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Guide to Being 20 Weeks Pregnant

Some Things to Consider
Good posture can help minimize lower back pain during pregnancy.
Good posture can help minimize lower back pain during pregnancy.
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Some women are very focused on their birth plan from day one of the pregnancy: They know exactly how they want things to go, down to the timing of the epidural (or refusal of one), the music playlist and the pajamas they're going to wear to greet visitors. But don't worry if you haven't given much thought to the actual birth process just yet -- even if you're hazy on birth-plan details, you probably have some ideas. How do you feel about pain medication? Who's going to be with you during the labor and delivery? Just start mentally tossing things around with your partner and jot down your thoughts in a journal. It's never too early for some positive thinking!

Also, now's the time to think about scheduling childbirth classes, if you haven't already. You might not actually attend the classes for a few weeks, but you don't want to find out too late that there are no spaces or convenient times left.

And finally, chances are you've been experiencing some lower back pain -- it's pretty much inescapable the bigger you get -- so try to be aware of your posture at all times. If you're standing, keep your knees slightly bent, your butt tucked in, and your shoulders dropped naturally (it sounds awkward, but it works). When you're sitting, try not to cross your legs. Keep your feet flat on the floor or on a footstool.

That's probably enough additions to your already-long to-do list. Is there anything you should NOT concern yourself with right now? Find out on the next page.