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21 weeks pregnant

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You have now completed twenty one weeks of pregnancy.

Your baby at this stage (21 weeks)

The baby’s eyebrows and eyelids are now completely formed and her fingernails now cover fingertips. You are likely to start feeling the baby’s movements between weeks 20 to 22. If you have already started feeling the movements then you can look forward to much more action happening inside your belly in the coming weeks. As you get to know her better, you could discover a pattern of her activity.

Around now, the baby’s memory is also starting to develop. She will not remember being in the womb but she will feel comforted by the sound of your voice once she is born.

Your symptoms at this stage (21 weeks)

You might be gaining weight faster than before now and would have to adjust to your size. It is possible that you may feel a little clumsy these days. This is mainly due to the shift in your centre of gravity due to the bump and weight gain. Also, due to pregnancy hormones your fingers and other joints are also loosening a bit.

There is no accurate formula to find out how big your bump should be. It is likely that you may be feeling that your bump may be too small or too big for your stage of pregnancy. If you have any major concerns discuss them with your doctor. However, most likely these are normal apprehensions which every mother to be feels.

Your life at this stage

Your anomaly scan would be done between 18 weeks and 20 weeks plus 6 days. For some mums to be, it may be found in this scan that they have a condition called placenta previa. This means that the placenta is lying low. It may be over or near the cervix.

If it is diagnosed for you, then be assured that there is still time that the placenta to move up and away from the cervix by the time of your baby’s birth. However, the doctor will check this with another scan during third trimester just to be sure. If it still persists, your doctor willadvice you to have a c-section instead of normal delivery.

Important things to keep in mind

  • You must be wondering if it’s a boy or a girl.Listening to some old wives tales from elder and experienced women in your neighbourhood or family could be a lot of fun.
  • Are you enjoying a fitness routine? Try to be active but do not overdo it. Always exercise safely.
  • You might be having some vivid dreams and it is perfectly normal to have dreams during pregnancy.