Posted by: mommyq | February 18, 2005

20 Weeks

So, all went well with my U/S yesterday (except for the fact that the tech was an absolute B*$%!)! The placenta looks good and the baby is all cozy and warm. We didn’t get to see much of her because the tech from hell figured since we were in for an U/S 10 days ago we wouldn’t really be interested. I don’t know what setting she had the zoom on but the baby was about the size of a peanut on the screen so we couldn’t really see anything (normally they amp it up so that the baby takes up a good portion of the screen). She also wouldn’t check gender to “confirm” a baby girl. So, I think we have decided to go and have a 3D ultrasound done at around 25 weeks so that we have a video memento and some great 3D pictures of the babe. For those of you that don’t know, this is done at a private lab and is not covered by health insurance. It is a higher level U/S and allows you to see the baby in DETAIL:

This is a sample of a 3D U/S picture:

There are 3 places now in the GTA that offer this:

Baby View, Pickering
See 3D, Toronto
UC Baby, Mississauga

So, on to the 20 WEEK UPDATE! (140 days to go till we meet Baby Sydney!!!!)

Baby:
You’re halfway there! The top of your uterus now reaches your belly button (actually based on my last MW appointment, my uterus is about 1 inch above my belly button!) and will grow about a centimetre per week. The fetus measures around 6.5 inches/ 15 centimetres long from crown to rump and weighs about 9 ounces/ 255 grams.

She has started to swallow amniotic fluid, and her kidneys continue to make urine. Hair on the scalp is sprouting.

Sensory development reaches its peak this week. The nerve cells serving each of the senses — taste, smell, hearing, seeing, and touch — are now developing in their specialised areas of the brain. Nerve cell production slows down as existing nerve cells grow larger and make more complex connections. If you’re carrying a baby girl, she already has roughly six million eggs in her ovaries. By the time she’s born, she’ll have about one million.

You no doubt feel the kicking and somersaulting of your growing baby. At times, she may be so mobile that you can’t sleep. The next ten weeks or so will be your baby’s busiest and most active time, until the womb gets too crowded.

Mommy:
POP! Your belly button may pop out and stay that way until delivery as your uterus presses upwards. Some people will have trouble breathing as their lungs become cramped with the internal organs. This will usually continue until the baby “drops” or engages into the pelvis. In a first pregnancy this will generally occur 4-6 weeks before your birth and with subsequent pregnancies not until you are in labor. There is a trade off once the baby “drops.” You will have to urinate more frequently, hard to believe, eh? Remembering to do your pelvic tilts prior to laying down will hopefully allow you a few more minutes of rest before the next bathroom break.

You are half way through your pregnancy! Congratulations!

Are you 20 weeks pregnant? Check out PregnancyCorner.com’s week by week calendar to learn more about you and your baby.

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Responses

  1. Congrats Sue!! You’re 1/2 way there!!! 🙂

    I think Lori-Ann went to UC baby and the pics are incredible!!
    If 3D were available a year ago I would have jumped on it! So…you know what I would do! LOL!

    • 1/2 way and wishes I was closer! LOL I am sooooo eager to meet Ms. Sydney!

      I think we are 100% sure that we are doing the 3D as I want a video and some more pictures for her memories box. Plus, they can confirm gender for us so we don’t have any suprizes! LOL


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