What's going on with you?
At 21 weeks pregnant your breasts will have
grown much bigger and you may find them leaking out some yellow
fluid at times. This fluid is called colostrum which will be the
first milk your baby should receive after he or she is born. Colostrum
is important because it provides the perfect nourishment for any
also contains antibodies to protect your baby's mucus membranes
from germs, leukocytes (white cells) which destroy bacteria, Vitamin
K to help prevent bleeding and Vitamin A required for good vision.
You may line your bra
with thin pads to keep your chest area dry.
Meanwhile, your waistline
is likely to have already disappeared and shows proudly to the world
that you are pregnant. You may also experience swelling of your
feet or ankles after a long day. Drink plenty of water and rest
with your feet up to help reduce any swelling. Light exercise like
walking and swimming will also help with this.
You may also find that
this week brings about a lot of emotional lows like anxiety, restlessness
or depression. This is normal and should pass with time. If it persists
then you should seek assistance from a qualified health professional.
21 weeks pregnant
- What's going on with baby?
At 21 weeks pregnant, your baby is about
7 inches long and layers of fat will cover his or her body for added
warmth. During this week, your baby's brain cell production reduces
so that those that are already created can develop further and form
more complex structures. 21 weeks also means that your baby's hearing
is now so acute that he or she can easily be startled by loud noises.
Your baby's digestive
system is also stronger and he or she can also hiccup. This is normal
and natural. Another important thing that your baby will do this
week is begin moving their body so that their head faces downwards
in readiness for their future birth. Your baby is likely to
stay in this position till that day arrives.