20 Weeks Gestation

20 weeks

  • Some experts have concluded that the unborn child is probably able to feel pain.
  • The skin becomes less transparent as fat begins to deposit.
  • Eyebrows and lashes appear.
  • Breathing-like movements become regular and are detected by ultrasound, but the lungs have not developed enough to permit survival if birth occurs.
  • The unborn child turns its entire body side to side and front to back.
  • The length is about 6 to 7 inches.

© 2003 Texas Department of Health. All rights reserved. Photos: Lennart Nilsson / Albert Bonniers Forlag AB, A Child Is Born, Dell Publishing Company. Used by permission.

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Last updated December 5, 2012