allergies, but maybe the pregnancy mixed in with the season might have a part to play in this.
beckym - 27 days ago
Jamie, lol for the name switcharoo. Holt, that is a nice name combo, my son's close friend is a lucas.
holz8519 - 27 days ago
I'm pretty sure we are going with Lucas Elliott for our son. That could always change though lol.
jamie86 - 29 days ago
Becky- we have names picked by 20 weeks usually. My first daughters name as picked years before I met my husband lol. He had no choice in the matter but I did offer to change the middle name if he wanted. He was fine with the name that I had picked. Our youngest daughter we ended up changing the name a week before I had her! A lot didn't even know we changed it until after she was born lol.
beckym - 29 days ago
Free2bmom, I hope baby waits, I'm glad you both are ok. Jamie, it is great you both already agree on a name, we normally don't have the name filly sorted 100 percent until a day to 3 days after the baby is born! We always have general ideas, confirmed parts, or something like that. Anthony was confirmed first name, but I thought we were going with Giovanni as his middle, but that changed the day after he was born to Jerry so he was named after both grandfather's. Felicity took us 3 days and was almost an Elizabeth, I am so happy my husband came around with my first choice though, I had that name planned since I was little. Michelle was promised out to my mom, Johnny picked Amelia as her middle name.
jamie86 - 31 days ago
Free- so sorry to hear of the issues. As for turning the baby you really can't right now. They flip back and forth on their own. My 2nd was actually engaged at 26 weeks and I didn't go into labor with her. Was induced after my due date.
Free2Bmom - 32 days ago
So I developed a clot at 15 weeks and have been slowly bleeding it out ever since. I was sent for an ultrasound yesterday and turns out my baby girl has ingested some blood. Apparently that's not going to hurt her. Due to this clot and having low Papp--a levels, doctors are telling me I'm looking at preterm delivery. On one hand, having a baby that's not 9lbs like my son was, will be nice, on the other hand I'm praying to make it to at least 36 weeks. Ugh. And to make it a touch worse, baby girl is upside down already in the birthing position with her head rammed into my cervix so they're worried about the strain and pressure it puts on my cervix and the chance it'll be helping me dilate too soon. Anyone know how to turn a baby? Also, I have big breasts and my boobs have bagged up and are sooooo hot! Not in the sexy way either! I have heat rash between them. I feel like an old milk cow already haha. Jaime and Becky, I love the name choices!
jamie86 - 32 days ago
Becky we both really like it. It's kind of popular but thankfully not so much in our area. I like Wesley Joseph too.
beckym - 32 days ago
Very nice Jamie, I babysat an Oliver last year!
jamie86 - 33 days ago
Becky we are naming this little guy Oliver.
beckym - 33 days ago
I am so happy to be pregnant again! There is no feeling like the maricle of growing a life inside of you. I have been thinking about names, girl is easy, the boy name is more tricky. Girl might be Serenity Aurora, boy might be Joseph Martin or Wesley something...
mrscephas - 35 days ago
The scan went really well. We're team blue! I'll need to do a glucose tolerance test in 2 weeks time.
redhead-mama - 37 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 - 42 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 - 49 days ago
Erica, congrats on the baby boy.
claraxx - 51 days ago
20 weeks today! Happy to be at the half way mark. Hoping time keeps flying by 😀
maimai88 - 54 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!!
xEricaLynn - 56 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 - 65 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 - 73 days ago
We find out monday! Boy boy boy girl so far.
firstname.lastname@example.org - 77 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 - 81 days ago
Halfway and only 5 days till my ultrasound!
liltyke7 - 83 days ago
Yeah got to see my lil boy today. Love ultrasounds!! Right now he is measuring 2weeks ahead of schedule.
email@example.com - 89 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 - 110 days ago
Hello week 20!!..It's a BOY!!..me and my family are SoOo excited...I have 2 daughters and now I will have a son!!..my family is now complete <3 Blessed...
sleepymom - 118 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??
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