What prenatal care do I need during week 20 of pregnancy?


Twenty weeks is the halfway point. The growing uterus is displacing and putting on the stomach so gastro-intestinal discomforts such as heartburn, indigestion, and flatulence may occur. The increased pressure of the growing uterus may also lead to swelling (edema) of the feet and ankles, especially after standing for long periods. An ultrasound is frequently done to check on the fetus’ growth and during that ultrasound, fetal gender is often visible. Medical care during the 20th week is focused on monitoring maternal well-being and weight gain and evaluating fetal growth and development.

By week 20, you should have already established a diet rich in the nutrients that will help you deliver a healthy baby, and be avoiding harmful foods and substances. Continue to take in ample amounts of calcium and iron to promote strong bones and teeth in your baby and to help prevent a premature birth. If you have not yet had an ultrasound, week 20 is a good time to consider this test, as the sex of the baby is typically evident at this point. During an ultrasound this week your doctor should also be able to identify irregularities in your baby's bones or organs, if present.

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