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20 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect Your 20th Week of Pregnancy

Curious about whether that melon-sized belly contains a boy or a girl? Now is your chance to take a peek! You should be able to find out your baby’s gender from week 18 on of your pregnancy on, so get that ultrasound scheduled!

Even though your baby is still teensy, just over six inches long and about ten ounces in weight, week 20 is huge. Why? Well, for one thing, you’re halfway through your pregnancy, and baby is halfway ready to meet you! This is also a big week if you’ve been waiting – and waiting and waiting – to find out whether that cantaloupe in your belly is a sweet boy or girl.

The time has come for the big reveal, since a second trimester ultrasound can now deliver the definitive news. Want to keep playing the guessing game? Make sure you tell your practitioner and the ultrasound technician that mum’s the word and that you’d rather they didn’t spill the baby gender beans.

If you’re carrying a girl, her external genitals may not be as prominent as a boy’s (When are they ever?), but they are clearly delineated at this age. And they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Inside your little girl’s body is a fully formed uterus, in miniature. Her tiny ovaries contain the millions of eggs she’ll be born with, and her vagina is beginning to hollow out.

If you’re bearing a boy, the evidence pops up like a flag in a stiff breeze on the ultrasound. Even at this tender age, the family jewels are there for all to admire. Well, one of them anyway. The testicles haven’t descended from the abdomen yet. They’re just waiting for the scrotum to finish construction so they’ll have a home to move into in just a few weeks.

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Meanwhile, your baby is starting the process of plumping up, as new fat gets deposited under the skin. Most of the fat is called brown fat and is designed to keep baby warm until your little one’s internal temperature regulatory system kicks into gear after birth. The white fat, the kind that’ll really fill baby up and is responsible for those pinchable cheeks and roly-poly thighs, doesn’t make its appearance in large quantities for a few more weeks. Which means baby will stay slender and somewhat wrinkly for now.

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  1. I found out at 18 weeks im expecting a boyyyy💙💙💙💙 the ultrasound tech wasnt looking but I was 🤣🤣🤣 i just knew it.. i was looking for boy genitalia.. lol im 20 weeks.. will be 21 weeks on monday 😁😁😁😁

  2. We’re having a baby girl! 🎀 She’s really active, kicking around a lot in there. I don’t know how much they can hear by now, but every time I play Bruno Mars songs, she kicks back! 😂💗

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  4. Love to watch each and every pregnant videos;my little angel would have been 20 weeks today but lost it at 12 weeks pregnant but i never stopped watching pregnant app which i have on my phone and wondering how our little angle would have been by each week. Every mom knows how it feels with the first child but still God bless

  5. How is it taking doctors in advanced countries so long in the pregnancy to reveal gender !? We are here in little old backwards South Africa and our doctors can tell gender from 15 weeks already… Sometimes even earlier 🤷🏻‍♀️ this in private hospitals of course, but still.

  6. I'm having a Suprise thanks to covid19 lockdown I won't know til September due date 18th ☺️👣☺️ (mummy instincts it's a Girl). well done ladies 👍

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