Week by Week Pregnancy Guide: 21 Weeks
Wow! It’s awesome to announce to you that you have just completed the first half of your pregnancy journey and you are in the second half of it now that you are 21 weeks pregnant. Therefore, at this stage, there are quite a number of things that are expected to have taken place within you as regards the baby you are carrying and yourself.
At this stage, the eyebrows as well as the eyelids of your baby would have been fully formed so that there is the likelihood that they can now blink. Also, the taste buds of the baby would be functioning now, and as such, she can taste different kinds of flavors, although, this depends on the things that you are eating and those things that are going into your amniotic fluid.
While the weight of your baby is advancing, an amazing thing about her is that she will be drinking amniotic fluid frequently to cater for her hydration and nutrition. More so, she will be urinating in the fluid as well as breathing in and out. A unique thing about the fluid pool is that it refreshes itself regularly at every three hours.
Talking about the size of your baby, measuring her from the crown to the heel level, she is around 10 and a half inches long. And then, based on her weight, she is around 11 or 12 and a half ounces which is like the size of a large carrot. Then, beautiful enough, your baby has developed to the level where she can sleep just like a newborn baby.
On the development of your baby’s hair, the hair on her head and that of the eyebrows will be getting a little thicker now at the roots level while it will also be showing some signs of pigment.
And on your own part, it is possible you will be feeling some mild headaches. This is caused by your hormones or as a result of dehydration. But then, bear in mind that any headache that lasts longer than two to three hours and does not go after using paracetamol is possible to mean that you have a high blood pressure.
At this stage, it is most likely you begin to feel the turning, kicking, and twisting of your baby in the womb. Also, it is possible your appetite for food increases so that some of the foods you detested before are beginning to be of interest to you again. Just remember you need that nutritious fuel that will keep you and the baby nourished as the journey continues.
By virtue of the increase in the pressure that your uterus is making on your rectum, it is possible you bloat. For this, take enough water and eat foods that are rich in fiber so that you will not constipate.
In this your 21 weeks pregnant, take time to exercise yourself, only that it should be at a mild level. And then, try not to sit in such a way that your knees will be higher than your hips. If you find your legs swollen, take time to walk around.