Your Pregnancy: Week 21

Pregnancy week by week: You are 21 weeks pregnant


 

Your Body

Feeling fat? Think of yourself as voluptuous, and stop hiding the twins under baggy sweatshirts. Flaunt your new cleavage and wear form-fitting maternity tops. The upside to your new body is that it’s temporary and in roughly four months you will be a mother, something you’ve dreamed of.

Since your body is cranking out more blood, it requires more iron. Ensure your pregnancy diet is rounded out with iron-rich foods like beans, lentils, chick peas, dark, leafy greens like spinach, artichokes, soy-based foods, iron-enriched cereals, red meat and shellfish.

You might consider putting your stilettos in storage. Your centre of gravity has changed due to your expanding belly, and pregnancy hormones are loosening joints and making your clumsy. Maintaining your balance will become more of a challenge so be careful.

Baby’s World

From crown to rump, he is 18 cm. (7 in.) and weighs 300 g (0.66 lb.); he’s roughly the size of a carrot. His eyelids and eyebrows have finished growing, and his fingernails are full-length. His hiccups are good practice for breathing and swallowing amniotic fluids for eating. His stomach is capable of absorbing the nutrients floating in the amniotic fluid and can account for his growth spurt. His spleen and liver were generating blood cells until recently but now it is the function of his bone marrow. He may sleep nearly as many hours as a newborn — up to 14 each day but is typically active late at night, much to mom’s chagrin. By playing music, talking, reading and singing to him, you bond with baby early on.

Fun Fact

By ingesting amniotic fluid, the fetus eats what you eat. A couple of hours after dining on spicy Mexican fare, your baby might be kicking up a storm.

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