We are 20 weeks pregnant!! For those who are really interested, we should have another scan on Monday and have more pictures to share with you. In the meantime…
Your baby measures about 6.5 inches/ 16.5 centimetres from crown to rump and is steadily gaining weight. A whitish coat of a slick, fatty substance called vernix caseosa begins to cover your baby and protects the skin during its long immersion in amniotic fluid. It also eases delivery. The baby’s swallowing more this week, good practice for the digestive system. After your baby takes in amniotic fluid, his body absorbs the water in the liquid and moves the rest into the large bowel.
You may want to look into a childbirth education class if you haven’t done so already. Whether you are a first-time parent or want a refresher course, you will benefit from a structured class either way. No matter what the philosophy behind it, an antenatal class can help prepare you for the rigours of labour and delivery. You should plan to have completed the classes by 37 weeks, when you’ll be considered full-term and labour could start at any time.
Be extra vigilant about getting enough iron. Your baby needs it to make red blood cells, among other things. In fact, it’s almost impossible for you to get too much from food alone without overeating. Iron-rich foods include lean red meat, poultry, fish, lentils, spinach, and iron-fortified cereals.