Pregnancy Week 20
Mom's Changing Body
This week is a cause for celebration—you've reached the halfway point of your pregnancy! If you turn to the side these days, others will really notice a change in your profile—you definitely look pregnant now. If you haven't felt round ligament pains yet, you may soon. These sharp pains in your hip, abdomen or groin are normal. As your uterus grows, the round ligaments, which are attached to your pelvic sidewall and each side of your upper uterus, are pulled and stretched.
Wacky, scary, vivid, and unsettling dreams are all totally normal during pregnancy. These dreams may be spurred by anxieties you have about motherhood or labor, along with insomnia, or trouble falling asleep. You can let your imagination run wild with these nightmares... or you can take a deep breath when you wake up and talk about your dreams with your partner or friends. If you rationalize your fears as they're surfacing in your subconscious, you can let go of some of your worries.
What Week 20 of Your Pregnancy Is Really Like
Pregnancy Confidential Podcast
Now What Do I Put on That Registry?
In this episode we'll cover all you need to know about Week 20 of pregnancy. We're calling it the "Registry Special," or the "I Better Start Thinking Seriously About This Baby Stuff" period. This is the week when you have the big, extensive mid-pregnancy ultrasound that will help determine your baby's overall health. It can be totally nervewracking, but once it's done, you may feel more ready to start thinking seriously about what this baby needs when she comes out.
This Week's To-Do List
This Week's FAQs
How to Cope with Anxiety and Depression During PregnancyPrenatal depression and anxiety can strike any expectant mother. Learn about the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options for these common mental health conditions.
Leg Cramps During PregnancySharp and painful, these lower-leg cramps often crop up during the second and third trimesters. Keep reading to find out what causes leg pain during pregnancy—and how to feel better!
The Lamaze Method: Everything You Need to KnowLamaze is a childbirth preparation method aimed at building confidence and teaching coping mechanisms for labor. Read more about the natural technique to decide whether it’s right for you.