Your pregnancy and baby guide
You and your baby at 20 weeks pregnant
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- Secrets to success
- Am I pregnant?
- Early days
- Week by week
- Preparing for the birth
- Work out your due date
- Tests scans and checks
- Your pregnancy (antenatal) care
- Your health and wellbeing
- Existing health problems
- Common pregnancy ailments
- Pregnancy-induced conditions
Labour and birth
- The start of labour
- The birth
- Emotions and worries
- Premature babies
- How to breastfeed
- Breastfeeding problems
- Lifestyle and breastfeeding
- Bottle feeding
- Newborn screening tests
- Newborn essentials
- New parents
- New mums
- Twins and multiples
Babies and toddlers
- Weaning and solid foods
- Baby health and care
- Spotting signs of serious illness
- Reflux in babies
- How to take a baby's temperature
- Reducing the risk of SIDS
- Treating a high temperature
- Sleep problems in children
- Coughs, colds and ear infections
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Infectious illnesses
- Children's medicines
- Looking after a sick child
- Serious conditions and special needs
- Constipation in young children
- Your baby's height and weight
- Baby health and development reviews
- Leg and foot problems in children
- Learning, play and behaviour
- Safety and accidents
Your baby at 20 weeks
By 20 weeks, your baby's skin is covered in a white, greasy substance called vernix. It's thought this helps protect the skin during the many weeks in the amniotic fluid.
You at 20 weeks
At 20 weeks pregnant, you're halfway through your pregnancy. You may develop a dark line down the middle of your tummy. This is normal skin pigmentation as your tummy expands to accommodate your growing bump.
Normal hair loss slows down, so your hair may look thicker and shinier.
Find out how to deal with common pregnancy problems including feeling faint, feeling hot, cramp, constipation and more.
Things to think about
- what happens at the 20-week scan, and what it's looking for
- what to expect if your antenatal screening finds something
- your feelings, worries and relationships
Pregnancy can be a trigger for domestic abuse or domestic violence, and existing abuse may get worse. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional or psychological, and it puts you and your baby in danger.
If you're pregnant and being abused by your partner or a family member, you can speak to your midwife or doctor, or call the 24-hour freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge, on 0808 2000 247.
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Page last reviewed: 04/10/2019
Next review due: 04/10/2022