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Pregnancy Week 20

Around week 20, many women can feel movements on their stomachs. Feel your stomach - the fetus is just as sensitive to touch as a one year old.

The fetus in week 20

The fetus is now 18 weeks old. It is 25 centimeters long and weighs about 325 grams - about the size of a honey melon.

In pregnancy week 20, all fetuses are about the same size, and have a long and thin shape. The skin is covered by a sebaceous fat layer that protects the skin as long as the fetus lives in the amniotic fluid. The placenta gives the fetus most of the nutrition it needs, but it has also started to absorb small amounts of sugar from the amniotic fluid.

Pregnancy Week 20

The hearing is fully developed, and the fetus is just as sensitive to touch as a one-year-old. So pat and feel your tummy! Most people can feel movements on the stomach now - let your husband know about the little life in there. Visit Bestaah for quality and affordable maternity panties.

Around week 20, the fetus also develops sleep stages and sleeps as much as a newborn baby. Unfortunately, the sleep phases are not adapted to allow you to sleep as well. They sleep most when you are active and move and are most active when you lie still to sleep yourself. Only when the child is 3-6 months can you expect it to have a 24-hour rhythm that is adapted to day and night.

Being pregnant in week 20

Congratulations, you are now halfway into your pregnancy !

Now your stomach is growing all the time, maybe the navel will start to bulge a little grand. Within the next two weeks, the uterus will grow over the navel. Your chest has been enlarged, and you may have more problems with acid reflux and heartburn.

From and on week 20, it is also more common to feel contractions in the uterus, which are reminiscent of aches. The contractions are because the uterus is training to get ready for birth. However, this may be a little uncomfortable, but usually not a little painful. Of course, it is very individual both how bad it hurts and how you yourself experience pain.

There are also other minor problems that are common during this stage of pregnancy. These include soreness at the bottom of the stomach, dizziness, constipation, back pain, leg cramps and swelling of the ankles and feet.

What is positive is that most women at this time can feel their stomach around week 20. It can sometimes be difficult to know how it should feel, so multiple births often know this earlier than the women who are expecting their first child. Most people describe it as a slight tingling or tingling in the stomach.

Good tips for week 20

If you are tormented by acid reflux and / or heartburn, you can buy acid neutralizing tablets at the pharmacy. D et is important to first discuss it with your midwife or doctor, as there are prescription pills that you should not eat.

Think about your posture to relieve back pain. Use an ergonomically adapted chair at work, avoid standing for too long, and sleep with a small pillow under your waist while lying on the side. You should also be extra careful with lifting: Lift your legs instead of your back.

New advice on caffeine for pregnant women

Now, the National Food Agency is reducing the amount of caffeine that is considered safe for pregnant women. The Council is based on research that shows an increased risk of miscarriage if the consumption is too high. The weight of the fetus may also be affected by a caffeine intake that exceeds the recommendation.

A pregnant woman should not exceed a caffeine amount of 300 mg per day. It has been the Swedish Food Agency's advice. Now they lower the limit to 200 mg. That is what the authority writes in a press release.

It's about the total amount of caffeine from all foods. Examples of foods that may contain caffeine are coffee, tea, energy drinks, cola drinks, other soft drinks, supplements and dark chocolate.

The reason for the new council is that the caffeine content in coffee varies widely. The new content is lower than the caffeine levels on which previous advice has been based.

- This means that the recommendation for a maximum number of cups of coffee and tea per day is slightly lower than in the past, ie two to three cups of brewing coffee of 1.5 dl, or four cups of tea of ​​2 dl, says Rickard Bjerselius, toxicologist at the National Food Agency, in the press release.

The updated advice, with a link to the scientific data, can be found on the Swedish Food Agency's website.


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