20 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

20 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

Feeling like you’ve made it to the top of Mount Everest? You kind of have! Being 20 weeks pregnant is like the best hump day ever! You’re at the top of the hump and there’s nowhere but down the mountain to go.. down, down, down, towards D-Day… Delivery day, that is! You’re halfway-done-cookin’ baby is the size of endive, so you most likely don’t know what that means, so think of it this way… Baby is the size of a paper airplane and will soon be big enough to fold one, themselves!

20 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

Halfway there! Congratulations! Week 20 is the time to look back on your overall health in pregnancy and looking forward to what improvements can be made to either stay healthy or get on track for a healthy pregnancy. Weight gain at this point should be assessed. Ideal weight gain in pregnancy is between 15 to 25 pounds but this may vary depending on your prepregnancy weight as well as your medical history and if you suffered from nausea/vomiting in your first trimester. Be empowered to add an exercise plan at this point, as fatigue should be resolving. Check out Chandler’s blog on exercise in pregnancy!

20 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

I am feeling like a princess queen on her high horse of pregnancy goodness and I could not be happier that I am HALF! WAY! THERE! I’m seriously still riding that high from my 20 week appointment [which I technically did last week at 19.5 weeks, but who’s counting…] and I couldn’t be happier!

For me, this appointment was absolute perfection! Baby girl was extremely active during the sonogram [maybe it was the ice cream I ate right before my appointment] and it was so fun to watch her move around in there. As always, her precious heartbeat made my heart melt and seeing her little features up there on that screen only further solidified that this is real. It’s happening. And that little baby I’ve been imagining is really there! EEEEKKKK!!!

My doctor did have one, tiny concern. At 20 weeks in my last pregnancy, I had gained 14 lbs [out of the 25 I would gain overall]. This time, I’ve only gained 9 lbs. She wants me closer to 14. I know I’ve had a signifiant decrease in appetite, but I feel like I’ve been stuffing my face more than I could possibly imagine… and with foods I never really eat! Chips and cake and ice cream and cheese and queso… Yes, I know that cheese and queso are the same thing, but I have eaten all forms of cheese… every single one. I’M TRYING, OKAY?!

My point is… we’re halfway through the pregnancy at this point, so you should have gained about half of the amount of total weight you’ll gain at this point. So long as you’re eating and you’re eating mostly healthy, you should be fine. I’ve got about 5 lbs to catch up on, so I’ll be in the gluten free cake aisle if you need me.

Fast forward three days and the stomach flu hits our house… so much for weight gain.

P.S. The stomach flu REALLY STINKS when you’re pregnant.

Bump photos by Kristen Dee Photography

What are you feeling?

Longer Recovery Post-Sickness

I was lucky enough in my last pregnancy to never have come down with any illness [other than bad allergies or the pregnancy-associated morning sickness] except for one week of a bad UTI [which we preggies are extra-susceptible to]. So this is a new pregnancy realization for me. The stomach bug made its way through our family and man oh man did it keep me down longer than I thought. While my… comrades over here were sick as dogs for 24 hours, it took me a full 72 hours until I was feeling like myself again. Just goes to show how much rest and recovery our bodies really need during pregnancy – growing a human ain’t no little thang! The biggest thing to worry about if an illness hits you during pregnancy is hydration, so if you’re sick like I was, let your doctor know so he/she can be up-to-date on how you’re feeling and advise you to come in for fluids if you need them.

Itching Belly

This is one symptom that I feel was worse during my last pregnancy! What a win! As your belly grows, you may find it itching like crazy! Last pregnancy, I felt like I was just scratching away all day long! This time, I had an itchy belly for about a day and that’s all!  Cocoa butter is a great way to moisturize your skin as it grows. Many women even swear it prevents stretch marks from happening!

Pregnancy Milestone – Setting up your baby registry

Let’s talk baby gear. It’s overwhelming. Seriously. So, I’ve broken down the basics for you and created an awesome baby registry guide just for you. When you’re becoming a mommy for the first time, there’s just no way to know what all you’re really going to need… even then, for each option, there are a million different brands, styles and crazy items to choose from. Here’s the deal… you’re not going to know it all before baby gets here – no matter how much reading and prep-work you do. Chances are that you will probably end up owning something that you never use and you’ll go back out over and over to buy more of what you DO use because it’s sent from heaven.

So, I’ve created the ultimate baby registry guide with a printable checklist that you can take with you to the baby store to make sure you sign up for everything you need. Plus, I’ve gone down the list and made my own personal recommendations based on what worked and what didn’t work for our family! *Something good to keep in mind is that while I’m on baby number 2, there is a very good chance that the items that our son loved won’t be as well-received by my daughter. Babies are people with their own personalities, so don’t stress out too much about what you choose for your family before your bundle arrives!

How to Survive this week:

Breathe, relax, celebrate. You’re halfway there! You’re really doing this pregnancy thing, momma, and you’re doing it well! Now it’s time to get excited about the real life baby that you’ll get to love on at the end of this. Check out the registry checklist and start researching the best options for your budget and family! This is the fun part!

2nd Trimester Resources

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 2nd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Home Tour – Baby B’s Nursery
Home Tour – Baby A’s Nursery

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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