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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 20

 
 
 
 
 
How big is your baby?
Your baby's crown to rump measurement is now at 6.46 inches (16.4 cm) and your baby is now weighing approximately 10.58 ounces (300g).
 
 
How big are you?
Your uterus should now be about in line with your bellybutton this week.
 
Your uterus will be measured on a regular basis by your healthcare provider in order to keep track of your baby's development and growth. He may either use your bellybutton or the pubic symphysis as a point of reference.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
How is your baby developing and growing
The skin which is covering your baby's body now begins growing from two layers, the epidermis (surface layer) and the dermis (a deeper layer).
 
The vernix, which is a slimy sort of film which covers the baby's entire body to protect it's skin from the amniotic fluid, is still being produced. There is a good chance that you will see this white slimy substance when your baby is born.

Your baby's movements should now be becoming stronger and stronger, as ossification continues and soft cartilage is turned into bone. As your babys arms and legs become harder and stronger the strength of your babys kicks will be more noticeable, but still not a solid contact.
 
 
Pregnancy and Sex
Pregnancy is an important time of growing closer to your partner. As your pregnancy progresses and your stomach gets larger, sexual relations may become more and more difficult, however, with some imagination sex can still be possible.
 
There are positions which allow for intercourse without your partner lying on top of you, or without you lying on your back.
 
 
Your body
If you haven’t already had one, your health care provider may recommend that you receive an ultrasound, a diagnostic test that uses sound waves to create an image.
 
An ultrasound can determine the size and position of the fetus, and any structural abnormalities of bones and organs that are visible by this time. Depending on the position of the fetus, the sex can usually be determined by now.
 
During an ultrasound, the umbilical cord, placenta, and amniotic fluid can also be examined. Talk to your health care provider about the risks and advantages of this test.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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