At week 21 in your pregnancy, your baby is starting to really hit his (or her) stride in growth. Last week, your baby may have been about the size of mango but now (s)he’s graduated to a banana.
Yes, you have a banana inside your belly and it’s only going to get bigger.
What to Expect with Physiological Development
Right now your baby still has plenty of room in your womb. Soon, though, things will start to feel more cramped. Your developing baby is going to be sleeping about as much as a newborn, which is generally between 12 and 14 hours a day.
Your baby’s taste buds are developing and she’s beginning to swallow some of that amniotic fluid. It’s the stay hydrated but also to begin practicing the swallowing technique.
Your 21 Week Ultrasound
If you’ve waited for week 21 to get an ultrasound, you not only can find out what gender your baby is, but you’ll also likely see quite a bit of movement. Your baby will be sleeping up to 14 hours a day, but when she’s awake it’s all about exploring the world around her.
If you want to help energize your baby for the ultrasound, you might want to consider eating something flavorful beforehand. Your baby is getting to taste the foods you eat and new experiences can get him moving at an upbeat tempo.
Changes in You
One thing you’re likely going to notice now during week 21 is the stretch marks. Yes, that’s right … we said stretch marks. A lot of women have a difficult time emotionally dealing with stretch marks, but try not to think about it as changing your appearance, but developing the badge of honor that comes with pregnancy.
What You Should be Doing
Exercise. Well, you should be exercising throughout this pregnancy, but now is the time to begin focusing on low-impact exercises, such as yoga, swimming, and walking.
Your ligaments are going to be weaker now, though, due to relaxing moving through your body, so just take care when you do begin to exercise.
Ending Week 21
As you end week 21, you should pay attention to the foods you eat, avoid the temptation to gorge on meals, and add some variety of vegetables and other nutritious foods to your diet. Research indicates that babies who are exposed to more foods in utero are more likely to take to them once they hit the high chair.