08 June 2012

21weeks Pregnancy Info

Length: 10.51 inches
Weight: 12.70 ounces

Maternal Changes
Are you hungrier than ever? With your baby growing so fast, you will need extra calories and snacks. Choose high protein snacks that will keep sugar levels moderated. Crackers, cheese, fresh fruit, veggies, raisins, and lean meats are essential. Listen to your appetite changes to decide what you need. Your uterus is now reaching an inch over your belly button which means maternity clothes are a must. Swelling in the feet and ankles is common, and your back pain is probably not getting any better. Keep stretching and exercising as much as you can. Talk to you doctor about recommendations if you suffer from heartburn. Avoid large, heavy meals before bed.

Fetal Changes
This week your baby will learn the most biological of functions. The circadian rhythm. This means they will sleep and wake in cycles, much like the ones they will have when they are born. Your baby is about the size and weight of a ripened banana. The fetus is still very skinny and your baby's skin is still translucent. The brain begins another period of rapid growth and your baby is able to swallow amniotic fluid. The weight gain will slow just a little as brain function and heart function take center stage for the next few weeks. Fingernails, toenails, eyelashes, eyebrows and other minor details are all now happily in place!

Tip of the Week
Make sure that dad to be gets some time to bond with baby. He can read books, sing songs, talk to the baby, and rub your belly for some bonding time. Remember the baby can hear you. Mom also needs to remember that the baby can sense his anxiety levels. It is important to be calm and relaxed, which will soothe your baby. The two of you may begin thinking of names. This can be a difficult, but fun decision. Just remember it will stick with your child for the rest of his or her life. Name wisely! Did you find out the sex? Make sure you record your feelings in that pregnancy journal you started over 10 weeks ago. Didn't start one? Now is the time.

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