Fetal Changes

Fetal Changes

(BC) The 20th Week – Oh My Banana! Know Thy Gender

This is the moment! Your baby has finally reached the size of a banana! What’s more exciting is that you are currently, halfway through your pregnancy. Just a little bit more and you are good to go. Obviously, your baby will have to grow a little bit further but up to this point, you have been having an excellent start.

This month marks the time whereby your baby will start to swallow several ounces of amniotic fluid every single day. This significant improvement in the amount of fluid being gulped is attributable to their working taste buds. It is important for their development as the pregnancy goes on.

If you haven’t had any of your midterm pregnancy ultrasound scans, this is the time to do it. This is no ordinary ultrasound! It’s called the detailed 20-week ultrasound and usually, this prenatal test can be carried out between weeks 18 to 22 of pregnancy. The purpose is to have a general overview of every organ in their body to ensure that there is no organ defect that requires surgical correction or any kind of intervention for the baby to live healthily.

It’s much more difficult to assess twins but their head circumference can be measured to ensure they are within the same size. If that is not the case, then other growth parameters need to be addressed to ensure that both of them are growing healthily. 

This is also the time when your baby would make much bigger progress in term of their sex. If it is a boy, then know that his testicles are going to descent soon. He needs to grow his scrotum first to keep those testicles so, for now, they can take shelter at the lower abdomen.

If it is a girl, then know that her vaginal canal has started to develop. There are approximately 7 millions primitive eggs in both of her ovaries but by birth, the number should be reduced to approximately 1 to 2 million eggs. Tough luck but it’s normal. So, don’t worry about that.

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