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Week 20 Pregnancy Update- Cantaloupe

29 Sep

How Big is Baby?


Baby’s digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, speaking of the diaper situation… baby’s genitals are now fully formed! (

And according to,

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, he’s measured from head to toe.)

He’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you’ll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

How I’m Feeling Physically

This week was the week for the most noticeable growth of my stomach by far.  I am not joking when I say I woke up one morning and it was looking like it usually does by bed time.  It had got so big overnight.  I think I’m finally showing enough where people who look at me know I’m pregnant and just haven’t ate too much pasta!  I did purchase my first few maternity items this week and I am loving my new jeans!  They are so much more comfortable than my old jeans that to button would dig into my stomach a little bit!  I think the baby is happy not having to get squished every time I now wear jeans!  I’m still on the lookout for a cute pair of reasonably priced skinny jeans I can wear with boots.  I couldn’t find any back in Minnesota so I’m going to start searching the internet for a cute pair!  Any suggestions, let me know!  I also stocked up on tanks, sweaters and a few long sleeve shirts.  I feel much more confident wearing my new maternity shirts that fit my ever expanding stomach properly.  I didn’t buy maternity in the tanks or sweaters (cardigans) because I wanted to wear them again after pregnancy and think I wont have a problem squeezing my 40 week old stomach into them.  🙂

How I’m Feeling Emotionally

Emotionally I am good.  I can’t believe I’m already half way!  Wahoo!!!  I feel really good about my new clothes and also feel really good about the start on clothing we got for the baby while visiting family.  I seriously shopped up a storm.  There was no stopping me.  Another new development from week 20, we decided not to keep the baby’s name a secret anymore.  I accidently slipped up and my Mom heard the name and then we let her initials slip at a wedding we were attending and someone guessed her middle name in two seconds flat.  After that, I felt like her name was already out there and I didn’t need added stress by trying to keep it a secret.  So, probably in the next week, I’ll be announcing her name in a post!  I hope you all love it as much as I do!  

Here’s a hint, her first name starts with a C and her middle name starts with an O!

Odd Ramblings

  • Weight Gained so Far:  about 8-10lbs depending on the day
  • Days Until my Next Appointment:  15
  • Cravings:  Fruit and Sugar.  Lots and lots of sugar!
  • Naps:  Nonexistent at this point.
  • Things I’m Most Looking Forward to:  Picking out and buying her nursery furniture!  I can’t wait to get her room done! Also, since we shopped so much, we had to send out two huge boxes in the mail and I can’t wait to get them so I can go through and hang all the baby clothes (I’m waiting to wash them until our next ultrasound to reconfirm she is in fact a girl)!

Week 20 Belly Photos

These are not the best, but they do show off the baby belly!  It’s full on now and I’m loving it!


Is that not huge?