Congratulations, you are now officially half way through your pregnancy. Although the average length of gestation is 40 weeks, it is still considered within a normal range to deliver 2 weeks either side of this. At 20 weeks pregnant, you may find you are walking a little differently to accommodate that extra lump in your belly. This is because your centre of gravity is changing.
Changes in Body:
- A yellow fluid called colostrum may leak from your breasts now.
- The uterus is enlarging rapidly and your navel may be flattened or push out. It will stay that way until after birth.
- Heartburn may become a problem now because the uterus is starting to push on the stomach.
- Troubles breathing as the baby pushes against your lungs.
- Leg cramps and swelling continues.
- High energy and libido.
- Vernix a white greasy substance is starting to form over the fetus. This protects babies skin from the amniotic fluid, and wears off after birth.
- Baby is now 25.5cm long and now weighs 340 grams.
- Girls: Developing a supply of eggs.
- Boys: Testicles have begun their descent.
- Taste buds are working.