advertisement
Updated 21 November 2014

Week 20: 20 weeks to go!

Congratulations! You are now halfway through your pregnancy.

0
Congratulations! You are halfway through your pregnancy. You’re doing well!

What is happening to your baby:

  • Your baby’s sleep patterns are similar to those of a newborn.
  • A girl’s uterus is formed.
  • Her vagina is developing.
  • Scalp hair begins to grow.

What is happening to you:

  • Your pregnancy may now be quite obvious as your uterus pushes your abdomen out at the belly button – brace yourself for lots of unwanted advice!
  • Your pubic hair darkens – it will fade again after birth.
  • The linea nigra (black line running down the centre of your abdomen) may darken.
  • Your belly button may “pop out” as your uterus presses up and outward.

What to do:

  • Take care of your stretching skin to prevent or reduce stretch marks. Apply a nourishing cream twice a day. Eat well and exercise regularlyto maintain your skin’s elasticity.

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Mental health & your work »

How open are you about mental illness in the workplace?

Mental health in the workplace – what you can do to help

If you know that one of your colleagues suffers from a mental illness, would you be able to help them at work? Maligay Govender offers some helpful mental health "first aid" tips.

Sleep & You »

Sleep vs. no sleep Diagnosis of insomnia

6 things that are sabotaging your sleep

Kick these shut-eye killers to the kerb and make your whole life better – overnight.