Week 21 of Your Pregnancy
21 Weeks Pregnant means is how Many Months?
If you are in the 21 weeks of your pregnancy, then you just entered the 6th month of your pregnancy.
Many of the women have started feeling their baby movement inside them. Even though, the sensations may still be irregular and uncommon.
A few of them are still waiting for this experience.
Baby of 21 Weeks Pregnant Mother
How big is your baby?
From this point, your baby’s length will be measured from the crown to rump or head to foot.
Your baby is 10.5 inches lengthy and now weighs about 12 ounces or we can say 3/4 of a pound.
Your baby is as long as a carrot and his skin is more responsive to touch.
- Reproductive system:
Your baby is now starts developing his ability to produce babies. It may not be mature properly.
In male babies, testes are started developing, while females have their ovaries growing within their body.
During this week, your baby’s eyelids are starting to develop. But it may take some time to grow it properly.
- Baby’s touch:
If in this week, you would like to push on your belly, the baby most probably will react to your action. He or she is more responsive to touch.
- Taste buds:
During this week, there is the probability that whatever you eat and drink, your baby will be able to taste it.
That is why when the baby swallows a little bit of amniotic fluid per day, it is not only for getting nutrition and hydration. But also practice ingesting or gulping and digesting.
The taste of amniotic fluid will differ and will depend upon what is consumed.
Mother during 21 Weeks of Pregnancy
Now you are just over halfway into your pregnancy. You may be noticing some interesting effects like lush hair and strong nails.
On the other side of the coin, you may have experienced heartburns or other physical inconvenience.
Here we have listed some signs of pregnancy and information related to the mother.
Symptoms of 21 Weeks Pregnant Woman
Heartburn or indigestion:
This issue you may encounter in this duration. So avoid spicy and greasy foods and other things to control it.
If you are still confused about what is causing the problem, then keep a record of what you are eating. You can figure out the issue more easily with it.
Braxton Hicks contraction:
This time uterus may sense some tightness as it practising labour. Braxton Hicks at this week are completely normal.
If they really causing the issue, try drinking some water or changing positions.
If causing any problem, you can call your health care provider.
Dry and itchy skin:
Your skin is stretching more this time as your bump is growing, making it drier and irritated as the day passes.
Your skin is stretching over your growing bump, making it drier and more irritated by the day.
You can apply pregnancy-safe body oil or lotion to avoid any skin issue and stay moisturized and expectantly less itchy.
In case if you develop any rashes, you can consult your doctor.
Skin is getting thin as the baby is growing in this duration, causing tiny tears beneath the surface of your skin.
In many cases, it is very common to women because of heredity or due to rapid weight gain. And this is more common in women who are 21 weeks pregnant with twins.
There is no absolute solution to these stretch marks but these can fade after birth.
You may experience extra estrogen during the pregnancy which can make your hair and nails grow faster.
You can take the manicure and pedicure for this duration. You can have long hair at this stage.
You may be observed that your breast is leaking while pregnant. This liquid is exactly not breast milk.
It is colostrum (a thick, yellowish, nutrient contained fluid) that going to be the baby’s first food in the coming days.
Your life at 21 weeks
During this week, there is a lot to think about and that’s why we listed some topics to help you.
You should approach doula or not? It is a common question that comes to mind sometimes during the second half of your journey.
A doula is experienced and trained in childbirth, but actually, they do not deliver the baby.
They are just here to provide you with all the support or any help during your labour.
You do not need to think about it instantly, but can be helpful for the future.
American pregnancy association estimated that 50-70% of women in this duration face back pain at some point.
Chiropractic care or therapy can be helpful at this point when you have to keep in mind both prenatal and postpartum back pain.
This time you may be finding some baby stuff online, but you are still confused with all these, as choices are endless.
You have various options for essential baby gear.
You can book a maternity shoot and if want to schedule it, then the best time is to do usually between 30-36 weeks.
But if you are not interested in any kind of shoot, then it’s ok too!
You can also check for 20 weeks pregnant blog.