Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Understanding Week 21

You will be curious about what your baby will look like and have even started looking for cute baby names. Most women tend to look for the best baby names during this week and get ideas on baby care. They even like to go for baby shopping!

Your Baby

Your baby measures 10.5 inches and about 12.7 ounces. It is the size of a pomegranate! You will feel the movements. The baby’s digestive system is preparing for the outside world. Its body is now manufacturing meconium, a tarry black substance you’ll find in her first dirty diaper!

Your Body

This is the second half of your pregnancy and you may feel quite sick. Although you will be free from the feeling of throwing up due to unpleasant smells or the desire to sleep all the time, you might well suffer from a new set of ailments! Don’t worry; these are just minor problems which will be cured under the guidance of a skilled and experienced professional. Some of the problems faced by pregnant women during 21st week of pregnancy include constipation, flatulence, sleeplessness and backache. The major reason behind occurrence of backache and general pregnancy aches and pains is your body. It is getting bigger in size. This makes your back muscles work really hard to support your growing bump. Consult your health care practitioner to get relief from these minor problems.

Pregnancy Symptoms Week 21

You will experience heartburn and/or indigestion. Braxton Hicks contractions are another symptom of this week because the uterus may feel tight as it practices for labor. The leaky boobs may irritate you now because your milk ducts are developing. Your bump will have very dry, itchy skin that stretches over growing bump. The stretch marks will start showing and your skin gets pulled thinner as baby grows.

Nutrition

Make sure you get adequate iron and vitamin B12. You may include dried apricots, seeds, figs, prunes, wholegrains and fortified cereals. B12 is also found in yeast extracts. Also load yourself with milk, yoghurt and cheese. Soya milks and cheeses are fortified with calcium.

Tips

Avoid spicy, oily foods that trigger heartburn. Treat yourself to something nice. Go for some shopping; get some scented candles, a new nightgown or pajamas. You may even treat yourself with a prenatal massage. Some women also like to arrange a professional photographer and get themselves clicked for a keepsake.

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