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Week 20 - Trimester 2

 

There’s so much going on in your belly this week that you may want to take a little nap after reading about it! Read more about this week.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

BABY DEVELOPMENT

Your baby is growing increasingly fast, especially when it comes to brain development, which is quite accelerated right now. Their little body has really grown which makes their head seem less big now. If your baby is a girl, her ovaries are equipped with enough primitive cells to produce 7 million eggs! But from this stage of development on, that number will start to reduce, plateauing off at around 2 million at birth.  By this week, you can actually see eyebrows and any hair they have on their head.

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YOUR BODY

Have you felt your baby move yet? What a wonderful moment! To get the most enjoyment from it, lie down or sit down and relax. While your baby will sleep quite a bit during the day, it’s activity when it’s awake will start to increase, then you will be able to feel the movement most clearly.

But you will still need a bit of patience to be able to detect the movements correctly. At the beginning, you will probably feel nothing more than a gentle twitching or jerking. The kicks against the belly only become really clear from around the 25th week onwards. And it will be several weeks before the father-to-be can also experience this great moment.

 

NUTRITION

Some women report not giving in to their food cravings because they think that the baby might get upset if they eat a curry. Not so! The baby doesn’t receive that curry as a direct serving; they receive only the aromatic experience through your amniotic fluid. And maybe your pleasure at having enjoyed what you have eaten. So go ahead, use the herbs and spices you enjoy – anything that gives taste is welcome.

 

TIPS

Another friendly reminder it’s time to get drinking! You should be putting away plenty of water while pregnant.

It is an essential component of your blood, of which the volume has increased significantly since the beginning of your pregnancy to ensure you pass on the necessary nutrition for your baby. It is therefore essential to avoid dehydration while maintaining this increased blood volume. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and even more in hot weather. Avoid sugary drinks and sodas with caffeine, as they can get passed on to baby, which is not desirable.

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