Your baby's head is now about 1/3 of its total body length. The facial features are being defined. The body is growing quickly and the fingernails are developing. The baby's sex can usually be identified by this time period.
Although it had long been considered the stuff of old wives tales and legend, using ginger as a remedy to treat morning sickness is rapidly earning a new respect. New studies have confirmed this natural remedy is an extremely effective treatment for the nausea and vomiting that affects up to 90% of all pregnant women.
Have you experienced sharp abdominal pains when in the process of sitting down, standing up, bending over, or rolling over in bed? This is commonly known as Round Ligament Pain. The severity of pain can worry you. Although round ligament pain can be very uncomfortable, it also is very normal. This pain is not harmful to the baby in any way.
If you could see the baby floating in that warm, watery world, you might see a tiny thumb, complete with thumbnail, tucked inside a so-small mouth.
During the last few months of pregnancy, earlier discomforts may become more noticeable or new ones may occur. This information may help you to be more comfortable, and sometimes safer, during this final phase of your pregnancy.
Varicose veins are a common occurrence of pregnancy, usually more noticeable in the third trimester, and they tend to become more pronounced with each pregnancy. You are more likely to develop varicose veins if other members of your family had them during their pregnancies.
In addition to the tests and measurements you've come to anticipate at your regular prenatal visits, at 21 - 24 weeks you may well have some additional tests. Read more!
Something going on in your pregnancy worrying you? Is it normal? Should you call your provider? Here is a list of warning signs that shouldn't be ignored.
Your baby's skin is pink to reddish in color and wrinkled. Although the baby is thin, his/her movements are becoming stronger. The baby's eyes are closed, however he is capable of crying. The brain is undergoing rapid growth.
Your baby's head, arms, legs, and body are now fully formed. At 20 weeks, he weighs about 1 pound and is about 7½ inches in length. His movement will become increasingly noticeable to you.
Childbirth preparation classes are designed to prepare you for labor and delivery and help you take a more active role in the birth process.