At 21 weeks pregnant, you should enjoy these light movements. Your baby is growing out of space in the uterus and you will feel her kicks more sharply these coming weeks. She’s getting more detailed facial features such as little eyebrows and eyelids. She has fully formed eyes but her eyelids remain fully sealed.
This week, your baby is putting her digestive system to practice and swallowing a lot of amniotic fluid which will help her plump out. This mixed with the hairs that will shed off her skin will form meconium which the baby will expel as her first poop. Her big development this week is that her taste buds are now active. She can taste the amniotic fluid and its taste changes day to day depending on the kinds of food that you are eating.
Your baby is now the size of a large banana, weighs about 320 grams and measures 21 cm long.
Your changing body
When you are 21 weeks pregnant, you likely no longer feel queasy or experience morning sickness, hurray! You are also likely to experience a spike in appetite this trimester. You have noticeably added weight, about 6 kgs on average and you are probably not feeling very good about how you look. You can reach out for support from other pregnant women or new mothers through our Whatsapp Groups. Share your contact with [email protected].
Do other members of your family have varicose veins? If yes, then you are prone to developing them at this stage(21 Weeks Pregnant). Varicose veins come as a result of increasing pressure on the veins in your legs. You can reduce them by doing light exercises, making a habit of propping your feet and learning to sleep on your left side.
This week’s tip: Tip: “In the middle of my second trimester, my face broke out. I wasn’t allowed to use any over the counter break out creams or pills. I committed to a high daily water intake and I made sure to cleanse my face with a gentle cleanser twice daily. They didn’t all go away but my face improved significantly,” Naomi Gembe, a new mother of a four month old girl explains how she dealt with a bout of skin break out. Natural beauty and healthy tips can also really help! But there are also tutorials on YouTube on how to apply makeup and make it look natural.