20 twentieth week of pregnancy

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Twentieth week of pregnancy

You are at twentieth week of gestation, in the middle of your path to the birth of your baby. Many things are happening: the little one moves a lot and does a lot of somersaults and by now you are able to feel it, put on some weight and cellulite may appear and the moment of morphology is approaching.





How the baby grows in the 20th week

I movements of the baby become more precise, his muscles are more and more powerful and he does many somersaults in the belly.
- sexual organs are developing and the time is approaching to find out what sex is. The baby sleeps between 16 and 20 hours a day, fetal growth up to now has been very rapid but begins to slow down. The development of the lungs and the immune system is coming to an end.
This is a very delicate moment for the development of the brain. She stimulates her senses: caress her belly, talk to him, establish a delicate contact.
By the 20th week, the spinal column is complete, as is the auditory system. The baby clearly perceives external stimuli and the touch is already similar to that of a one-year-old baby. It can be said that from this moment on the fetus is almost fully formed. Its weight in the 20th week is in fact of 240-250 grams, for a length of about 15 centimeters.



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Symptoms twentieth week

Weight gain can cause annoying back pain you may go into Swimmingpool a couple of times a week to relieve discomfort. The water lightens the weight and you can do exercises easily due to the weightlessness. You could also think about taking a prep course in the pool. In any case pain in the bones, joints and back they are normal: even the skeleton must adapt to the new situation; all joints and ligaments become less solid making it easier to have sudden sagging. The pelvis dilates slightly as does the rib cage, giving rise to painful but short intercostal twinges. Ditto for the back put to the test in recent months by the weight of the belly that makes us assume an unnatural position. For all these pains, it is better to endure with patience than to take painkillers inappropriately. For the back, keep it as straight as possible, do not sit on sofas that collapse, and if necessary, use a sheath that supports
 





How mom's body changes 

You are in the middle of pregnancy and your body keeps changing. The uterus widens more and more and takes up more space by compressing the lungs, so you may have some difficulty breathing.
Il blood volume it has increased by nearly a third and you may have some circulation disorders such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids and muscle cramps. You may also suffer from nosebleed: don't worry, they are infrequent and not dangerous. This week you will probably do the visit of the fifth month and the examination of the urine to check your blood sugar.

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Morphological ultrasound

The moment of the morphological ultrasound is approaching. Everything will depend on the position of the fetus during the examination. The sonographer will do a complete evaluation of the development and health of the fetus and with a little luck will be able to tell the sex of the baby.

Tests to be done during the twentieth week of pregnancy

Also you can do the Maternal Doppler flowmetry which is not mandatory, but is useful for verifying normal blood supply from the uterine artery to the placenta. It is performed by ultrasound and can be performed in the period between the 17th and 23rd week.

Weeks of pregnancy

If you want to know more about the other 40 weeks of pregnancy, We have created a nine-month calendar with advice on health, nutrition and tests to be done during the 40 weeks. You will also be able to find out about the changes in the mother's body, how the baby bump grows and how the fetus develops.

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