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Your Pregnancy: Week 20

Congrats! You're halfway there...and at one of the great milestones of pregnancy. Increased blood flow is making the pelvic area extra-sensitive, libido is resurging, and the weight gain has just barely begun.

> Does your home have lead paint?
> Why isn't your partner into sex?
> Are you getting enough iron?
> See all second trimester Q&As

Baby's now the size of a banana!
Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they've already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you'd like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.


> Schedule monthly OB visit
> Reminder: Start on the nursery
> Go to your checklist

[ tip ] Got an aching back? Skip the flats and go for a pair of shoes with 1 1/2- to 2-inch heels. They'll provide extra support and make your legs look longer.

> Chat with other moms-to-be who share your due date

> Read more about being 20 weeks pregnant

All medical information reviewed by Dr. Geeta K. Swamy, Duke University Medical Center OB/GYN Department

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