THE 20TH PREGNANCY WEEK

Your child is developing fat reserves, so that it can regulate its body warmth later on. It’s also becoming stronger, which you will notice through its kicking and punching.

Every day it swallows and excretes around 400 ml of amniotic fluid.

You are halfway through your pregnancy. At your next ultrasound examination your doctor will once again determine the size of your baby by measuring the diameter of its head. The doctor will also examine the position and structure of the placenta, and estimate the amount of amniotic fluid in the womb. By touching your stomach around your navel, you can feel the upper part of the womb (fundal height).

During weeks 20 to 24 of pregnancy your baby is about the size of a papaya.