Your pregnancy: 20 weeks:
How your baby's growing:
Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now.
SHe's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for
How your life's changing:
Congratulations! You've hit the halfway mark in your pregnancy. The top of your uterus is about level with your belly button, and you've likely gained around 10 pounds. Expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on. (If you started your pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a bit more; if you were overweight, perhaps a bit less.) Make sure you're getting enough iron, a mineral that's used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen). During pregnancy, your body needs more iron to keep up with your expanding blood volume, as well as for your growing baby and the placenta. Red meat is one of the best sources of iron for pregnant women. Poultry (especially the dark meat) and shellfish also contain iron. Some common non-meat sources of iron include legumes, soy-based products, spinach, prune juice, raisins, and iron-fortified cereals.
If you haven't already signed up for a childbirth education class, you may want to look into one, especially if you're a first-timer. A structured class will help prepare you and your partner for the rigors of labor and delivery. Most hospitals and birth centers offer classes, either as weekly meetings or as a single intensive, one-day session. Many communities have independent instructors as well. Ask your friends, family members, or caregiver for recommendations.
See... the HALFWAY point! I am so excited!
I have already taken the liberty of siging Craig and I up for a childbirth ed class! We will be attending that class and probably a CPR class in August!
With the time flying by the way it is, I can't believe my baby shower is only 8 weeks away! Wow! I can't wait to see all of my friends and family and celebrate my daughters arrival. OMG it sounds so weird to say "my daughter". So many things to look forward to in the future!