21 Weeks Pregnant

21 Weeks Pregnant – My Growing Baby

My growing baby is now 8 ½ inches long and weighs 12 ounces.*  My baby is now more than half way to making a presence.

21 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my baby

My baby has all of it’s parts and is looking more and more like a little human.  From much of this point forward the changes are about details and getting bigger.  Eyelids will be complete this week along the vagina if she is a girl.  Your baby is more active now and the movements are more noticeable to you.  One frustration may occur and that is the reality that your baby is on a different schedule than you.*

21 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me

You should be able to feel your uterus if you take your fingers and feel about 1/2 an inch above your belly button. Questions about your pregnancy should be coming more common as people notice your bump. You may also begin to experience swelling in your legs and feet.  Most people enjoy this part of pregnancy the most because it does not have the discomfort of the third trimester and you are past the nausea and morning sickness related to the first trimester.*

21 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week

Varicose veins may be developing as you gain weight in this part of your pregnancy.  This is normal and the good news is that most of these should leave after the pregnancy.  This is primarily due to the increase in blood flow.  Varicose veins may appear as dark bluish spots or more obviously swollen veins.

21 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips

Bladder infections are more frequently experienced during pregnancy.  The enlarged uterus has the potential to block urine from emptying out of the bladder.  Your bladder infection can lead to a kidney infection causing more probelms.  The best thing to do is to take steps to try and prevent bladder infections.  Here are some steps you can take to lessen your chances of having a bladder infection:

  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water each day and unsweetened cranberry juice regularly
  • After urinating, wipe from the front toward the back
  • Urinate before and after intercourse
  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting pants
  • Wear all cotton or cotton-crotch underwear and pantyhose

21 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner

Sexual intercourse can increase the chances of your partner experiencing a bladder infection.  You can help your partner avoid or prevent bladder infections by making sure that you are clean by taking a shower and getting your partner to go to the bathroom prior to sex occuring.  ese small acts can help her avoid the pain and discomfort that is associated with a UTI.

Last Updated: 11/2012

* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception.  Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman.  It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.

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