WEEK BY WEEK ADVICE FOR MOMS-TO-BE

Select your stage for information you need to give your precious one the care he/she deserves. Always consult your doctor as a precautionery measure.

Pregnancy is divided into 3 stages. Select your stage for more information.

WHAT’S MY STAGE ?

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You’ve reached your second trimester. For most mums it’s a real milestone because it’s around now that you’ll want to start announcing the news to your friends and family.

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As your baby grows inside you, your body will be going through some changes too during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy; pregnancy hormones will be affecting you both physically and mentally. But, although you might notice your moods are a little changeable, lots of mums-to-be report an increase in their energy levels – especially as morning sickness tends to fade as you enter your second trimester.

This section will tell you all about the developments your baby’s going through, and offer helpful suggestions about how you can look after yourself and make your pregnancy easier.

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2ND TRIMESTER

22 cm

Week 20

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Week 20 Pregnancy

Measuring roughly 22cm, your baby is now becoming more aware as the part of their brain which controls their senses develops. The heart is beating strongly and can easily be detected. The skin is protecting itself by secreting a thick white mucus called vernix which acts as a waterproof barrier whilst in the womb.

You’re now due to have your 20-week scan called the ‘anomaly scan’. Its purpose is to check that everything is as it should be and your baby is developing normally. It may also be the first time you get a real glimpse of your growing baby, and many mums take their partner or a friend along to share the excitement.

The scan takes about 15-20 minutes. During the scan, the sonographer will look for any abnormalities in your baby’s physical growth and development, and also check the position of the placenta. At some point, they may let you see your baby on the screen and point out details like your baby’s heartbeat and their growing limbs. They may also be able to tell you the sex of your baby – not all hospitals will do this, and you will usually have to ask them to tell you if you’d like to know.

If your sonographer detects any kind of problem, you will be told at once and you may be invited back for another scan. Another scan does not always mean that there is a serious problem with your baby.

If your hospital provides such a service, you may be able to buy a print of your scan picture to share with your loved ones.

Many mums experience leg cramps during their second and third trimesters. The extra weight you’re carrying around is bound to put extra pressure on your leg muscles. However, cramps can also occur if you’re lacking in calcium or salt in your blood, if you’re dehydrated, if you’re simply inactive for long periods of time or if your growing bump is putting pressure on your nerves. Speak to your doctor if you have any concerns.