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20th Week Pregnancy – Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes

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Congratulations! Finally you are halfway through your pregnancy. You are 20 weeks pregnant now. Isn’t it exciting?

You are now bravely dealing with your growing bump, aches in your abdomen and back, leg cramps, uneasiness and soon you be holding your beautiful baby in your arms. Time is moving fast and you will see rapid developments happening. Your dream is soon to turn into a beautiful reality.

Your body continues to change, throwing a surprise at you every now and then. Your mom and other well wishers will now be constantly behind your back to know how you are taking care of yourself. This is a natural response from women who have been there and have cared for you. Some may give you good advice and some may mislead you with misinformation unintentionally. Listen to everyone, say yes to the advice but do not believe anything until you have proof or approval from your doctor.

One of the greatest myths about pregnancy is that a pregnant woman should eat for two. Unfortun

ately, this is one of the major causes of obesity following childbirth. All you need is a daily intake of 300 healthy calories extra than you did before pregnancy. Eating right quantity diet, rich with nutrition required for your baby is important. Gorging down on unnecessary calories will only make you end up put on excessive weight during 20th week of pregnancy.

[ Read: 5th Month Of Pregnancy Diet ]

Changes In Your Body:

Let’s see the changes in your body in 20th week of pregnancy:

1. Weight Gain:

Your once visible waistline is fast disappearing and maybe it is time for you to start wearing maternity clothing to feel comfortable. Do not wear anything that holds you tight around your waist.

Your bump and your body are growing, and so is your excitement to be a mom. Confusions must be creeping into your mind as to what is the ideal weight gain for you. You may have already gained about 10 pounds of weight (which differs according to individual body frame and height). You tend to gain a pound every week from here on. At the end of 40th week the total weight gain from your pregnancy could be about 25-35 pounds.

The right weight gain during your pregnancy will highly depend on your build. If you are of average weight and height, the weight gain of 30 pounds with 5 pounds more or less should be considered a healthy weight gain. If you were underweight before pregnancy, you need to gain more and vice versa. Have a session with your health care provider to know your own ideal weight gain during pregnancy, since every woman and her body is unique.

2. Itching On Belly:

Your belly cannot expand without skin stretching. Your belly skin will now feel itchy as it stretches and you will see the first stretch marks. The more your bump grows, the itchier your belly gets and you cannot get rid of it by scratching. Use moisturizers and creams that would fight the dryness of your skin to fight the itchy belly.

3. Stretch Marks:

Stretch marks are the part and parcel of a normal pregnancy, so there is no point dreading or hating them. While at first they may look purple to pink in color, but eventually they take the hue of silver or white and remain that way forever if you don’t do something to get rid of them. It is not just your lower abdomen that will show off the stretch marks; they may also appear on your breasts and your thighs.

Though you will be bombarded with a million ways to deal with stretch marks, nothing can prevent or get rid of them completely. Moisturizing the area and keeping the skin hydrated will help minimize them to an extent. Many women believe that stretch marks come with the weight gain during pregnancy which is not true. They appear due to stretching of the normal skin that is not supposed to stretch at an alarming rate.

[ Read: Pregnancy Stretch Marks ]

Your genes will decide how much of stretch marks you will get, since there is a genetic predisposition or component to whether or not you get them, or how much of stretch marks you will get. There are chances that you may not get many stretch marks during your first pregnancy, or you may see a lot of them based on the genetics.

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