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.
ira456 - 26 minutes ago
My first was a boy too and I just had an incredibly strong feeling the second was a boy as well. I tried to find out but the tech couldn't tell us. The baby was a violent kicker too. In th end I was wrong and completely shocked that it was a girl!.
Babyjarr - 1 days ago
No we aren't finding out. I would have but at our ultrasound my husband decided no. He likes the surprise and I do to it's just tough not knowing what's growing inside. I probably feel like it's a boy only because that's what our first is and I 'knew' he was a boy right from the start. I just have the same feeling. I'll probably be wrong but we will see.
Beingamomrocks - 1 days ago
Babyjar it funny you mention your mood swings because I just posted a blog about mine. As far as determining the sex of your baby based on that it's hard to say.
I could guess...I'm having a Boy so maybe you are too. Are you going to find out?
Babyjarr - 2 days ago
21 weeks today. So far, my crotch and hips hurt every time I move. I've also been frustrated with my 2 year old. I think it's partially hormones because I can usually keep my cool when he throws a tantrum. Then I feel really bad when I get mad at him for doing something that a 2 year old would do. It's just been a tough week and I'm ready for a new one. With this baby, I've been feeling it like crazy!!! It's lots of fun. If any one else is in this week and don't know the gender, do you have a feeling either way? I feel like I'm having another boy which would be so awesome. And I've been really tired, I think due to the frustration.
clara16032010 - 15 days ago
Onbabyfour....no i haven't but will look out for them at the supermarket :) Thanks x
onbabyfour - 16 days ago
clara...have you tried fiber bars? I've had the kelloggs ones and they are actually really good. The ones I had were oatmeal bars with chocolate chips and chocolate on top. But they have several of them.
clara16032010 - 17 days ago
Had a scan the other day...little lady is doing very well and weighs 13oz :) Have been spending like mad trying to get things ready just incase she decides to come early like her last sister who was born at 29 weeks - oh would love to have a squashy 9 pounder! :) Is anybody else having really bad constipation?? I;ve been in such pain the last few days no matter how much fibre i eat it seems to be getting worse :( Any suggestions or tips? x
amberc88 - 18 days ago
im on to week 22 today! hope these weeks continue to fly by!!
onbabyfour - 19 days ago
Welcome rose...im waiting on spring too. Im dealing with antenatal depression and im hoping some warm weather helps! We've had a rough winter here in Michigan! I still have a week till my ultrasound. I feel like im having a boy but everyone wants a girl. Im ok either way. I have 2 girls and a boy right now.
rosebonbon - 19 days ago
Hello ladies, it's my first time writing here but I'm on this site often. This is baby 3 for me and I find out the gender tomorrow. I already have a boy and a girl. I,m feeling good so far along, just hoping springtime will show up soon!
amberc88 - 19 days ago
onbaby4-hopefully the next few days go by fast for you, i know waiting and counting down the days to our gender ultrasounds seemed foreverrrr!! SMILES-I know how you feel, i just try to not look at any of that anymore. My hubby has so far not made any jokes and its usually me joking (or sometimes not joking) about feeling/looking like a whale. He tries to keep me positive lol
smiles884 - 20 days ago
Had a little break down last night.. was looking at a spring magazine filled with cute, skinny girls in hot outfits and realized that my body is NEVER going to be the same again and I more than likely won't be able to wear cute little summer outfits... lol silly I know, but it made me so sad. Didn't help that hubby made an untimely comment about how 'cows don't look good in bikinis'...he was just joking, but that was the wrong time to joke about me being a cow, cause I sure feel like one right now!!! got to remember the amazing thing our body is doing-creating and forming this precious babies.. its worth the stretch marks and changes right?
onbabyfour - 20 days ago
I feel like time is going slow yet it seems like I got half way through quickly, it's weird. I still have 8 days left till my ultrasound. Can't wait to know the sex of baby so I can start planning/buying.
smiles884 - 21 days ago
I feel like time is flying too, but then I think about the weeks we have to go yet and how much bigger and uncomfortable I am going to get and it seems like FOREVER until JUNE!!! lol :)
amberc88 - 21 days ago
smiles im super uncomfortable too. My first one didnt get too bad until about 25+ weeks, but this one i have been having different issues since week 6. I would prolly die having twins lol! I can imagine how un-comfortable you prolly are already! but SOOO awesome your feeling so much movement now. for some reason this is like a weird part of pregnancy to me where i feel like its going so fast and i want it to go fast, but than on the other hand its like OMG time is too fast. i just cant make up my mind how i feel about this right now lol.
smiles884 - 22 days ago
so uncomfortable already.. NEVER was uncomfortable with my son (1st pregnancy). Sitting and laying down are terrible, but my back goes to hurting after standing for an hour or more lol... oh the joys : )
amberc88 - 25 days ago
Kee82-I love that name it's adorable!
kee82 - 25 days ago
17 1/2 weeks left for me....cant wait to meet my tayanna
amberc88 - 25 days ago
week 21 today YAY! hope this last half hurries :)
JubilantOne - 26 days ago
I'm 21 weeks and caught my first cold while pregnant. Oh, fun! Just when I was getting over the daily headaches. Ha!
smiles884 - 30 days ago
fingers crossed for you snowrider!! hoping hoping hoping : ) sounds like it would be a real blessing!
littlemamaof3 - 31 days ago
I feel HUGE too! I swear I was not this big with my other two. I really need to go shopping for maternity clothes. My pants are starting to get tight. :( And my shirts are starting to hang funny. We are going out of town in two weeks and I can't wait. We are going to see Pentatonix in concert and then doing some shopping. This is a much needed get away!
purplelizard270 - 33 days ago
You said that right, Snowrider! We definitely can't control the look of our belly. Up to this point I felt like time was going pretty quickly in this pregnancy, but the last couple of weeks have been dragging by! Sucks big time!
snowrider54 - 33 days ago
purple - I'm with you! I haven't put on much weight but I feel really big for this stage. And the comments about my size from my co-workers started yesterday. I can't control how big my belly gets, people! And your comments don't help!
purplelizard270 - 34 days ago
I'm also over being pregnant! For the last week or so, my fatigue has kicked it into high gear. I feel like I'm much larger at this point in pregnancy than I should be, and I think that's hurting my back. Weird part is that I lost 5 lbs in the beginning, and I've only gained that 5 lbs back and nothing more. So technically I haven't gained weight. Weird how our bodies change form and look so huge without much weight gain.
littlemamaof3 - 35 days ago
I am so tired too! And still sick. I am officially over being pregnant already!
terriann20 - 36 days ago
Littlemama im feeling so tired how d u nw xx
littlemamaof3 - 36 days ago
Thank you Purple. I hope to never have to go through a lodged kidney stone again. That was seriously brutal pain! How is everyone feeling?
purplelizard270 - 37 days ago
Littlemama, I'm so glad you're doing better. It sounds like you have a good doctor! Hopefully things keep looking up for you with sickness.
kwai1111 - 38 days ago
Wow! 21 Weeks today... I can't believe how quickly this pregnancy is going. I have finally had 5 days illness free. I have not been able to avoid being ill all winter. Ready for Spring!
littlemamaof3 - 38 days ago
Hello everyone. Just wanted to update all of you on my progress. Today is the first day I haven't hurt so bad that I can't even leave the bed. Baby is doing good. My Doctor has been so wonderful and has called to check on me every day. I had my stent removed Thursday and was in pain all night and all day yesterday. Today is the first day I actually don't feel like I am dying! It is refreshing. Now if I could catch up on some sleep and be able to keep food down. I haven't been able to keep anything down since last Friday.
jackimn - 40 days ago
Hello 21 weeks. Time is going fast for me. Loving life!!!
terriann20 - 42 days ago
Just 19 more weeks n I hardly have a bump but stil managed to gain a couple of new stretch marks xx
smiles884 - 42 days ago
YAY Katno3!! so glad that it's worked for you too! Weird how something so simple can make such a difference!?
Katno3 - 43 days ago
And yes, it works! No awful symptomes in the morning any more! Thanks so much smiles!
Katno3 - 47 days ago
Thanks for your advice, smiles! I might give it a go, although it says on the box to take it in the morning. I wonder if there is a reason for that? I have no idea.
kendallkorn - 48 days ago
Good day ladies! I've been here since 2008, with my first son born Oct 08. I've been following the form since I was 5 weeks along this time. Just confirmed I'm having a baby girl and they estimated she's already 1lb 2oz, what a chunker!
smiles884 - 50 days ago
Katno3-popping in from week 17, noticed you mentioned being so weak in the mornings- I too was struggling with this faint, dizzy, could barely stand or walk any where... sounds silly, but I started taking my prenatals in the evening and its been a night and day difference for me- I feel so much better in the mornings.. maybe this will help you too?
momofour - 50 days ago
My problems have been kidney stones.. Infections and an almost constant tearing/burning pain in my ribs.... And we are only half way!?! :(
Katno3 - 50 days ago
I am with you... Still throwing up about twice a week, can't stand for more than 10 seconds all morning. Tiredness has gone finally thanks to God so I don't have to sleep all the time.
karyv81 - 50 days ago
This pregnancy his been pretty rough on me so far. I am still throwing up... I'm out of breath all the time and uncomfortable. I am getting so frustrated! I love feeling little man move-- but out of all my pregnancies this one is kicking my butt. Anyone else?
momofour - 54 days ago
Mistyvt... You should check in here more! :) I didn't even know there was an advanced age group... I'm also... AMA.. It has it's perks.. Haha more ultrasounds!
bkle - 54 days ago
A shot again today :-( Soooo not looking forward too it, but my baby is worth it! The doc will probly sew my cervix together at 30 weeks LOL so I suppose the shot is nothing compared to that right haha
Mistyvt - 55 days ago
I guess I should probably join in here. I almost forgot about the weekly forums...and have been hanging out in advanced age pregnancy. I will be 21 weeks tomorrow and things seem to be going fairly well at this point. I love feeling baby girl move each day.
momofour - 55 days ago
Thanks onj... My doc thought maybe acid reflux but I think it's my lack of muscle tone.. 😔. Sooooooooooooooo I found out what we are having!!!! 💕 ITS A GIRL!!!!! 💕
onj - 56 days ago
momoffour- this probably isn't the same thing, but in my last pregnancy, i had a burning pain on my ribs, but only on the right side, on top of my belly,under my boobs... it ended up being my gallbladder. 2 of my sisters had the same thing, apparently, pregnancy can affect gallstones somehow. Anyway, that was only on the right side. If it's on both sides, I'm really not sure what it could be. But I figured I'd mention it, in case :O)
momofour - 56 days ago
Anyone else have a a burning pain on the ribs.. Like right under your boob? I'm guessing it's from the weight or pulling? It hurts so bad... I want a belly support or something...
abbyh - 56 days ago
Wow, bkle, so sorry to hear. :'( It's so scary, everything that can happen along the way and even after birth. I've known of still born babies and babies born healthy and then hours later developed issues and died a month later. I am thankful for each day I have with my daughter and now this little one and I pray for many more. Thinking of you and your family, bkle!
bkle - 56 days ago
2plus--- they say dizziness isn't a good sign. I get short of breath just sitting so I personally think that is normal. It never hurts to call your doctor and be safe tho, after all dr's are suppose to be there for you. Hope you feel better soon
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