Do you want to observe the baby’s growth? When you’re at 21 weeks pregnant, you may feel your little child’s fluttering movements (on a regular basis). Are you ready, mama? As you continue your pregnancy, you can notice that you become increasingly protective and attached to the baby. Feeling him/her kicks is one of the most incredibly magical parts of being pregnant.
During week 21 of pregnancy, both mom and baby seem to be cruising right along. According to the ‘week by week pregnancy calendar‘, you’re halfway through your pregnancy term and 2nd semester. Once reaching this stage, it’s important to continue watching seriously what you eat and drink, as well as how you exercise. There are certainly many things happening on the inside and out of the mother’s body, but most are not really noticeable. So, what to expect at 21 weeks pregnant? Read-on to see how your baby developing:
Can you feel changes in your body? By week 21, you’re probably noticeably pregnant and may have started wearing maternity or larger-sized clothes to accommodate your growing belly. As the uterus grows, stretch marks will continue to appear and your breasts may also grow larger continuously. Place your hands on the belly and feel your baby’s kicks, though some are quite light and hard to recognize.
How your baby’s growing? He/she now weighs approximately three-quarters of a pound (around 360 grams) and is about 10 1/2 inches long (the length of a carrot). The expectant mothers may soon have a feeling like the baby is practicing martial arts as his/her initial movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. In other developments, the baby’s eyebrows and lids are fully developed at this point; in case you’re having a girl, her vagina has begun to form. The digestive system keeps maturing as the intestines begin to contract and relax on their own; also, it gets practice working depending on the amount of amniotic fluid that the baby swallow on a regular basis.
What is the pregnancy guide at 21 weeks pregnant? Take a look below:
- Symptoms – you may start to experience a few unpleasant pregnancy symptoms now, including the beginning of stretch marks, leg cramps, and backaches. As your uterus expands, you could develop varicose veins in your legs, vulva, or rectum. These may remain after delivery, though they improve or disappear after a short period of time in many cases. Furthermore, you should have gained around 15 pounds (6-8kg) by eating up to 500 calories per day.
- Try staying relaxed as much as possible
- Take frequent breaks and walk around
- Maintain a healthy pregnancy weight
- Eat more adequate fiber, drink ample fluids, and use a physician-approved stool softener to prevent constipation
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes, and try wearing flat shoes instead of heels
- Have a good eating & drinking habit to stay healthy
Now, you’re at 21 weeks pregnant and probably feeling your baby move and kick. You will soon be a mom, so make sure you enjoy planning for the baby’s arrival. Ask us any question if you want!