21 weeks pregnant might be the ideal time for many moms-to-be to feel their unborn baby’s movements. Such movements, in some cases, can be even strong enough for their dads to enjoy the same excitement. Simply let him place his hand on your big belly, and then two of you can feel small movements and happy for the impending arrival. During this second trimester, you may realize that you become increasingly attached to your little one. This is quite true for mothers who feel their babies’ kick and move on a regular basis.
Should I worry if I haven’t yet felt my baby’s movements? Don’t worry too much! Not all of expectant women feel their unborn kid’s acrobats until later in the pregnancy. Those who are overweight as well as have a placenta lying in front of their uterus tend to feel their angels’ movements later. There is no need to pay much attention to how often your baby moves at this week of pregnancy. In fact, it is only around 24 weeks pregnant. At that time, your healthcare provider can recommend you to keep track of his/her movement pattern.
Furthermore, your belly continues to grow and grow this time. Mamas are also able to experience a few unpleasant pregnancy symptoms at present, such as stretch marks, backaches, weight gains.
21 Weeks Pregnant – Changes in your body
In general, you can see the appearance of varicose veins, which are caused by the extra pressure on the veins in your legs, along with the higher progesterone levels. Such varicose veins may be available on those who have subsequent pregnancies or if one of their family members is prone to them. What to do now? The best ways to alleviate these varicose veins are taking exercise, wearing on maternity support hose, and resting with your feet up.
Besides, your skin can be itchy from stretching so as to accommodate the growing belly. Lots of moms-to-be may start noticing stretch marks at that time – pink, red, purple, or brown streaks that appear on their breasts, stomach, thighs and buttocks. Unluckily, there is no way to prevent stretch marks. The reason is that they exist when the support under your skin tends to be torn as it stretches. As a result, rapid weight gain may surely make them more noticeable. It is better to have a healthy diet and regular exercise so that your weight gain can be slow and steady. To be sure, using coconut oil can help to relieve the itching, stretch marks, and dry skin that often fade after baby is born.
At 21 weeks pregnant development, some mothers can also begin noticing Braxton Hicks contractions. Such contractions are known as your body’s way to practice for labor. They have actually been happening since you’re at 7 weeks pregnant. Thankfully, these contractions are not painful as well as don’t cause you any alarm. But, Braxton Hicks tend to increase in intensity and frequency from now until the baby arrives. Once they become painful, don’t forget to call your midwife or doctor. In that case, it might be an irritable uterus. This means you need to take things a bit easier. Make sure you get enough water too.
21 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms of pregnancy
Of course, a lot of expectant mothers continue feeling physically content throughout the second trimester. Nevertheless, some uncomfortable signs still may occur at 21 weeks pregnant, such as:
- Stretch marks
- Larger breasts
- Varicose or swollen veins
- Acne and oily skin
- Urinary tract infections
21 Weeks Pregnant – Your baby development
My baby at 21 weeks is about 23 centimeters in length, weighs about 340 grams, and equal to the size of a carrot. It is possible to feel more and more activities in your womb than usual. The reason is that the first fluttering movements you could have experienced now begin to feel like proper nudges, kicks, twists and turns. Amazingly, your kid’s arms and legs will be in proportion, the cartilage in his/her body will turn to bone, while the neutrons between the brain and muscles are well connected. These factors give him/her more control over the movement of his/her limbs.
However, regardless of the movements in your belly, he/she is still sleeping as much as a newborn. In addition, your angel’s taste buds will develop, too. She’ll swallow a little amniotic fluid every day for hydration and nutrition, along with practicing swallowing and digesting once he/she is born. Therefore, your diet has a big influence on the taste of the amniotic fluid!
Other fun news is that his/her eyelids and eyebrows are present. If your baby is a princess, then her vagina has begun to form!
What should you do?
According to the National Institutes of Health, expectant women should gain 2 to 4 pounds per month at 21 weeks pregnant. To be sure, there is no need to double your food intake in order to hit your weight gain goals. Those with normal weight before conceiving should take around 300 extra calories per day. This helps them to support a healthy pregnancy. Struggle with your diet? Don’t be hesitant to consult a nutritionist right now.
If you have not already signed up for any childbirth classes, then this week is a perfect time to consider. Moreover, some women can also want to start planning their baby’s nursery and layette. Actually, it will be easier to focus on these tasks now before your belly is likely to grow to a point at which they’re more challenging.
Are you one of those who’s concerned about having sex during pregnancy? If so, just remember that sex is really safe for both you and your baby at that time. In fact, you can enjoy sex more than ever, thanks to the increased blood flow. Nevertheless, consider talking to your doctor about the safety of sexual intercourse if you have a high-risk pregnancy.
Don’t forget to pull out the old photo album, and then look at yourself and your husband as babies. Next, ask your parents what you looked like and what they might remember of your temperament. In general, babies aren’t born in isolation and they often come into families who have a history and past.