How do you know you’re halfway through pregnancy? The average pregnancy is 40 weeks long, so halfway would be 20 weeks pregnant. But since every pregnancy is different, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question.
As your pregnancy progresses, you might find that the days fly by with nothing but meaningful moments between yourself and this amazing little person growing inside of you. You may also be connecting more on an emotional level as their movements become stronger or babies can even hear sounds and recognize certain voices from when they were in utero! Try singing or playing a favorite song to your baby at this time. When they are born you can sing or play the song to soothe your baby after they are born.
How to measure the weeks of pregnancy?
Pregnancy weeks are often measured from the day of your last menstrual period, but also by date of conception and IVF dates. If you want to know how far along your pregnancy is, check out our Pregnancy Due Date Calculator.
What happens at 20 weeks into your pregnancy?
Halfway into your pregnancy, you may have already had an anatomy scan at the 20th week and even know the sex of your baby. You may begin to start to feel stronger physical symptoms such as headaches, leg cramps, feeling faint or hot, sickness and indigestion. These are all totally normal for pregnancy symptoms, but if they become severe please reach out to your midwife or doctor. Remember – rest is key for keeping up with all these developments inside your body during this time. A lot has happened since Week 1 when you began your journey and now with each week by week childbirth and parenthood might start feeling more real.
What happens if I get covid-19 halfway into pregnancy?
The overall risk of covid to pregnant women is low, but those who are currently or recently pregnant may be at higher risks for severe illness. Severe cases could mean hospitalization and intensive care placement with a ventilator. Pregnant women infected by covid also have an increased chance among other complications including stillbirths. If you think you’ve been infected reach out to your doctor or ask your midwife for recommendations.
Vaccination is a very personal topic for many women. You should always do what you think is best to protect your baby as your baby is growing.
How to stay healthy at 20 weeks of pregnancy?
Good nutrition is important for all pregnant women, especially during the second trimester. You should aim to eat a variety of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat protein, and healthy fats. You should also make sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
You’ll want to take prenatal vitamins regularly as growing a baby takes a lot of nutrients while you’re pregnant. Talk to your doctor or midwife about which prenatal vitamins are best for you.
In addition to good nutrition, it is important to get regular exercise during pregnancy. Moderate exercise can help keep you healthy and fit, and it can also help prepare your body for labor. Talk to your doctor or midwife before starting any new exercise routine. Overall listen to your body and don’t overdo it.
What happens at 21 weeks of pregnancy?
Your baby is about to become a very big! They have grown an impressive 10.5 inches long and not slowing down anytime soon thanks to all that hard work you’ve put in. You may start feeling Braxton Hicks contractions which are mild tightenings, this is your body starting to prepare for labor and birth.
You might also notice that your skin may change and you might experience other symptoms such as dryness or itchiness that make life uncomfortable in various ways. There is plenty of hope if you take care and look after your skin properly with the right products during this period!
What happens at 22 weeks of pregnancy?
At 22 weeks pregnant your baby is the size of a coconut! He or she weighs about one pound. Your baby is now able to swallow, and you can feel him or her moving around inside of YOU! The tiny person’s fingernails and toenails have started to appear as well during this stage of fetal development.
What else should you do at week 20?
Now that you’ve made it to the halfway stage of pregnancy and you can feel your baby as their movements become more pronounced, what else should you be doing? This is a great time to start thinking about the next steps in your pregnancy week by week and plan for the third trimester. If you don’t have a birth plan created this is also a great time to start thinking about exactly how you’d like your birth to go. We have a great tool to help you create your birth plan as well.
Let us know in the comments below what all you are experiencing at this stage in pregnancy and what you are doing to prepare for the next half.