Week 21

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It’s a wonderful stage to be pregnant, your bump is proudly exposed, and you’re not too heavy and tired just yet, making it possible to still go about your daily routine with relative ease. Max out on this period by ticking off as many items on your to-do list as possible – especially ones that require energy.

Your Baby

Now the size of a pomegranate, your little button is 360 grams and 26.7cm long. Very soon you will begin to feel as if you may be housing the next Karate kid. Your baby is taking full advantage of the space available to practice moving their limbs around. In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows, hair, and lids are now present and their taste buds are formed.

Your Body

Your little one may be leaving their mark in the form of stretch marks. These marks are unavoidable, and are your body’s reaction to rapidly stretched skin. Only one in two women get them, and you’re a likely candidate if your mom got them while she was pregnant. Stretching skin also results in itchy skin, which can be rather irritating – a bit like Chinese torture. On a happier note, those light-fluttering movements you started feeling a few weeks back are becoming far more distinct, which is just a reminder to let you know that those stretch mark ‘tattoos’ will all be worth it in the end.

Sensible Tips

  • Now would be a good time to whip out the baby book you’ve light heartedly been paging through over the past few months. The “name game” is not always as easy as it seems. Some partners really struggle to come up with a name that they both approve, so make sure you brainstorm some options to narrow down the list.
  • If you have decided to go the natural route, familiarize yourself with the pain relief options available.
  • Treat yourself to a pregnancy pamper day.