You are now 21 weeks pregnant (or in your 22nd week if that’s how you prefer to count it).
How your baby’s growing
Your baby now weighs about 360 grams. Up until now she has been measured from crown to rump but from this point on the measurement will be from crown to heel. And from crown to heel she is approximately 27 centimeters long. Her eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed and her fingernails now cover her fingertips.
Watch what you say from now on because she will probably hear you. You can communicate by talking, singing (use our lullaby lyrics, if you’re a bit rusty) or why not try reading aloud? Some studies suggest a newborn will suck more vigorously when you feed if you read from a book frequently heard in utero. Choose a children’s classic, take a look at some of our parent’s favorites or use one of your own books — whatever you prefer. Read more information on your baby’s development this week
How your life’s changing
It’s hard to be graceful when you’re pregnant so don’t be surprised if you find yourself getting more clumsy these days. You’re carrying more weight, your center of gravity has changed with your growing uterus, and your fingers, toes, and other joints are all loosening, thanks to the effect of pregnancy hormones. Try to watch where you’re going, and if you haven’t already done so, say goodbye to high heels. They make keeping your balance more difficult, and can cause backaches.
Just how much weight you will gain by the end of pregnancy may be on your mind. Doctors are much more relaxed about weight gain in pregnancy now. Take the same approach and give yourself a break. It’s also best not to worry immediately about losing weight after you’ve had your baby as your body can take anything from a few months to a year to recover nutrients used up during pregnancy.
Do see your midwife or doctor, however, if your weight is soaring or plummeting. They will usually check to see if your abdomen is measuring about right for your dates. If you are large-for-dates further investigations can be arranged to find out why.
Pregnancy Tip: A treat for your feet
“A quick remedy I’ve found for swollen feet is to wrap them in a cold wet cloth before I put them up.” — Kate