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Post by *** Dannii *** on Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:09 am

Fetal development in pregnancy week 20:



fetus in fifth month
This week you're carrying about 10.5 inches and 10.5 ounces of solid
baby-miracle-goodness! Their little delicates bones continue to ossify
and toughen while their itsy bitsy finger and toe pads are finishing
up. Your little monkey now has teeth buds, although they’re hidden
beneath the gum line. And finally! Their limbs have reached their
relative proportions—no more alien baby! Their cute pink lips are more
defined, and might be helping out in a bit of prenatal thumb-sucking.
If you have a little boy, then their tiny testes are descending, though
they have not yet passed the abdominal wall. What’s more, eyelashes and
eyebrows are also visible. At this point, your little one really looks
like a miniature baby—and we do mean miniature as your little swimmer
currently weighs a mere eighth of their final birth weight. With half
the pregnancy behind you, the most significant gains are yet to come!

And how's mom doing?
Not that we need to tell you, but your
baby may sometimes seem like a kick-boxer in training with no
appreciation for your exhausted-pregnant-momma sleep needs. Still,
before you start yelling at them to calm it down in there, remind
yourself that your busy baby really have no idea if you’re rolling If you have already enrolled in a Lamaze course, consider coupling it with either a swimming or yoga course (or both!)
out of bed or cozying up to your partner for a good nights rest.
Unfortunately for your sleep schedule, your little independent thinker
will continue to operate on their own time table throughout the rest of
the pregnancy. And you thought rebellious behavior only started around
puberty!Have you enrolled in a Lamaze course yet? The
now-renowned courses teach various alternative birthing and breathing
techniques, not to mention the oh-so-valuable lessons involved with
natural pain management. (Visit http://www.lamaze.org/Default.asp for
more information.) If you have already enrolled in a Lamaze course,
consider coupling it with either a swimming or yoga course (or both!).
Both forms of exercise focus on controlling your breathing (a large
part of the Lamaze philosophy), while at the same time increasing blood
flow, strength and flexibility. What’s more, many yoga studios and
swimming pools cater to pregnant women (and couples) offering low
impact sessions perfect for you and your partner.
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