During this month you may feel a light fluttery movement – Yes, it’s the baby! Suddenly all the
changes and problems seem trivial and the baby seems very
real. The baby is very active, especially in the evenings
and when you stop to take a rest. This may be an incentive
to rest more, when you feel how much the baby appreciates
your relaxed condition. From 20 – 28 weeks call the
doctor if you feel no movement of the baby in a 24 hour period.
Many parents use these opportunities to make contact with
the baby, by playing gentle music or talking to the baby.
There is scientific research linking the baby’s heart
rate to the mother’s voice! It is a wonderful way to
begin the bonding process with the baby.
Seeing your baby for
the first time
There is a good probability that your Doctor will ask you
to have an ultrasound
scan during this time – it is a routine test which
checks the general well being of the baby and also its position.
You will be able to see an image of the baby on the screen
as well as see the baby move and hear the heartbeat. It
is amazing and special moment, and you will probably be
given a picture of the baby to take home.
During this month you reach some other milestones: you are
half way through your pregnancy, your baby reaches half
its birth length and your uterus has risen to the level
of your belly button. (This may cause your belly button
to pop out but it should return to normal after the birth.)
More pregnancy symptoms
You may also be experiencing some new symptoms – lower
abdominal pains as the muscles and ligaments stretch, backache
as you compensate for the weight of your abdomen and also
due to the loosening of all your joint in preparation for
labour. The backache may be accompanied by a sense of being
off balance because your centre of gravity is changing as
your stomach grows. Your gums may swell and bleed due to
pregnancy hormones. You may experience heartburn as the combination of the pressure of the uterus and the
loosening of the stomach valve, due again to pregnancy hormones,
allows stomach acid to reflux. Consult your doctor if you
want to take antacids – and take extra vitamin C and
iron in your diet if you decide to take the antacids. A
stuffy nose and nosebleeds can also be attributed to hormones
which are having a softening effect on your gums.
You know the story –
take it easy
By now you should have got the picture about the importance
of taking care of yourself. The food you eat is also vital
at this time, when the baby has no choice but to be nourished
by your own diet.
Your baby needs you to be wise right now!
to call the doctor?