You're 20 weeks along, which means you're already halfway through your pregnancy!

Take a deep breath — if you can, that is, since congestion during pregnancy is very common.

Meanwhile, baby's lungs are developing more this week.

Your Baby at Week 20

At a Glance

Your little ... thumbsucker?
Your little ... thumbsucker?
Your little one is still working hard on those sucking reflexes and may even use a thumb for practice.
Gender reveal
Gender reveal
Boy or girl? Your ultrasound this week should be able to detect what you're having if you want to know!
The big week?
The big week?
If you didn't start feeling your baby-to-be's punches and kicks last week, you may this week — and it's the best! But it could take a little longer.

20 weeks pregnant is how many months?

If you're 20 weeks pregnant, you're in month 5 of your pregnancy. Only 4 months left to go! Still have questions? Here's some more information on how weeks, months and trimesters are broken down in pregnancy.

How big is my baby at 20 weeks?

You've got a heavyweight in your belly at 20 weeks pregnant (well, in baby terms, anyway). Your little champ weighs about 10 ounces and has a height, crown to rump, of about 6½ inches.

While your baby is definitely getting bigger, there's still plenty of growing room in there, which allows him to twist and turn (and allows you to feel his acrobatics!).

Boy or girl?

Curious about whether that melon-sized belly has a boy or a girl inside? Now's your chance to take a peek!

Though the external genitals in both male and female fetuses still have a way to grow, you'll be able to find out your baby's sex via the second trimester ultrasound, also known as the anatomy scan, usually scheduled for anytime between 18 and 22 weeks.

You'll also get a detailed sneak peek at baby's other major organs and measurements and make sure your little one is developing normally.

This exam, which is much longer than the routine ultrasounds you get at your doctor's office, gives your practitioner a chance to see how things are going in there — and wow, are they going!

If you're carrying a girl, your baby's uterus is fully formed this week and the vaginal canal is starting its development; in a few decades, you might be a grandma! Your little girl also has primitive eggs in tiny ovaries now, about 7 million of them. By birth, that number will be down to 1 or 2 million.

If your fetus is a boy, the testicles are begining their descent soon, though they're still in the abdomen waiting for the scrotum to finish growing so they'll have a place to go in a few weeks.

Your Body at Week 20

baby size at 20 weeks pregnant

Halfway there!

Now that you’re at the midpoint of your pregnancy (20 weeks down, 20 more to go!), that little sweet potato you're carrying is becoming more of a reality as you feel his movements and draw smiles from passersby who see your baby bump.

Your 20 weeks pregnant belly

Now that you’re at the midpoint of pregnancy, your 20 weeks pregnant belly is probably really taking shape as an adorable baby bump by now.

Your appetite is likely pretty hearty, and chances are you’ve popped enough that people know you’re pregnant and you can wear those cute maternity clothes to accentuate your bump. Plus, around now is when you may be starting to feel baby kicking, so it’s all becoming more real!

But there’s still a wide range of normal when it comes to baby bump size, even at 20 weeks. So don’t be concerned if your bump is bigger or smaller than the bump next door. Just remember that other factors, like your size and shape, whether this is your debut pregnancy or you’ve already got one or more under your belt, and even genetics can dictate what your 20 weeks pregnant belly looks like and how you’re carrying.

As always, check in with your doctor if you’re really worried, but try not to over-scrutinize. All bumps are beautiful and normal, no matter how big or small.

Hair and nail growth

You might also be noticing that your nails are stronger and your hair is growing faster than usual, and feeling thicker and fuller. You can thank pregnancy hormones again, which trigger a surge in circulation that brings extra nutrients to hair and nail cells.

But even though your nails might be long, they can also turn dry and brittle. And though you may love your lavish locks now, don't get too attached: Your good-hair-day run ends with delivery, when the normal daily hair loss that's suppressed during pregnancy (thus the thicker mane) picks up where it left off and then some.

Feeding your growing appetite

Are you in the Hunger Zone? With weeks of nausea and food aversions behind you, you may be more than ready to make up for lost eating time — move over crackers, hello four-course meals!

But before you dig into that all-you-can-eat buffet at lunchtime, here's something you might want to consider. The grazing approach that was your mealtime MO during those queasy months is still the best way to feed yourself and your baby now that food's no longer a four-letter word.

Not only does it help fend off pesky second-trimester tummy troubles, like the heartburn and indigestion that are sure to set in by your second trip to the buffet, but it also ensures that baby's getting a steady supply of calories when she needs it the most.

In fact, studies show that moms who eat at least five small meals and snacks a day are more likely to carry to term. So bring on the grub when pregnancy hunger hits, and lots of it — just bring it on a little at a time.

Pregnancy Symptoms Week 20

Heartburn and indigestion
Heartburn and indigestion
Occasional headaches
Occasional headaches
Faintness or dizziness
Faintness or dizziness
Leg cramps
Leg cramps
Edema (swelling in feet and ankles)
Edema (swelling in feet and ankles)
Your innie becoming an outie
Your innie becoming an outie

Tips for You This Week

Girl, boy or surprise?

If you don’t want to wait 'til birth day to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl, now’s the time to ask your doctor or ultrasound tech to share the news.

Unsure if you want to find out baby’s sex? Remember that there is no right or wrong decision. It's completely personal — up to you (and your partner if you have one).

Also remember that even if you do find out the sex of the baby during your ultrasound, sonographers have been known to be wrong — so you'll still need to be at least a little bit prepared for a surprise.

Are those tummy bubbles or baby kicks?

First-time parent? You've probably started to feel your baby's very first movements, and if you haven’t already, you will soon.

You may think the subtle motions are butterflies, gas or a grumbling tummy, however. Ask your practitioner how to tell the difference if you’re not sure.

Start your baby registry

Haven't started your baby registry yet? Whether you're having a baby shower or shopping for yourself, a registry will help you keep track of all the gear you need before your little one arrives. Most stores offer freebies, discounts and other perks when you sign up, so many parents-to-be sign up for multiple registries. Keep track of all your registries in one place with What to Expect's Registry Builder.

Stretch but don't overstretch

One of the many pregnancy symptoms is the stretching out of muscles and loosening of ligaments, which means they’re also more prone to injury.

Remember that when you're exercising, and stretch safely but don't overstretch. If a movement hurts, stop. And even if it doesn't hurt, now's not the time to see if you can still do a split.

Stave off anemia

By week 20 in your pregnancy, your stored iron supply — the one you saved up when your periods stopped — is just about depleted. But right now, your growing baby is most in the market for new red blood cells. This puts you at risk of anemia, or low iron levels.

Although all pregnant women are susceptible to anemia, those who have had recent pregnancies, are carrying more than one fetus or have been undernourished at any point during their pregnancies have an even greater risk.

How to pump up those supplies? Talk to your practitioner about whether you need an iron supplement and eat iron-rich foods paired with foods rich in vitamin C, like a red-pepper-and-steak stir-fry, for example.

Choose oil-free skin care

Look for the words "non-comedogenic," "unscented" and "oil-free" when buying makeup and skin care products. They'll be less likely to add excess oils and clog up pores — good if your skin is on the oilier side to begin with. But if your skin is dry, you'll do best to choose moisturizing products.

Go nuts for nuts

Love nuts? Keep eating them! 

Enjoying nuts while pregnant doesn't put your unborn child at risk of nut allergies — it may actually lower baby's risk.

Nuts are chock-full of vitamin E, protein and important minerals like copper, manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium and even calcium.

And even though they're high in fat, it's mainly the good-for-you kind — especially baby-brain boosting AHA. So in a nutshell, go nuts — in moderation, of course.

From the What to Expect editorial team and Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect When You're Expecting. What to Expect follows strict reporting guidelines and uses only credible sources, such as peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions and highly respected health organizations. Learn how we keep our content accurate and up-to-date by reading our medical review and editorial policy.

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