Guide to Being 20 Weeks Pregnant

Don't Worry If….

We've mentioned it before, but this issue always seems to be pretty high on every pregnant woman's worry list, so we'll mention it again. Yes, there are general guidelines for weight gain, and by this point you should have gained an average of 8 to 10 pounds (3.6 to 4.5 kilograms). But unless your doctor has specifically warned you that you're packing on too much (or not enough) weight, forget about it. If you're within a few pounds of these guidelines, you can probably rest easy. Eat sensibly, exercise when you can, and then put your feet up and eat a few bonbons every once in awhile. You deserve it.

On the previous page, we suggested some preliminary birth preparations, but we're also going to tell you not to stress if you don't end up with an official birth plan. Yes, it does help to be mentally prepared and focused, but remember that writing it down doesn't mean it's actually going to happen. You have to be prepared to just go with the flow, too. And even if you have no plan at all, you're still going to end up with a baby, one way or another -- the details will be minor.

For information on what to expect during your pregnancy, take a look at the next page.

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