What’s happening with your baby in Week 21?
- At this point your baby measures in 7 inches in length, weighing it at about 10 ½ oz.
- Bone marrow is now capable of producing functional blood cells.
- This is the beginning phase of all system maturing gradually.
- Amniotic fluid is swallowed and digested, which prepares the baby’s digestion for the future. It also helps the baby hydrate.
- Eyebrows and eyelids are completely developed by now, with eyes starting to move around.
- Generally, weight gain has been stabilized now and should be constant all the way to the end of the pregnancy.
What’s happening with you in Week 21?
- Blood pressure is bound to stay lower this week as well.
- The increased production of plasma might create some imbalances in terms of your blood, so make sure to consume enough iron so that your red blood cells’ production can catch up.
- Weight gain should also be stabilized by this point.
- Your breasts might be packed with purple or blue blood vessels.
Useful information for Week 21
- Pregnancy has a significant effect on the smooth types of muscles like your bowels, hair follicles, uterus etc. These tend to relax during pregnancy.
- Labor muscles are also controlled with these, reacting impulsively.
- Some minor contractions might be experienced here. These are called Braxton Hicks contraction and this is completely normal.
Advices for Week 21
- You need to keep an eye out for Braxton Hicks contraptions to see if these are intensifying. If they do, visit your doctor to discuss the problem as this might indicate labor which will happen prematurely.
- It’s a good idea to start researching the procedure of labor on its own, preparing yourself mentally for the process. Meditation is a great way of preparing yourself for it.
If you’re traveling a lot, try to stay away from tap water as well as ice cubes. Unfortunately, this is a highly contagious source of bacteria in a lot of developed world’s countries. Just make sure to drink bottled water or bring some from home if you have a safe and clean source of water.