Your baby's blood circulation is completely functional. The umbilical cord system continues to grow and thicken as blood travels with considerable force through the body to nurture the baby. The placenta is now almost equal in size to the baby.
Your baby will be getting much larger during the second half of your pregnancy. Your baby's crown-to-rump length at this time is 7.2 inches and she weighs approximately 10.5 ounces. Your growing baby is about the size of a large banana. You should be able to feel your uterus about a half of an inch above your navel. Your weight gain so far will be around 10 to 15 pounds.
As your baby begins to lay down more fat, your weight will also increase. During the next 10 weeks, you will gain about half of the total gain for your entire pregnancy. Strangers can now tell that you are pregnant! You might notice an increase in appetite because you need 500 more calories a day to support your charged up metabolism. It is best to avoid processed foods or foods high in fat, calories or sugar. Some women also get strong cravings for foods. If you notice a craving for something unhealthy, you should contact your doctor. Craving for unusual things is known as pica. Some women crave cigarette ashes, charcoal, beer and other non-food items during this time.
Your baby's different organs and systems are maturing. The fetal digestive system is functioning in a simple way and your baby can swallow amniotic fluid. After your baby swallows the amniotic fluid, she is able to absorb water and sugars from the fluid and then the waste is passed as far as the large bowel. Your baby swallows the amniotic fluid in order to prepare itself for life outside of the womb. Some babies consume as much as 17 ounces of amniotic fluid in a 24-hour period. Your baby already has a high number of red blood cells and the white blood cells are beginning to be produced. Taste buds are being formed on your baby's tongue this week also.
Don't be surprised if your legs and feet become swollen throughout the day. You should try to get off of your feet some throughout the day and prop your legs up. If you notice a substantial amount of swelling, you should contact your healthcare provider for evaluation.
monkeymomma - 13 days ago
Same here...c-section is scheduled for Oct 20!
lil.pigz - 15 days ago
21 weeks today. Only 18 weeks left to go for me courtesy of repeat scheduled C-section:)Had my anatomy scan yesterday, all looked great and confirmed he is in fact ALL boy.
monkeymomma - 15 days ago
Hello 21 weeks!!! It's all down hill from here!
mzdallas06 - 27 days ago
Paulasoon2b8- what a big beautiful family!!! How wonderful. That is my husbands dream to have between 6-8 kids as he comes from a very large family!
Thanks Tara! Yesterday was indeed a good day. I have my scan tomorrow (Fingers crossed) so excited!
TaraR - 28 days ago
That is such great news!!! I'm sooooo happy for you!! :)
PaulaSoon2B8 - 28 days ago
Wonderful news!! So happy for you!!! I hear you with the whole alone time...we've got 7, 8 on the way...I work straight days Mondays to Fridays...he works shifts/nights whenever he cans...I can't recall our last date!!
mzdallas06 - 28 days ago
Hi all! Thanks for being so supportive :) Good news- I was still able to see my regular OB doctor today, and when I told him what happend he did a quick ultra sound and gave me some pictures of the baby, which was so nice. I also made an appt at another fetal medicine center and after I told them what happened they squeezed me in for This Thursday. To top it all off, my husband and I were able to go out to lunch after we left our appt- JUST THE 2 OF US!!!! we have 4 kids so the last time we had a date was in 2014 lol. Also, my nurse told me its time to register at my hospital for delivery!!! so time is surely winding down :)
PaulaSoon2B8 - 29 days ago
My lil jelly bean is going concern too!! With the anterior placenta took alittle longer to start feeling the movement...but she is go go go at this point:) I just hope the placenta doesn't cause her to stay posterior during delivery...seems natural for them to face the placenta during birth...I just don't know if my body can handle another back to back labour...my 2nd to last was an excruciating one...I could barely walk for 2 weeks after without pain :P Don't want a repeat of that one
TaraR - 29 days ago
I'm so sorry mzdallas!! They should be more considerate! Hopefully you get somewhere with management!
Paula....I'm still so tired...but we just purchased a home and we painted all weekend plus Monday. I really overdid it. I should have taken more breaks so my body is just achy and tired. I definitely need more rest but just got so much going on right now. On the plus side Little Man is getting so much stronger and is an active little guy! :)
PaulaSoon2B8 - 29 days ago
Oh...I'm so sorry :( That is awful...like they couldn't have gotten back to you earlier then that...very unprofessional!! Good luck speaking with management...
Anyone else still feeling really tired? I'd of thought by 21 weeks I'd be getting that 2nd trimester wind...but it's not here :( I just feel exhausted all the time...not enjoyable at all!! I am pretty sure baby #8 will be our last...and I really want to enjoy this...but i'm having a hard time :( Makes me feel like a horrible mommy to be :(
mzdallas06 - 29 days ago
I am so mad I could scream! Got a phone call today at 4:30 pm that my anatomy scan for tomorrow, which has been scheduled since APRIL, has been canceled! They were 'just getting around to verifying my insurance' and they don't accept it. I'm so angry my blood is boiling. My husband drives trucks for a living and scheduled special time off just to be home for this scan. I'm complaining to the office manager tomorrow. Was just too upset to do it today :(
1morefor4 - 30 days ago
mzdallas06--I totally understand. Trying to keep up with everything is overwhelming. I didn't want a baby shower just a gender reveal party. I felt like I wanted to do something to celebrate this baby but no gifts. Unfortunately it just wasn't working out. I'm in week 22 now and can truly say time is flying. I found my old hospital bag checklist and realized how much I need to get and that I'm kind of starting from scratch with baby items too. So I'm just going to focus on that for now. I do have a suspicion that my DH is plotting to still do something to celebrate the baby though.
mzdallas06 - 30 days ago
Hi all! I don't post much but I have been reading everyone's progress. Congrats & Blessings to us all for making it this far! My anatomy scan is tomorrow June 2nd. Even though we're waiting for delivery to find out the sex, I still can't wait to get a look at my baby. this is our 4th baby and honestly I didn't feel karate kicks like these until I was much further along, in my other pregnancies. So needless to say im curious! I also canceled my babyshower bc honestly I have so much to do and even though I want the pregnancy to speed up, time is getting away from me :( between having a 12 year old, 3 year old & 2 year old there aren't enough hours in the day.
1morefor4 - 32 days ago
I decided to cancel my reveal party. It just wasn't working out and time was slipping away so I announced to those invited that it's a girl. And now I'm focusing on planning my hospital bag checklist and getting baby items as I only have a car seat and stroller left from my son and am starting from scratch on clothes and things.
paulasoon2b8 - 32 days ago
21 weeks ... Wow...I think with kids being off school soon f time will start flying by!!
TaraR - 33 days ago
Hello Week 21!! Hope everyone is having a great week! :)
1morefor4 - 35 days ago
I had a midwife appointment today. Everything is normal as far as my blood pressure and my weight gain is still on target. Baby's heartbeat was 140bpm so no problems there. Ultrasound on June 8th and next midwife appointment on June 10th. I did a blog update if you want to read more details about my appointment you can.
1morefor4 - 36 days ago
I have a midwife appointment tomorrow. The first of my now biweekly appointments. I have a lot to discuss with her and I'm just hoping that she's in the office and not one of the other midwives who I'm not yet comfortable with. I know that they could answer my questions just as well but I prefer talking to her because of her personality. Not looking forward to getting on the scale because I'm always afraid of having gained too little/nothing or way too much.
kekea - 40 days ago
Mamalira congratulations!!! Have you picked a name?
mamalira - 40 days ago
We are having a girl! Everything looks good as far as I know. My midwife didn't get a call and she said if there was something wrong they would have called her right away. It will be a couple of days before she gets the whole report though.
jamie86 - 62 days ago
Becky I have energy one day and the next I'm dragging. Probably because I do so much on the days I have energy and feel good.
beckym - 63 days ago
I just hope I can keep up the energy I have been using daily, I signed the kids up for a lot this season, and now I have to pay the Piper because my husband is always working so I am the only one to take them to these things.eek
jamie86 - 63 days ago
21 weeks today. Becky I'm feeling the same way. I'm wanting September to hurry up but I want to enjoy this summer with my kids before the baby is born.
beckym - 64 days ago
Hello week 21! I kind of want time to go by quick so I get to have my babe, but at the same time, that would fast forward all of summer, and I don't want to miss a moment of that with the kids, they aren't getting any younger and soon we will have a little one in the house that will want to demand most of my time, so these are the moments to really bond, and prepare them for their new sibling, and get my 3 year old soon to be 4 year old learning reading methods because I won't get as much free time later.
mrscephas - 73 days ago
Hello week 21! The anatomy scan went really well. We're team blue! I'll need to do a glucose tolerance test in 2 weeks time. Hope the next 18 weeks will fly by.
email@example.com - 80 days ago
Is my name supposed to be on the ultrasound pics? I've had 2 ultrasounds and the 3 pics that i recieved (2 from the first and 1 from the second) i noticed that my name isnt on them but where my name is supposed to be is just a bunch of dots.. Whatvdoes this mean ?
firstname.lastname@example.org - 110 days ago
Flybear, I bought two newborn size sleepers/outfits and I got an outfit as a gift. That's all I have so far. It's good that you have everything...we're literally starting from scratch because I gave away everything in 2013. One thing I did learn is that the baby does not need a lot of clothes so I'm def going to try to not buy too much of that. With the other kids they still had stuff with tags on them or they only wore it a couple of times before they outgrew it. I told myself I wouldn't make that mistake again. I'm already looking at ways to save money. Luckily you just have to buy diapers though. I so wish that was the case for me. I even have to get another car because right now I have a Corolla and that's not going to fit three car seats in the back. As far as the name, we decided on James Walter because those are our dad's names.
jesswithtwins - 110 days ago
So I'm officially headed into 22 weeks today see you ladies there ;-)
flybear - 110 days ago
Anything4nikki, thank you for the congrats. I saw in the 20 week comments. His name will be Henry. :) ♡ It's my 3rd boy and I have soooo much boy stuff. I literally need nothing but diapers, but I still want to get him some special things especially for him. Like I wanted to get him a special, extra super cute going home outfit. I loved the one my secon son wore. Very classic boy. But idk, there just doesn't seem to be much. It's all just more of the same. Have you found anything super cute for your little guy yet? And what is his name going to be? I cant remember if you already told me or not.
liltyke7 - 113 days ago
Last day in week 21!! I hope you feel better anything. Each of my pregnancies have been different. This is #3 for us. this time I do not really like fast food either but after last daughter I started to work out a lot more so that helped. I just wish I didn't wake up every 2-3 hours at night. very restless sleep every night make me tired, cranky, and irritable. good luck!
email@example.com - 114 days ago
Morning sickness is back...I don't have much of an appetite so I've been having a lot of soup. Usually month 5 has been enjoyable for me so hopefully it doesn't last too long. Other than the recent onset of nausea all has been good. Baby is moving a lot now and he sure is strong! Two days ago I was laying down and he was kicking me in my side and it actually hurt. Usually I don't experience that until later. He must been getting a lot of nutrients. During my other pregnancies I had a poor diet that consisted of alot of fast food but this time around I try to eat a lot of home cooked meals. For some reason fast food is nasty to me now and the quality tastes poor.
loralb - 132 days ago
I was being onion picky at the grocery store and I could tell people thought I was nuts. Ug! I can't stand onions with this pregnancy!
lexy-b - 208 days ago
machala-b dont worry - I gained 60lbs in both my first pregnacies & lost it all in 4 months. I was gaining double what was recommended - 2 lbs a week instead of 1 lb. I'm up about 18lbs right now but when the christmas goodies come out that when I put the real weight on haha.
emefa - 208 days ago
Is anyone feeling abdominal cramps especially after s*x?so terrible,learnt is normal and no cos for alarm,NW scared of having it,lol.
sunshinebaby8 - 209 days ago
ummm I have no idea.. I try not to look. YIKES!! I am five foot eight inches tall.. and prob. weighed 160 before pregnancy.. still didn't loose the weight from the last kid (2 years ago) WHOOPS!! lol. I'm not fat by any means.. but I know where the weight is.. and I can hide it with clothes...lol. I have prob gained about 18 lbs so far.
sher-baby - 210 days ago
Lol sunshine!! 8lbs isn't that bad! What's ur total weight gain so far...can't be that bad and were halfway done
sunshinebaby8 - 210 days ago
I gained 8 pounds in one month!! YIKES!!! Whatever.. I'll work it off after the baby comes :)
sher-baby - 210 days ago
Ok phew! I've gained 6lbs in 4 weeks!! That brings my total weight gain so far to 11lbs!! Not to bad! And my due date has changed to April 8th so that puts me at 22weeks today.
sher-baby - 211 days ago
I'm hungry almost every hr, on the hr!!!! I'll get weighed tomorrow and hopefully it's within reason!
babylove5 - 211 days ago
Machala all women and babies gain at different rates. Once you give birth you will lose like 12 pounds right away. If you breastfeed you will lose all the weight and that's even while taking in more calories. That's how it works for me anyway. Idk what happened but all the sudden I'm not hungry anymore. I should be since we are giving so much to the baby. I hope my appetite comes back not to strong though... Lol
sher-baby - 211 days ago
Dang!! That's a bit intense, don't u think! Lol the worst dream I had was prob my house exploding cuz of the furnace! Eek! I woke up a lil creeped out...like I needed to go and check it
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