How Big is Baby?
Your baby is as long as a carrot, and his skin now responds to touch. If you put pressure on your belly, he'll move away or push back.
Baby's Length: 10.51in.
Baby's Weight: 12.70oz.
Mom's Changing Body
When looking in the mirror these days, it might be hard to adjust to what you're seeing. But that's okay! Every woman has at least one of those "Oh, my gosh, what's happening to me?" moments during pregnancy. It's important to keep in mind that these nine months are a tiny little blip in the radar of your life, and you'll have your pre-baby body back (or at least something close to it) soon enough. In the meantime, appreciate your newfound voluptuousness. Show off your belly with a fitted T-shirt instead of hiding it under a tented top. And, hey, there's nothing wrong with flashing a little of that amazing new cleavage.
You're officially halfway through your pregnancy, and baby is halfway to his birth size, too—and growing fast. Part of his growth spurt at this point is likely because his stomach is now equipped to start absorbing energy-boosting nutrients from the amniotic fluid he's swallowing in there. Most of your baby's nourishment is still coming directly from the placenta, though.
Feeling stressed? Be sure to take time to unwind, get enough sleep and fit regular exercise into your schedule now. Chronic high levels of stress and anxiety can have adverse effects on your pregnancy, including premature birth and low birth weight. Don't get too worried about worrying, though. Major life events such as a death in the family are more likely to have an impact on the baby than, say, getting stuck in traffic.
Week 21 Ultrasound
This profile image not only shows how your baby-to-be's bones and skeletal structures are forming, but also his lungs. Looking at his chest, the sonographer can identify the heart and lung tissue.
What Week 21 of Your Pregnancy Is Really Like
Pregnancy Confidential Podcast
The Weird and Unnecessary Advice You Get When Pregnant (And How to Totally Ignore It)
It's Week 21 of your pregnancy and you're finally getting the hang of this business of being with child. You might even have a good idea of what kind of parent you'll be (a good one, duh). But just as you start to gain some confidence as a mom-to-be, you're knocked down again by the lady in line at Subway who questions whether your choice of sandwich is appropriate for your condition. Congrats! You have a bump and it's officially open-season for anyone and everyone to give you baseless, unsolicited advice and nosy questions. In this episode, we'll discuss the worst we've heard and how to deflect criticism with panache.
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This Week's FAQs
What Causes Congestion and Nosebleeds in Pregnancy?Your nose may bleed unexpectedly during pregnancy, and you might also have some congestion. Find out what causes these strange symptoms and how to feel better.
Why Am I So Mad? Dealing with Anger During PregnancyPregnancy mood swings are no one's friend. But what happens if they make you so angry that you see red? Get the scoop on this tough pregnancy emotion, plus tips on how to deal.
Can Pregnant Women Eat Seafood? Here's What Fish Is Safe During Pregnancy and How Much to EatWith conflicting research and concerns about mercury levels, there’s plenty of confusion about whether fish is safe for pregnancy. Here, we break down the latest guidelines for expectant parents.
Shortness of Breath During Pregnancy: When Should I Worry?It can feel harder to catch your breath while expecting. Find out what causes shortness of breath during pregnancy, how to feel better, and whether you need to worry.