21 Weeks Pregnant- Signs and Symptoms

21 Weeks Pregnant by Leacey Bachhuber, 2010

Through your growing belly, you can expect to start feeling a little foot or hand, both you and your partner will be elated to feel the little guy or girl moving around inside of the uterus.

Many babies may also start hiccupping at this stage of their development. Most babies will hiccup inside of the womb during pregnancy.

Some pregnant women may experience a bluish or blotchy appearance in their skin, on their face, arms, shoulders and legs. These blotchy patches are commonly called called spider naevi and are tiny dilated blood vessels, usually caused by high levels of estrogen while pregnant.

You will also start to produce colustrum, which is an essential nutrient for your babies first few feeds after the babies born once you start breastfeeding. Colostrum is a clear, yellowish fluid.

You’ll also notice that your average weight gain during this week is a little more than you have experienced for the last couple of weeks.

Weird pregnancy cravings are also common this week, so don’t be surprised if you want to eat something that is non editable. Cravings for non edible food is known as Pica and is linked to your body craving different trace elements.

You may also notice some swelling in your lower legs and feet, particularly at the end of the day. Try to get as much rest as possible throughout the day and put your feet up. Avoid sitting for long periods or sitting cross legged.

Swelling can be caused by water retention and a pregnancy hormone called relaxin, which loosens the ligaments in your feet.

It’s important that you get enough exercise to maintain a degree of fitness. Exercising and gentle stretching help in the circulation of your blood and bodily fluids, also helping to reduce swelling and fluid retention.

Eat a good balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.

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