Amazing Pregnancy

Pregnancy Week 20


Second Trimester | Pregnancy Week 19 | Pregnancy Week 21

The Mom:

You are halfway there! If you haven't already signed up for a childbirth class, it's a good idea to try and find one now. They usually begin around your 28th - 30th week, and can fill up quickly. There are several different methods you may want to consider.

Lamaze is based on the Lamaze fundamental philosophy of birth:

Birth is normal, natural, and healthy. The experience of birth profoundly affects women and their families. Women's inner wisdom guides them through birth. Women's confidence and ability to give birth is either enhanced or diminished by the care provider and place of birth. Women have the right to give birth free from routine medical intervention. Birth can safely take place in birth centers and homes. Childbirth education empowers women to make informed choices in health care, to assume responsibility for their health, and to trust their inner wisdom.

Lamaze classes teach you coping strategies for labor, including focused breathing, positioning, labor support, massage, relaxation, hydrotherapy, and the use of heat and cold.

*from Lamaze International, copyright 2000*

Bradley is another childbirth preparation method available. It's also referred to as husband coached childbirth. Bradley classes are 12 weeks long, and sometimes begin in early pregnancy. The goals of a Bradley birth are:

  1. Natural Childbirth

  2. Active participation of the husband as coach.

  3. Excellent nutrition, the foundation of a healthy pregnancy.

  4. Avoidance of drugs during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding unless absolutely necessary.

  5. Training:"Early-birth" classes followed by weekly classes starting in the 6th month, continuing until birth.

  6. Relaxation and NATURAL breathing.

  7. "Tuning-in" to your own body.

  8. Immediate and continuous contact with your new baby.

  9. Breastfeeding, beginning at birth.

  10. Consumerism and positive communications.

  11. Parents taking responsibility for the safety of the birth place, procedures, attendants, and emergency back-up.

  12. Parents prepared for unexpected situations such as emergency childbirth, and cesarean section.

Educated parents have the responsibility to make these choices themselves. They also need to seek personnel who have natural childbirth experience and who will support their choices.

*from Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth*

SYMPTOMS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE

  • Breast Changes, tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
  • Frequent Urination
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Occasional headaches
  • Stretch Marks (cocoa butter can help with these)
  • Itching

The Baby:
Half way there!!!! Baby is now starting to form vernix. This is a greasy, white substance that protects baby from the amniotic fluid. Usually, by the time you deliver, most of it's gone, but sometimes, you may see remnants of it. Baby is now about 9.5- 10 ounces, and is about 10 inches long.



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