Your baby's head, arms, legs, and body are now fully formed. Soft fine body hairs (lanugo) cover the body as well as a cheese-like coating (vernix), which protects the delicate skin. Scalp hair and eyebrows appear. Fetal movement increases.
By 20 weeks, your baby's head, arms, legs, and body are fully formed. Scalp hair, eyebrows, and toenails appear. Soft, fine body hairs called lanugo and a protective, "cheese like" substance calleded vernix caseosa protects the baby`s delicate skin. The baby now weighs about 1 pound and is about 7 ½ inches in length.
Your baby's movement will become increasingly noticeable to you. You may experience muscle cramps in your legs due to changing posture and/or inadequate nutrient intake. Due to circulatory and hormonal changes, your gums may become swollen and bleed more easily. At 20 weeks you`ve reached the halfway point of your pregnancy.
When experienced and expectant mothers talk of pregnancy, they often remark about how quickly -- and how slowly! -- these nine, special months pass. This may seem especially true now, for as you approach your 20th week of pregnancy, a time when body changes are more evident than ever, the midpoint of your pregnancy is nearing. Celebrating this special milestone can put any discomfort into a more positive perspective!
If you have not felt the small "fluttery" feeling of your baby's movement prior to this time, you most likely will between the 18th and 20th week of pregnancy. This is called "quickening". The time at which a pregnant woman first feels this sign of new life varies according to her body size and whether or not she's been pregnant before (second and third time moms often feel it sooner). You may also find that your baby is more active at certain times of the day, and that activity may be highest at night or when you`re resting.
This movement is important in another way, too, for it helps you begin to identify your baby as a separate person. With this realization come new concerns for your baby's well-being.
Other physical and emotional changes include the following:
Some discomforts during pregnancy is normal. However, with proper precautions, you can minimize them. These discomforts are directly related to physical changes taking place in your body. They include: