What Does A Fetus Look Like at 20 Weeks?

November 25, 2009 by  
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This is one of the most sought after questions for women when they are pregnant, so we have provided you with some of the best images of what a fetus looks like at 20 Weeks.

We hope you enjoy them.

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This next picture of how your baby looks inside your body at 20 weeks.

Pictures supplied by the Science Photo Library.

What is Happening Inside Your Body?

Can you believe it? You have made it half way through your pregnancy! Your entire pregnancy lasts 40 weeks.5Month

The top of your uterus should now be about the same level as your navel. Your healthcare provider will be measuring the size of your uterus at each appointment. It should be growing about ½ inch per week from now until the end of your pregnancy.

Your lung capacity is continuing to increase. Your lungs are breathing up to 40 percent more air than they did before you were pregnant. You may be breathing at a faster rate than before. Some women feel some shortness of breath. This is due to both increased respiration and pressure from your growing baby and breasts.

By now you have most likely begun to feel your baby’s movements.

How Big is a Fetus at 20 Weeks?

Your baby is about 6 inches long from crown to rump, and about 9-10 inches long from head to toe. It weighs approximately 9 ounces.

How is Your Baby Developing?

Your baby’s skin is thickening and the layers of skin are developing. Your baby is beginning to develop eye motion.

Myelin is beginning to develop in the brain. Myelin is a protective sheath that insulates the nerves and nervous system. Myelin is comprised of 80% fat and 20% protein. The development of this protective layer will continue through the first years of your baby’s life.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

You may want to consider supplementing your diet with Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are important for your baby’s brain development.


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14 Comments on "What Does A Fetus Look Like at 20 Weeks?"

  1. leanne sandridge on Tue, 24th Nov 2009 4:19 am 

    i think that the pics that yall have are great for first time moms like me…lol an i had no idea that you could see that much at 20 weeks but i think that this web site so great

  2. admin on Tue, 1st Dec 2009 12:45 am 

    Thank You for your comment.
    We appreciate your taking the time to let us know your thoughts.
    Enjoy your pregnancy and be sure to watch the videos we have on this site. Enjoy your future with your baby.

  3. padrons on Thu, 10th Dec 2009 3:08 am 

    thank u so much for all the info u give us in this web site. its a big help for me. and i also could stop wondering on how my baby look like.

  4. Jessica Gullage on Tue, 26th Oct 2010 5:45 am 

    I thought they were great pictures, I will be 5 @months on the 2:loving every experience

  5. Fairly on Fri, 29th Oct 2010 5:50 pm 

    Thank you very much for the pictures. it feels good to know im carrying a baby that looks this healthy inside of me

  6. admin on Fri, 12th Nov 2010 6:02 pm 

    Thank you for letting us know you like the pictures. We are tying to provide you with positive information. If you experience any pain or discomfort please feel free to check out our other site http://www.pregnancypainrelief.com.
    Stay positive and look forward to happy days to come.

  7. admin on Fri, 12th Nov 2010 6:07 pm 

    You are very welcome. Your body is providing you with an amazing adventure…Keep looking forward. Plan for tomorrow.
    Also check out our Pregnancy Pain Relief site for those times when things get a little uncomfortable. :O)
    Thank you for your comment and I apologize for taking so long to thank you. YOU are very special.

  8. Aminata Sonko on Fri, 11th Mar 2011 4:39 pm 

    how should you turn when laying down

  9. Nkem Ikukuoha on Sat, 10th Sep 2011 9:06 pm 

    Well,am so happy 2 know that my baby looks as healthy and has developed almost all the features for its survival. I cant wait 2 hold it in my arms. Am 20 weeks pregnant.

  10. Damilola Oladosu on Tue, 18th Oct 2011 4:56 pm 

    d pics are interesting,im happy! dt means my baby is growing. bt can he hear sounds now?

  11. Damilola Oladosu on Tue, 18th Oct 2011 5:01 pm 

    can the baby @20 weeks pregnancy hear external sounds?

  12. admin on Tue, 18th Oct 2011 6:51 pm 

    Your baby hears everything… Sound is vibration and fluids transmit sound to your baby. So when you speak or play music the baby’s brain is developing around that….

    There are a ton of people saying the baby hears and responds to external sounds somewhere between 22 to 27 weeks. At at 27 weeks loud sounds can damage their ears….

    All in all I believe that your baby hears from earlier in your pregnancy…

    .. remember you are connected to your baby in so may more ways than we can imagine…(mind, body, and spirit)

    …. talk to your baby and play the music that you like and feel good with… the more you keep your environment (sights, sounds, behavior, and emotions) around you the same… the more your baby will feel safe and relaxed when outside your womb.

  13. admin on Tue, 18th Oct 2011 7:06 pm 

    I wanted to apologize for not responding sooner. Here is what I posted today for another lady who asked the same question… Thank you so much for leaving your comment… have a wonderful pregnancy.

    Your baby hears everything… Sound is vibration and fluids transmit sound to your baby. So when you speak or play music the baby’s brain is developing around that….

    There are a ton of people saying the baby hears and responds to external sounds somewhere between 22 to 27 weeks. At at 27 weeks loud sounds can damage their ears….

    All in all I believe that your baby hears from earlier in your pregnancy…

    .. remember you are connected to your baby in so may more ways than we can imagine…(mind, body, and spirit)

    …. talk to your baby and play the music that you like and feel good with… the more you keep your environment (sights, sounds, behavior, and emotions) around you the same… the more your baby will feel safe and relaxed when outside your womb.

  14. Megan on Fri, 16th Dec 2011 5:05 pm 

    thank you for the pics its amazing thinking my little sea monkey is that developed already I can’t wait to find out if its a boy or a girl in like 4 days! It makes me a little nervous finding out tho idk why lol but its exciting too can’t wait to see my baby!

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