What do you and your baby expect at 21 weeks pregnant? I know it may look a bit far even at weeks 21 looking at the complete pregnancy calendar 40 weeks. The most important thing, you and your baby are just doing fine and no problem. Although the journey might seem to be another milestone but you have come this far and you must move on. Anxious to know what 21 weeks pregnant entails, here is what to know.
21 Weeks Pregnant: How Are You?
Though you and your spouse know you’re pregnant but most people might not be aware. At this week, your belly size would have grown to everyone notice. Probably you’re already wearing maternity clothes or bigger clothes to cover your growing belly.
Even as your uterus grows bigger, stretch marks my start to appear. The changes also include breast getting bigger due to the secretion of the mammary gland which your baby will suck after birth.
Your baby is expected to be moving frequently than several previous weeks and you should be feeling the kicks. Although might be light and hard to recognize.
21 Weeks Pregnant: How Is Your Baby?
Growth is consistent as the pregnancy week goes by and your baby is above 8 1/2 inches in length from crown down to feet and weighs about 12 ounces. This is actually about the size of carrot. And also this week, your little one can actually practice to open and close their eyes. The fingers and the toe prints already noticeable and your baby can as well swallow amniotic fluids.
What Pregnancy Symptoms To Expect
Most women continue to see physical changes even as the second trimester goes by but some symptoms may occur. They may be very irritating and uncomfortable. A varicose vein is one of the symptoms you’re most likely to experience due to the expansion of your uterus. Varicose veins may appear in your vulva, legs or rectum. In some women, the mark may remains even after pregnancy but sometime increase or fades away after several weeks.
Doing the following practices can help reducing the appearance of veins; try elevating your legs higher than your heart, never stand or sit in one place for long periods, control your weight gain and guard constipation by eating adequate fiber and drinking plenty fluids.
Some women also face acne and oily skin breaks outs usually said to be caused by hormones that produces excessive oil. If you among those pregnant women that’s experiencing increased skin breaks-out, you can try one of these: wash your face with a mild soap and warm water in the morning and evening and even after exercising, rub oil-free cosmetics and wash oily hair every day.
What can you do for a healthy pregnancy this week 21
Healthy pregnancy is healthy baby and mother. Pregnant women should gain 2 to 4 pounds each month in the 2nd trimester according to National Institutes of Health. Weight gain is gradual, so you don’t have to start eating much to meet the set parameters but eat when hungry. You only need 300 additional calories daily to stay healthy if you’re had a normal weight before pregnancy. If you’re not too sure about your weight, try contacting your health care provider for more insight.
Have you signed up for childbirth classes? If not then consider signing up with one not far from your area. You should also make planes for baby’s nursery and outfit. It’s good you do all of this before your belly grows bigger to a stage at which you may find it difficult to move around.
Having sex during pregnancy will not harm your baby even as your baby grows. Some women have increased sex urge, you’re free to enjoy sex as far you don’t have high risk pregnancy.
When to call you doctor?
Getting in touch with your doctor frequently during pregnancy weeks is what every woman to imbibe. It is not only when you notice something going wrong. Healthy pregnancy involves consistent follow-up and that’s what you should do. Although symptoms and minor issues occurs during pregnancy but try to call for doctors help when notice some of smelling discharge from your vaginal, pain when urinating, fever cramping or abdominal pains.