Skip to Main Content
Connect to 30,000 mums just like you Advice from the Careline and real mums in our community
Home > Second Trimester > 20 weeks pregnant

Second Trimester

  • Article
  • Community Posts

Week by week

Mum, it’s me!

Woo hoo, I’m loving life at the moment mum! I’m moving around, sucking my thumb when I want to, and my only focus in here is putting on lots of weight. I didn’t feel like being curled up anymore, so I’ve stretched myself right out now, ahh ... this is the life. When you see the midwife she may measure your tummy to see how big I am and boy have I grown – I’m about 22cm long! That vernix stuff is still secreting from my skin and waterproofing me from your womb. It feels a little bit strange so if you feel me kicking or punching you, please just give your belly a little rub, or talk to me, or play me some music. Yes mum, I can hear you! I can even smell. Did you just say something? Keep chatting to me ... oh and I love your singing, no matter what dad says!

How are you?

You might be wondering how much weight gain is right for you while you’re pregnant. It all depends on your height, weight and body frame, so your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a helpful guide. It’s great to aim for a steady, gradual pregnancy weight gain, but everyone has a different pattern, so as we say - always ‘eat to appetite’, or just enough so that you feel satisfied. It’s easy to use pregnancy as your excuse for eating a little bit more, but at the end of the day, chips and chocolates won’t help your baby grow! Instead, concentrate on healthy snacks, like dipping fruit into yoghurt, or keeping a packet of dried fruits on standby at all times.

Keeping fit with some light exercise is still important too, so keep up the walks and stay active. Remember to always check with your healthcare professional first to understand what exercise is right for you. And if you’re having your second trimester scan this week, don’t forget to share your scan photos with us!

See what the
community has to say

A place to share the joins and questions of parenthood with other mums, and our Careline of experts.

KARI-TIPS Advice from the Careline, a dedicated team of midwives, dietitians and mums with expertise

Why a maternity bra is everything!
Maternity bras aren't just great for feeding. As your breasts get bigger and heavier in preparation ...
    mums found this helpful

Karimums Top 10 baby boy names
My husband and I sat down one night and discussed our favourite characters from movies and books. He...
    mums found this helpful

Tips to help reduce back discomfort
Back discomfort can be common during pregnancy. As pregnancy progresses, stable joints and ligaments...
    mums found this helpful

  • What our community says about second trimester

    Sign in to add a post

Help us improve your Kariumums experience

Set where you are on your journey and we'll point you towards more relevant posts...

Oops, we had problem at our end. Try again.

  1. No, thanks

Sorry to interrupt,
but we'd love your feedback

On a scale of 0-10 how likely are you to
recommend the Karimums site? (please tick)

Thank you. Can you tell us what you like about this site, or what we can add to improve it?