What to Expect when You’re 21 Weeks Pregnant
At 21 weeks pregnant, your baby is about ten and a half inches long (the length of a big carrot!) and as round as a cantaloupe! He or she should weigh approximately twelve ounces – so you’ll definitely be starting to feel the difference. The baby is very active in the womb at this stage. You (and probably your partner) will be able to feel all sorts of acrobatics! The senses are now very well developed and he or she even has eyebrows!
Common Symptoms at 21 Weeks Pregnant
You may have developed cramps during pregnancy week 19 or 20. These are likely to continue into later pregnancy, especially when you’ve had an active day. It seems kind of backward, but staying active will help counteract this. If the cramps are severe or persistent, it’s worth making an appointment with your doctor to discuss possible causes.
At this stage, some serious cravings can start to kick in. It can be tempting to go for an ‘eating for two’ pregnant diet consisting of four-course meals, sugar overload, and constant snacking. Try to avoid this! Not only can an overload of sugar cause you to gain pounds you’ll find it hard to lose after delivery, it can also contribute to Gestational Diabetes which can cause serious problems later on. The safest, and most satisfying, pregnancy diets are ones where you keep hunger at bay by grazing healthily all day.
Worry and anxiety are very normal symptoms at this stage – especially as your pregnancy due date draws ever nearer. You’re probably thinking more and more about giving birth. You’re anxious about whether the rest of your pregnancy and your delivery will go well. Our advice is to make sure you’re enrolled in quality childbirth education classes and have an excellent midwife or obstetrician. You should also communicate regularly about how you feel with your partner (they certainly have anxious moments, too!).
To Do List
By now you are really well versed on the details of pregnancy. It’s likely that your prenatal classes will move on to topics around the actual birth. You may even get to watch a pregnancy delivery video at one of your classes! Make sure that your partner is present for that session – they need to know what to expect just as much as you do!
If you are experiencing anxiety and are unsure if any of your symptoms are normal or you may have a pregnancy problem, check with your prenatal care person about the symptoms and develop an emergency plan in case anything should go wrong. If there is a crisis pregnancy center nearby, find out the number and have it on hand to help give you peace of mind. You may also find this list of unusual pregnancy symptoms helpful.
That said, remember that feeling anxious is a normal part of being a good expectant parent and wanting to get it right. Be observant of your body’s changes and note anything unusual, but don’t let the worry take over!
Great Snacks for a Healthy Diet During Pregnancy
The best way to curb pregnancy cravings is to have lots of small, nutritious meals throughout the day. We share some fabulous snack ideas and recipes so you won’t be tempted to overload on sugar or unhealthy fats.
If your body is starting to feel the toll of carrying around a cantaloupe-sized baby, relief is available! We introduce you to a range of tips, tools, and exercises to help ease aches, pains, and cramping during pregnancy, including the maternity support belt, pregnancy pillows and wedges and stretches and exercises you can use.
As well as physical fitness during pregnancy, a calm and positive mindset is proven to be beneficial to both you and your baby. In this article, we explore how pregnancy yoga, meditation, and music can enhance your pregnancy.