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A week by week guide to pregnancy - week 20

21 MARCH 2013

In December, St James' Palace made one of the most eagerly anticipated announcements in years with the news that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant. And since then, all eyes have been on Kate as she embarks on an incredible nine-month journey into motherhood.

With that in mind, Teresa Walsh, Midwife Childbirth Educator at The Portland Hospital for Women & Children, shares a week-by-week guide to pregnancy with HELLO! Online.

Week 20

Congratulations you have now reached the midpoint of your pregnancy!

 

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Your uterus will be up to your belly button level and you will find it more comfortable to wear clothing that doesn’t restrict you, especially at the end of your day.

Mothers will be advised to have an anomaly scan. Between 19-21 weeks the anatomy of your baby is scanned in detail so that any information about the many body systems, such as the urinary tract, digestive tract, heart and major blood vessels, brain and others, can be imaged and interpreted.

The careful and accurate measurements made during the scan help to monitor the wellbeing of your baby. This can be an exciting time for both parents. For some partners it can be an emotional high as they see their baby on the screen. Mother will see the baby’s movements and understand the feelings she has been noticing.

You might consider increasing your dietary source of iron. Your blood volume is expanding and your baby and placenta are growing. Your baby is depending on your diet to provide these essential minerals.

Red meat is one of the best sources of iron for pregnant women as is poultry (especially the dark meats). Some common non-meat sources of iron include spinach; prune juice, raisins, and iron-fortified cereals.

Iron is absorbed much more efficiently if you have vitamin C with your food and avoid tea for approximately an hour either side of your meal.

Just replace your tea with a small glass of juice and you will get the best from your food.

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