20 Weeks Pregnant
When you are 20 weeks pregnant, your body may seem like it is not your own anymore. Don't worry, you will get it back! Some changes you may notice with your body around week 20 of pregnancy include:
- A darkening of the line between your belly button and pubic area (linea nigra). It will fade after delivery.
- An increase in perspiration from a more active thyroid gland.
- Frequent urination, a shortness of breath with exercise, and indigestion or heartburn. These conditions may occur as your baby's growth puts pressure on your lungs, stomach, bladder, and kidneys.
When you are 20 weeks pregnant, you may also notice:
- Vaginal discharge
- Changes in complexion
- Changes in skin texture
- Changes in the appearance of your navel.
Discharge that is thin, milky-colored, and has a slight odor is no cause for alarm. Even though discharge can be quite heavy throughout your pregnancy, it might be your body's way of protecting against infection by cleansing the vagina. To protect your clothing, wear a panty liner or sanitary pad and change it frequently. Here are some other suggestions:
- Be sure to keep your vaginal area clean
- Wear cotton underwear
- Avoid tight pants and exercise suits.
Do not douche, use a tampon, or wash with heavily perfumed products. Tell your doctor if your discharge becomes thick and yellowish, very watery, or bloody -- these could be signs of a more serious problem.
Changes in Complexion
Hormonal changes due to pregnancy can cause an increase in oil secretion, which can lead to pimples. To reduce flare-ups:
- Eat a nutritious diet
- Drink lots of water
- Wash your face daily.
Changes in Skin Texture
Many women find that the skin around their abdomen becomes dry and itchy during their pregnancy. Ways to reduce dry skin include:
- Avoiding soap
- Keeping baths and showers short; not using hot water
- Using a moisturizing cream immediately after your bath or shower, to lock in the moisture in your skin
- Using a humidifier.
Changes in the Appearance of Your Navel
As your belly grows larger, you might notice that your belly button now sticks out. This is the result of your uterus pressing on your belly button. After your delivery, your belly button will revert back to an "innie."