20 Weeks Pregnant: Your Pregnancy Week by Week

You are twenty weeks now. You are half way through your pregnancy There are so many choices to make between now and the time you deliver. Over the next few weeks our newsletters will be focusing on the different choices you will be making for your baby and your birth. Right now, you might be trying to decide whether you want to breastfeed or bottle feed your baby. You have probably heard that breast milk is best for your baby but you still might not be sure what you want to do. There are pros and cons to breastfeeding and bottle feeding. In this week’s newsletter we are going to discuss your feeding options. We will give you the advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding and formula feeding and hopefully help you to decide what you want to do.

What is going on with mom & baby

Photo credit: Mari Smith/Flickr
Baby: Baby’s crown to rump length is around 18 cm. (about the size of a pomegranate) Your baby weighs about 300-350 grams. Your baby is covered with a white lanolin-like coating called vernix. Your can see your baby’s nipples on her mammary glands now. If you are having a baby girl her uterus is formed now and she has eggs in her ovaries now.

Mom: You may be anxious to find out your baby’s gender if you haven’t already. At night you may have difficulty sleeping or be troubled by nightmares. You may have shortness of breath when sleeping in certain positions. Your baby is pressing against your lungs and other organs, which may cause you to feel short of breath.

This week’s Pregnancy Checklist

  Sign up for a breastfeeding class if you are planning to breastfeed.
  Select paint and/or wallpaper for your baby’s nursery.
  Purchase bedding for your baby’s crib.
  Make a list of phone numbers to call in case you need an emergency babysitter or petsitter.
  Write a list of addresses to send out birth announcements to.
  Take a new belly picture for your scrapbook or journal.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Breastfeeding

Some advantages

  • Your breast milk’s nutritional composition is ideal for your baby.
  • Your breast milk changes to meet your baby’s needs.
  • Breast milk is easier to digest
  • Breastfeeding is virtually free.
  • Breastfeeding may help protect your baby from asthma, allergies, diabetes, and SIDS.
  • Breast milk contains antibodies that protect your baby from infections such as ear infections, respiratory infections, and diarrhea.

Some disadvantages

  • Some women have problems with latch on pain during the first couple weeks.
  • Breastfeeding may require more time from mom. Breastfed babies may feed as often as every hour and a half to two hours for the first few months of life.
  • Because breast milk is made on supply and demand you can’t just take a couple days off from breastfeeding (without pumping).

No votes yet


By Dominicanamomi on 05/29/12 at 2:15 pm

Today I am 20weeks and 2 days I'am excited to find out if the baby is healthy and getting a genetic testing for the second time for sequential screening  ...

By elizabethmenzie on 03/17/12 at 7:26 am

i will be 20 weeks on tuesday. but i go monday to find out what im having. (: im super excited, just trying to predict wat it will be is hard because th  ...

By x-teenmommy-x on 07/05/11 at 6:39 pm

awww i want to find out so bad on what im having.... its like driving me crazy!!!

6 comments so far » read more

Sign in to leave a comment!

Today on JustMommies

The Swaddling Debate: Is Swaddling Dangerous?

To swaddle, or not to swaddle? There is mixed advice out there among parents and childcare experts.

Yoga in the News

Thankfully, the ancient practice of yoga continues to make headline news in modern-day society.

Have You Heard of the Switch Witch?

For most kids, Halloween means crazy, massive piles of candy. For most moms, it means trying to decide how to bribe kids out of eating it all at once.


From the Message Boards

Due Date Club of November 2014

Speed up/Start labor...how is it done?!

Ok ladies, time is coming closer to our babies' arrivals, and I certainly am fed up with carrying th...

Due Date Club of November 2014

Check in!! Its been a while!

We are nearing the end, ladies!! And we have a couple births already, Congratulations to those mommi...

**NEW** September 2014 Playroom

Briefly lurked at the June expecting board

.... seems like yesterday! I can't believe Ben turns 2 months old the 29th. Anyone else peek occasio...

Baby Names

The worst trendee spellings you've seen...

Trendy spellings are cruel. Coming from a person with a trendy spelling, please don't do it to your...

**NEW** September 2014 Playroom

Terrible few days

I have had a fever for 4 days now. Doctors say it's malitis (sp?) and UTI. Got sick this morning an...

» Check out the friendliest message board for moms and moms-to-be!