Monday, May 16, 2005

20 Weeks/5 Months!!!!

Your baby is growing quickly; by now it is about half the length it will be at birth (but only about 12% of the weight). The weight is now up to 10 ounces (283 grams) and the baby measures about 25 cm. total length, about 9.8 inches. The legs are in good proportion to the rest of the body from this point onwards. A white, waxy-looking substance called vernix now protects your baby's skin.

The baby's muscles are getting stronger every day. You have definitely begun to feel movement by now. Its movements become even more complex and acrobatic. You may be aware of sleep wake cycles in your little one. She may sit upright with straightened back in a yoga-like position or she could be lounging back with her arms folded under her head. She may pedal her legs, make crawling movements, roll over or turn somersaults. These games will be the basis for your daily rhythm from now on, especially when you go to bed.

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