Week by Week

What pregnant women need to know in week 20 of pregnancy?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

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Baby Development

How my baby growing?

Your baby now has the size of a banana, about 25 cm long from head to toes and weighs about 315 g. Your baby is taking up more space in your womb and the continue to growth will put pressure on the your lungs, stomach, bladder and kidneys.

Under the protective wax layer, the baby’s skin will thicken and develop skin. Your baby’s hair and nails continue to grow.

Body & Life Changes

How is my body changing?

You may have gained around 4.5kg. You should expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on. If you started your pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a bit more and if you were overweight, a bit less. Besides, you have to make sure you’re getting enough iron, a mineral that’s used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen). In addition, During pregnancy, your body needs more iron to keep up with your expanding blood volume, as well as for your growing baby and the placenta.

What should I be concerned about?

You should consider the banking cord blood. Banking cord blood is a procedure in which the umbilical cord blood taken from the baby’s umbilical cord immediately after birth and stored for possible future use in stem cell transplant. There are two main ways to store cord blood:

  • Public: Public banks will collect and store cord blood for use in any patients who need treatment.
  • Private: The family and those who are willing and able to pay for services for the center will supervise the collection and storage of umbilical cord blood and this blood saved for use only by that family.

Doctor Visits

What should I tell my doctor?

Second ultrasound examination in the second trimester of pregnancy is a good the best way for you to see how your little one is developing healthily. If you are concerned about this ultrasound, discuss with your doctor for advice and clarify of the issues that you are concerned.

What tests should I know about?

At this time, you will be given amniocentesis test if you agreed to it. Amniocentesis test is performed for a specific reason; but not a periodic test. This test will show you if the baby has a genetic abnormality, such as Down syndrome or not. It is important that you discuss the benefits, risks and limitations of these tests with your doctor.

Your doctor will also perform ultrasound test that uses sound waves to create images. An ultrasound can determine the size and position of your baby, any structural abnormalities of bones and organs can be seen by this time. Depending on the position of your little one, you may know that you could have sex or not. With ultrasound, umbilical cord, placenta and amniotic fluid can also be checked. You should talk to your doctor about the risks and advantages of this test.

Health & Safety

What should I know about staying healthy and safe during pregnancy?

Foods organic or inorganic food?

The biggest difference between the organic and the inorganic products is that organic products are better for your health in the long term. Differences in nutritional content of them are not really significant. There may be a pesticide residue in inorganic food, but they can be minimized by washing, peeling or processed by cooking food.

However, the most important thing is to eat 5 – 9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. If you have a tight budget, you do not need to limit your food by eating only organic foods.

Standing for long periods

Do not stand all day when you’re pregnant. As long as you walk around, standing is not a big problem. Standing still for long periods tend to lower blood pressure, and during pregnancy, the problem may become worse. If your blood pressure drops, you may be delirious and even fainted. You can counteract these risks by walking short distance around the area.

Offering maternity belt can also help support the abdomen and weight distribution at the end of three months during the second and third trimester of pregnancy.

So next week the fetus will grow like what?

Hello Health Group does not provide any advice, diagnosis or medical treatment.

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