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20 weeks pregnant

Congratulations! This week marks the end of the first half of your pregnancy! In just twenty more weeks (or even less), you’ll finally be holding your baby in your arms and watching the miracle of life unfold before your very eyes. Make sure you’re ready with a camera to document the moment.

What’s Going on with the Baby

Eyebrows and eyelashes are now visible

Your baby is now about 26 centimeters and weighs 283 grams. In addition, he or she now feels like a miniature kick-boxer in training. The limbs are now in growing in their correct proportion, so your baby doesn’t look like an alien anymore with an oversized head. Ossification continues and lips are now more defined. If you’re having a boy, his testes are now descending towards the correct position, although they have not yet passed the abdominal wall yet. The eyebrows and eyelashes are now visible if you look closely. You may want to have an ultrasound at week 20 to see how your baby looks like. A 3-D ultrasound is much more exciting since you’ll see the baby moving in real time.

What’s Going on with Mommy

Your belly button pops out

You’ll probably notice that this is the week when your belly button pops out. This is quite normal, and will return to normal shortly after giving birth. Keep doing pelvic tilts as this will help you hold the need to pee. Some mothers have trouble breathing at this point. If this begins to bother you, it’s best to check with your doctor, although it’s quite normal at this point. You’ll also notice that you now have a linea negra, which is a darkening line between your navel and pubic hair. This should fade a few weeks after giving birth, so don’t worry about it too much. If it bothers you, you can just cover up your belly.

Now for Daddy

Make sure you join your partner during her childbirth classes, as she will need someone to stay with her calmly during labor and remind her to breathe correctly.

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