21 Weeks Pregnant – Your Pregnancy Guide

Your Baby This Week – Week 21

Your baby this week – Week 21

Size of the baby: 26.67cm (head to toes)

Weight of the baby: 341gm

 Your ‘carrot-sized’ baby’s movements are soon becoming more evident to you. What could have felt like slight fluttering can now feel like a proper nudge or kick. With time you are going to be able to discover a pattern to her movements and yes she will be spending 12-14hrs sleeping each day.

Though much of your baby’s nutrition is still coming from your placenta, she is now swallowing a little of your amniotic fluid every day. This not just gives her nutrition but also helps her strengthen her swallowing and digesting skills. She should be developing her taste buds so the amniotic fluid will taste different each day based on what you have been eating. Research points that children who have had a certain taste in the womb are more likely to try the same tastes post birth; so all that eating healthy is helping her develop that taste too!

Relax and enjoy this period before trimester 3 kicks in with its share of issues.

 

21 Weeks Pregnant – Your body this week

21 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

You are slowly getting comfortable with your body now that you are in the 21st week of pregnancy and having crossed the halfway mark. Though you may not feel great about it each day, remember you are pregnant and should be getting back (or something close) your pre-pregnancy body once the baby comes.

Also now the stretch marks have started to show. Pink, red or purple streaks appear on your belly, butt, thighs, hips and breasts as tissues under your skin are getting torn. These areas are all growing and expanding right now. It is not mandatory to get them but it is likely if your mom had stretch marks when she was pregnant. Also if you are dark-skinned, you are less likely to get them unlike if you are fair-skinned in which case you might not be that lucky.

You might be feeling hungrier than usual now and it would be sensible to always carry some healthy snacks with you.

Your aches, gas and bloating issues might be more common now so drink up a lot of fluids and exercise regularly.

 

Things to know about pregnancy in Week 21

You may have already discussed with your doctor about your delivery options i.e, C-section Vs a normal delivery. It is important to keep active throughout pregnancy, unless otherwise advised, which will higher your chances for a normal delivery. You may also want to know more about usage of epidural and its pros and cons. You may also have questions regarding swelling of feet and the usage of antibiotics during pregnancy. Concerns about sex during pregnancy especially as your belly grows? Read about all of these relevant issues and more by clicking on the links.

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