Week 20 of Pregnancy: Your baby is now as big as a banana, approx. 25cm from head to toe and approx. 315g. Baby takes up more space in the womb and grows continuously, squeezing into organs like your lungs, stomach, bladder and kidneys.
Under the protective wax layer, baby’s skin grows, slowly thickens and hair and nails continue to grow.
Changes in your body and life – Week 20 of Pregnancy
You’ve probably increased about 4.5 kilograms by this time, and from now on you should add about 1 pound (0.454 kilograms) per week. If you start a pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a little more weight; if you are overweight, then you should loose some weight. In addition, sufficient iron is also significant, a mineral that is mainly used in the manufacture of hemoglobin (red blood cells carry oxygen). In addition, during pregnancy, your body needs more iron to keep up with the growing blood volume, as well as your growing babies and placenta.
What should I be aware of? – Week 20 of Pregnancy
You can consider cord blood banks. Cord Blood Bank is a service that removes cord blood from your baby’s umbilical cord immediately after birth and stores it for future stem cell transplantation. There are two main ways to store cord blood:
A public cord blood bank collects and stores cord blood for use by any patient in need of treatment.
Families and individuals who are willing to pay will have dedicated services to supervise the collection and storage of cord blood and to preserve this blood for the future use of the family only.
Periodic maternity inspection
A second ultrasound test in the second trimester helps you understand how your child is healthy. If you have concerns about ultrasound, discuss with your doctor for advice and clarify your concerns.
What checks should I do? – Week 20 of Pregnancy
If you want, you can take an Amniocentesis test at this time, which is performed for a specific reason and not a routine test, which tells you that the baby If you have genetic anomalies, such as Down syndrome, it is important to discuss with your doctor the benefits, risks and limitations of the test.
The doctor also performs an ultrasound examination to determine the size and position of the baby, and to see if there are any structural abnormalities in the bones and organs. Depending on the location of the child, you can know whether or not you can have sex. Ultrasound can also examine the umbilical cord, placenta and amniotic water, and you should discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of this test.
Health information during pregnancy
Organic or non-organic food?
The biggest difference between organic and non-organic products is that organic products are more beneficial to your health in the long run. The difference in nutrient content is not important. There may be pesticide residues in non-organic foods, but can also be reduced by washing, peeling or cooking properly.
However, the most important thing is to eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. If your budget is limited, you don’t have to be on non-organic food.
Do not stand and walk for the whole day
Do not stand all day if you’re pregnant. As long as you can walk around, standing is not a big problem. Standing for a long period of time reduces blood pressure and circulation and can get worse during pregnancy. If your blood pressure drops, you may feel nauseated or even faint. You can walk around a short distance to prevent this danger.