What are common problems that may occur during week 20 of pregnancy?


Twenty weeks is the mid-point of the pregnancy. The uterus is growing into the abdomen, the fetus is active and the woman can feel the fetal movement. The growing fetus also brings some discomforts. Some women experience indigestion and heartburn as the enlarged uterus puts pressure of the digestive system. There also may be leg cramps or swelling of the lower legs or feet, especially after standing for prolonged periods of time. Many women find that these discomforts are worse at night making it difficult to find a comfortable position for sleep.

Starting around week 20, doctors may focus on any abnormalities in your baby's size or weight. If you appear to be unusually large, your doctor may believe that your due date has been miscalculated, that you will have a larger-than-average baby, or that you might be having twins. If your baby is unusually small, it may also be a result of a miscalculated due date, smaller-than-average baby, or possibly a more serious condition called intrauterine-growth restriction. This condition can result in later medical problems for your baby. If you haven't had an ultrasound to this point, an ultrasound may be done for the first time in week 20, and the reason for your baby's irregular size may be determined more specifically.

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