Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Pregnancy Update - Week 20
What’s Happening This Week: You're at the halfway mark — congratulations! Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (The way your baby is measured changes now.) He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (although some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).
How far along? 20 weeks
Weight gain: 11 lbs. - I don't know how I gained 2 pounds in one week, but it happened....
Stretch marks? Still the ones on my hips, but that's all.
Sleep: I'm sleeping very lightly and wake up several times a night to the dog, Jarrod, or my bladder. It's tougher to go back to sleep also, but it's totally okay. Also, dreams are so vivid. Everyday I wonder "Was that a dream or did that happen?"
Best moment this past week: Jarrod FINALLY felt the baby kick! The baby has gotten more wiggly and stronger, but most movements are still light. After a good lunch and a large cold bottle of water, the baby went nuts. Jarrod put his hand on my belly and got some great kicks. Before then, I'd asked, "Did you feel that?" and he'd say, "Not really..." with a confused look on his face. This time, he lit up and got so excited!
Movement: All the time. Most of it is just little twitch-like feelings, but a few times a day I get a good kick.
Food cravings: Still sweets. McDonalds vanilla cones made me very happy this week.
Labor Signs: None.
What I miss: Wine and clothes.
What I am looking forward to: I'm not sure. I'm really loving this season, so I am trying really hard to live for today and not 20 weeks from now! I'm loving the special time I get to feel the baby wiggling around. It's very special.
Anxieties: Having a healthy baby.
Weekly Wisdom: Don't worry. You'll figure it out. :-)