You may be experiencing stomach troubles at 21 weeks pregnant, and your baby is now being measured from head to toe.
How Big is Your Baby at 21 Weeks?
Your baby is 10.5 inches long and now weighs a little over 12 ounces (about 3/4 of a pound). That’s about the size of a My Little Pony.
Here’s what else to know when you’re 21 weeks pregnant:
- Your Baby
- Your Body
- Your Life
- 21 Weeks Ultrasound
- Real Mom Bumps at 21 Weeks Pregnant
Your Baby’s Development at 21 Weeks
You know your baby is growing fast, but how do you explain the big jump in inches? Baby’s being measured differently now. See what else is happening this week.
- Baby size: How did your baby jump from 6.5 inches to 10.5 inches in one week? Baby’s growth isn’t that crazy—it’s just being measured differently now. This week, the measurement changes from butt to head (aka crown to rump) to head to toe (aka crown to heel). Your growing baby is finally starting to stretch out its legs, so they can be more accurately measured in ultrasounds.
- Reproductive system: It may seem premature, but your baby is developing its ability to have babies. Pretty meta, huh? Males are developing their testes, while females are developing their ovaries and all of the eggs they will have in their life—about a million.
- Eyelids: In other fetal development news, your baby’s eyelids are developing this week, but it’ll take a while longer before they nail a cute wink.
- Baby moving: This week, if you were to push on your belly, your baby would shimmy out of the way because their skin now responds to touch.
21 Weeks Pregnant Fetal Movement
As your baby grows, you’ll feel them moving more and more. What starts to feel like a butterfly flutter around weeks 18 to 20 will develop into cute kicks and jabs—and then (brace yourself) full-on dancing on your bladder in the third trimester.
You might notice that baby isn’t always cooperative when it comes to when they move. You may find your baby is still while you’re up and walking around, and then when it’s time for you to rest, baby moves around like crazy. Consider this prep for the future—newborns are on their very own schedules, and we’re the ones who need to adapt to them.
21 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
Pregnancy Symptoms at 21 Weeks: Your Body
You may be experiencing exciting side effects like strong nails and luscious hair now that you’re a bit more than halfway through your pregnancy. On the other hand, you may get heartburn or other bodily discomforts. Here’s what may be happening with you this week.
- Extra estrogen during pregnancy might cause your hair and nails to grow quicker. It’s time to get your manicure and pedicure. Your hair will also have longer development phases, resulting in less shedding.
- Itchy skin: As your belly grows, you may notice that your skin becomes dry and itchy. To relieve the itch, avoid hot showers and instead try a cool oatmeal bath or use unscented lotion.
- Heartburn and indigestion: All that expansion puts additional strain on your intestines and stomach, which might result in some unpleasant digestive symptoms. Avoid hot and oily foods, eat at least an hour before lying down, and eat smaller meals—perhaps five or six mini-meals each day instead of three large ones. Most over-the-counter antacids are safe to take during pregnancy but see your doctor first. Some pregnant women find that eating yogurt, drinking milk, or combining a tablespoon of honey with warm milk helps with heartburn. Consult your doctor if your heartburn or indigestion becomes unbearable or does not improve no matter what you do.
- Breast leaking: You may be astonished to discover that your breasts are leaking when pregnant. That liquid isn’t the same as breast milk. Colostrum is a thick, yellowish, nutrient-dense fluid that will be your baby’s first diet for a few days if you opt to nurse.
- Braxton Hicks contractions: If you feel a tightening in your stomach that goes gone, you may be experiencing “false” contractions. Braxton Hicks contractions are usual around 21 weeks. If they irritate you, try drinking some water or shifting your position. If they don’t go away or grow more frequently, you should contact your doctor since they might be labor contractions.
21 Weeks in Your Life Pregnant
Oh, doulas, chiropractors, and baby stuff! There will be lots to think about as the weeks pass, but we’ve limited it down to a few key subjects to get you started.
- Doula 411: Should You Hire a Doula? It’s a question that normally occurs during the second half of your pregnancy. Doulas are trained and skilled in birthing, but they do not deliver your baby, unlike midwives and physicians. Doulas, on the other hand, are there to offer you with any assistance you require throughout childbirth. They will frequently assist you in your postpartum journey as well. You don’t have to make a choice right away, but it might be beneficial to consider whether having a doula is something you want to pursue. You’ll need time to investigate local doulas in your region and form a relationship with anyone you decide on.
- Beneficial to your health: According to the American Pregnancy Association, 50 to 70 percent of pregnant women may have back
- discomfort at some time. When it comes to treating and avoiding both pregnant and postpartum back pain, chiropractic care or massage therapy can be quite effective. Just make sure you choose someone who is professionally trained in prenatal or perinatal care.
- The bare essentials: If you’ve ever done any online baby shopping, you’ll know that the possibilities are nearly limitless. Do you want a changing table that also serves as a scale? Not an issue. What about a cradle that automatically rocked your infant to sleep? Done and finished. Regardless of how great these new devices are, you really don’t need much when it comes to bringing baby home from the hospital. If you prefer to be a minimalist, skip the gadgets in favor of the true must-haves. Here’s our list of must-have baby items.
- Schedule a maternity shoot (or don’t): If you wish to plan maternity photographs, you should do it between 30 and 36 weeks. Use the next few weeks to locate and price local photographers. Don’t want to do a maternity shoot? That’s OK, too!
Your Belly at 21 Weeks Pregnant
Weight growth should continue at roughly a pound each week at 21 weeks pregnant. Your pregnant tummy is fast expanding—you may now be able to feel the top of your uterus with your fingertips approximately a half-inch above your belly button.
They may begin measuring your fundal height—the distance between the pubic bone and the top of your uterus—at your OB sessions right now. It aids in monitoring the baby’s development and amniotic fluid level.
Real Moms’ 21-Week-Old Baby Bump