Pregnancy at 20 Weeks
Yes! You are halfway through your pregnancy this week…and…
- You have gained about 10 pounds.
- You can feel the top of your uterus at the level of your belly button.
- Be careful to get enough nourishment which includes foods with iron.
- Iron helps your body keep up with your increased blood volume.
- Foods with iron…red meat, dark meat poultry, legumes, soy based foods, spinach, prune juice, raisins and iron fortified cereals.
- Time to start looking for childbirth classes-ask your friends or take recommendations from your practitioner.
What about your baby…he is growing, growing and …
- He is approximately the size of a banana.
- He is 10 1/2 ounces in weight.
- He is 6 1/2 from head to butt or 10 inches head to toe.
- He is swallowing and also producing meconium ( a black, gooey product of digestion).
- Meconium will be his first stool, some babies pass meconium in utero or during delivery.
“I found it so much easier to sleep on my side when I hugged a pillow and wrapped my legs around it. In fact, two years after the birth of my child, it’s still my favorite way to fall asleep.”
“Oh But For a Good Night’s Sleep”
You might start snoring for the first time which is due to more estrogen and the swelling of the mucous membranes in your nose.
- Remedy suggestion for snoring: Sleep on your side and elevate your head slightly.
Heartburn and indigestion may become an annoyance and make it uncomfortable to lie down.
- Remedy: Avoid foods that bother you, eat two to three hours before going to bed and sleep slightly elevated with some extra pillows.
Leg cramps can literally be a pain which comes out of no where when you are sleeping.
- Remedy suggestion: get out of bed and stand up or walk around a bit.
Just plain uncomfortable in bed these days…no comfortable position?
- Remedy suggestion: Use some extra pillows between your legs or supporting your belly while sleeping on your side…you might even try a maternity contour pillow.
Feeling hot and sweaty during the night is not uncommon due to a shift in your metabolism, hormones and weight. Waking up soaking wet is one of my most vivid memories of pregnancy. My husband slept with a blanket and I slept with a fan blowing on me.
- Remedy for hot and sweaty nights: Your bedroom should be cool and wearing sleepwear that is natural and made with breathable fiber, cotton is great but synthetics are not.
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Pregnancy is a very special time that I am happy to be sharing with my younger daughter. She will be writing a post here next week…