Week 20

You're half way there now. Your bump will be super cute and you're now probably in full swing planning baby names, nursery ideas, layette lists and thinking about labour and birth.

This is also a good time to talk to your partner about life as parents, what vision you have for your role as a parent, as a family and how you will both cope and react to each other in the first few weeks when baby arrives. Sleep deprivation can really affect moods and your precious little newborn will have no concept of time, when it is appropriate to go to sleep and to be awake, or when breakfast lunch or dinner is. They run on their own clock and will let you know when they are ready - sometimes at ungodly hours.  We have some great tips on sleep and sleep training written by experts. But it's always good to talk about it with your partner so you're both aware that there needs to be some 'slack' given to each other when you've only had a few hours sleep each night for a week. This is important in keeping your relationship strong as well which is important for your little one too.

37Weekly _20You're halfway there! Twenty weeks into your pregnancy, your baby has grown significantly from that first dividing cell. The fetus now weighs about 260 grams and measures 14 to 16 centimeters from crown to rump. However, we can also measure your baby’s full length from head to foot. Your baby is about 25.4cm long, similar in length to a king-sized block of chocolate! (Although quite a different shape, of course.) The baby's growth is taking up increasing room in the uterus, and continued growth will put pressure on the mother's lungs, stomach, bladder, and kidneys.

Under the vernix caseosa (a protective, waxy coating), your baby's skin is thickening and developing layers, including the dermis, epidermis, and subcutaneous layer. Hair and nail growth continues this week.

Your baby's senses (taste, smell, sight, hearing and touch) are becoming more sensitive.
If you are having a female she will already have a total of 6 million eggs in her ovaries which she will release for the rest of her fertile life.
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