Twenty Weeks – The 411

How your baby’s growing

My baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — about the size of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against her torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of her head to her bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks,she’s measured from head to toe.)

 

She’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for her digestive system. She’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in her bowels, and you’ll see it in her first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

How Mommy’s life’s changing

Congratulations! You’ve hit the halfway mark in your pregnancy. The top of your uterus is about level with your belly button, and you’ve likely gained around 10 pounds. Expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on. (If you started your pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a bit more; if you were overweight, perhaps a bit less.) Make sure you’re getting enough iron, a mineral that’s used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen).

During pregnancy, your body needs more iron to keep up with your expanding blood volume, as well as for your growing baby and the placenta. Red meat is one of the best sources of iron for pregnant women. Poultry (especially the dark meat) also contains iron. Some common non-meat sources of iron include legumes, soy-based products, spinach, prune juice, raisins, and iron-fortified cereals.

BABY STATS:

How Far Along?

20 weeks !

How Big Is The Little One?

My little angel is the size of a banana.

Total Weight Gain / Loss?

I have gained 2 pounds this week

Maternity Clothes?

I am still in my same ole clothing !   Maybe one day before the end of this pregnancy, I will be able to fit in my maternity pants (insert sarcasm)

Sleep?

What sleep?  The sleep I have to now get during day time catnaps because I can not get comfy at night?   Yeah….  THAT sleep !  Even pillows are not helping 😦

Best Moment of the Week?

This week has been pretty low key since I returned from the beach.  My mom and I met my sister, niece and nephew at Virginia Beach/ Hampton.  It was an amazing time. 
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I even took my little niece to the pool at the hotel one night.  My mom and I spent two days out on the beach and it was really relaxing.  This morning, I had ExamOne come out to administer a physical exam for a new life insurance policy I am getting for 1 million dollars for my baby.  I am gonna go broke paying all these premiums lol.   Well, this policy is actually a lot cheaper than my whole life policy per month.  I feel that it is so worth it.

Symptoms?

Constipation has decided to pay me a visit !  I started taking 3 Colace per day and also eating bite sized prunes.  I also feel this heaviness in the bottom of my abdomen.  Before I got the constipation under control, I could not tell which was which…  Other than insomnia, that is about it for symptoms.

Food Cravings?

I still do not have much of an appetite but I am able to stomach meat now so I have been making a lot of dishes with organic grass fed beef.
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Cubed Steak with onion gravy
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Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Onion Gravy

Food Aversions?

Salty food and sweets.  Everything tastes salty to me since pregnancy, especially my favorite Chick Fil A.   😦

Gender?

It’s A ….  Girl !  (but you already knew that)

Labor Signs?

None

What I Miss?

Sleep

What I Am Looking Forward To?

Holding my baby and seeing her little face and hearing what she sounds like !

Bump?

Still nothing.  Just bloat from the constipation that is finally going down.

Navel In/Out?

In

Baby / Mommy Purchases?

I bought another baby hat for the hospital with a huge satin bow.
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