21st Week Pregnancy - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes

21st week pregnancy

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As you keep moving along with the ups and downs of pregnancy, one fine day you will find out that you are beyond the half point of your phase.

From now on, don’t try to be graceful with your walk. Learn to appreciate the waddle you will have to live with for another 19 weeks or so. Stop feeling guilty about being clumsy as well.

21 Weeks Pregnant:

The pregnancy hormones not just aid with the needs of your growing baby, but they also tamper with your body structure. Such as loosening up all of your bone joints, increasing blood volume, changing your center of gravity or playing with your blood pressure. Your growing tummy makes sleeping positions uncomfortable that adds to your woes.

Your baby will be testing your patience by becoming active and kicking around as soon as you try to catch 40 winks! Sounds thrilling aren’t it? Keep an eye on your weight and enjoy every moment while waiting for the D-day.

Changes In Your Body:

Now that you are in the second half of your

pregnancy, you will notice incredible changes in your body and also in your baby. Here are the changes that occur in your body during the 21st week pregnancy:

  • There is no more hiding your bump as it peeps out through your dresses unless you make extra efforts to hide it.
  • You will see changes in the appearance of your belly button, which may lie flat now. Soon your growing baby will push it outwards.
  • Your uterus is lying nearly ½ inch above your belly button now. You can feel it clearly if you know where to look for.
  • You are growing big and it is not just your belly. Your breasts, feet or hands may appear swollen as well.
  • The average weight gain for week 21 would be around 15 pounds. There is no way you can stop eating as your appetite is on fire.

Some more changes that you will feel during your 21st week of pregnancy:

[ Read: Breast Changes During Pregnancy ]

1. Cramps And Aches:

The changes in your body will cause unpopular aches and cramps in your legs.

  • This is the time to put up your feet and act like a queen.
  • It is also time to put away your heels and go for flats.
  • Wear clothes that keep you comfortable.

[ Read: Wearing Heels During Pregnancy ]

2. Uplifting Your Mood:

The second half of your pregnancy will bring in a sense of peace and security.

  • Knowing you have crossed a major milestone may give a lot of positive strokes to your mood.
  • It may also re-establish a sense of control in you.

Apart from the above stated some discomfort and pregnancy symptoms may continue to bother you. But by now you have learnt to cope with them.

  • You will continue to have heartburn, as your uterus continues to grow and push your innards upwards.
  • The Braxton-Hicks contractions will continue to increase in frequency.

3. Chloasma – The Mask of Pregnancy:

Look out for the appearance of chloasma which is popularly known as the ‘Mask of Pregnancy’. It is also called Melasma or Chlosma as well.

  • This is a skin condition where dark splotchy spots appear on your facial skin.
  • This is due to increased skin pigmentation caused by hormonal changes in your body.
  • Typically it will cover your cheeks and forehead.

Don’t worry, as there is a chance that you may be among those 50% of women who will not be affected by this skin condition. You can prevent the pregnancy chloasma by wearing sunscreen and protecting your skin from direct harsh rays of the sun; since exposure to the direct sun increases your chances of getting these dark spots.

21 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms And Signs:

You have read about symptoms that look dangerous and are a normal part of your pregnancy. But there are some signs and symptoms which should never be ignored especially during 22 weeks of pregnancy. Here they are that need to be brought to the attention of your health care provider immediately.

1. Increased Thirst:

It is natural for your appetite to increase during your pregnancy; hence a slight increase in your thirst will be expected. But if you feel there is a sudden increase in your thirst which may be accompanied with the dark yellow color of your urine; it could be a sign that you are dehydrated.

  • Take in plenty of fluids to replace the water content in your body.
  • Dehydration is not good for you whether you are a pregnant or not.
  • Gestational diabetes, on the other hand, will increase your thirst and urine output at the same time.
  • Bring this to the notice of your health care provider to keep yourself and your baby safe.