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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.

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kekea - 4.9 hours ago
Mamalira congratulations!!! Have you picked a name?

mamalira - 17.3 hours 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.

kekea - 1 days ago
Let us know how it goes...

mamalira - 2 days ago
Ultrasound in the morning!!

beckym - 16 days ago
I really think we are having a boy, same cravings and salt effected me like crazy with anthony, same with this ine, but not with the girls.

jamie86 - 18 days ago
Thanks! Reminds me of his big brother :)

beckym - 18 days ago
Cute scan jamie 😊

jamie86 - 19 days ago
My profile pic is from our anatomy scan. That's the best 3-d shot we could get.

beckym - 19 days ago
I changed my profile pic to our last ultrasound.

beckym - 22 days ago
That completely makes sense!

jamie86 - 22 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 - 23 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 - 23 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 - 24 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 - 33 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. - 41 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 ? - 70 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 - 71 days ago
So I'm officially headed into 22 weeks today see you ladies there ;-)

flybear - 71 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 - 73 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! - 74 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 - 92 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 - 168 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 - 169 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 - 169 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 I have prob gained about 18 lbs so far.

sher-baby - 170 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 - 170 days ago
I gained 8 pounds in one month!! YIKES!!! Whatever.. I'll work it off after the baby comes :)

sher-baby - 170 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 - 171 days ago
I'm hungry almost every hr, on the hr!!!! I'll get weighed tomorrow and hopefully it's within reason!

babylove5 - 171 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 - 171 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 I needed to go and check it

babylove5 - 171 days ago
Rjean I have gained 15 pounds at 22 weeks. I normally gain the most in first 5 months the last few months I gain slowly since I lose my appetite. I'm just not hungry now but I make myself eat. My best friend is the opposite she gains at the end of her pregnancy. Sher the crazy dreams for me have never stopped. The other night I dreamed a huge snake not even possible of being in existence tried to attack me and I gouged out its eyes. It's crazy they dreams I have since being pregnant.

sher-baby - 171 days ago
Oh and it seems like my vivid dreams are back! Omg...I had suck a bad dream last night that caused me to wake up in a panic!! Ugh...then I could fall back asleep because all I could do was think about my dream! What a sucky night!

sher-baby - 171 days ago
Well yesterday I dug out all the baby furniture and that was pretty much all I had in me!! The next step will me making space for all of it. We had an extra room until my dad moved in with us In now we have to make space in our room until he gets out!! And not even god himself knows when that will happen. So I'll soon be decluttering our room to make space...not sure when I'll have the energy for that.

lexy-b - 171 days ago
Sher-baby I've been exhausted lately! Glad I'm not the only one. I get the odd spurt of energy, normally in the morning but that lasts all of a couple hours then I want to take a nap haha.

sher-baby - 171 days ago
Rjean- I wouldn't worry too much. If they say 10-15lbs weight gain at this point is normal, then remember that's just an average. Some might of gained 17-18lbs while some may have only gained 7-8. As long as there's a gain I wouldn't be too worried. We're u having m/s'ness at the beginning??

RJean - 172 days ago
I had major heartburn with my oldest, and the doctor gave me the generic for Prilosec. I watched my diet, but had constant unyielding heartburn and the Prilosec worked like a charm. I was maxing out on tums every day and my ob yanked me off them completely bc eating too many tums can lead to kidney stones. On a different anyone else having a hard time gaining weight? I've never had this problem and I'm a little worried. I'm up 8 lbs at 23 weeks! Every other pregnancy has had me gaining too much weight!

sher-baby - 172 days ago
Ya I see my ob every 4 weeks until I get to 28weeks (I think!) then it's every 2 weeks...I don't get to just go which kinda sucks but it's ok. So it's 6pm here and my back is killing me! This is like my new daily routine!! Wonderful!

babylove5 - 172 days ago
Sher it's probably something simple like the placenta moved more towards the left or he found a comfortable spot. I can't believe you Hv to wait that long to talk about the ultra sound. I went to my obgyn same day. He asked me if I was ok with another boy.. Lol.

sher-baby - 172 days ago
Ya the fact that I hear his hb let's me know things at going ok..maybe he's just been really sleepy! I'm still not too sure why I only feel movement on my left side tho...hopefully my ob can reassure me that everything is ok. Anyone lost every ounce of energy...again???

Babylove5 - 172 days ago
I am 22 weeks and the baby in the picture on that page is sooo cute!! Floy if you are having heartburn that means your baby will have lots of hair! You don't want to drink coffee.I have had heartburn with all my babies and they all had a full head of black hair at birth. Drink fat free milk to help, since reg milk makes you produce more acid and chew gum. Sher that's cute he picked out all those shoes! My lil guy doesn't do flips anymore and seems to stay in head down position. His legs move from right to left but stay near my belly button. He had the hiccups the other day.

floydianslip2 - 172 days ago
Wow, there is absolutely no activity in week 22 or 23. I feel like I'm all alone in there, so I'm hopping back. :) Has anyone taken any kind of medication for heartburn other than Tums? I have a dr appt tomorrow and I'll ask then, but I'm having a hard time with the heartburn and have never taken anything for it before. I know there are certain pills that are safe, but how well do they work?

sher-baby - 172 days ago
So DH and his mom went crazy baby shopping last week. DH went down to WA last week to visit and came back with 12 pairs of shoes!!! All for baby 'nameless'...and the clothes!!! Omg!! We have just put them back in dh's suite case cuz there is nooo space at the moment. We need to get a dresser ASAP! I am very thankful! Baby also doesn't seem to be as active these last few days. I feel movement but not the usual summersault feelings that I'm use to. Maybe he's just had a growth spurt and doesn't have as much space. I still use my Doppler and I hear him in there for sure so that's a relief. My next appt is on the third, hopefully all is well and we'll find out if the due date has changed based on my u/s.

sher-baby - 174 days ago
Dec baby- my back feels broken some days and I thought about using tiger balm but I heard that there's an ingredient in it that may not be safe. I'm going to ask my ob when i go. I'm going to need some serious relief soon...

Dec Baby - 174 days ago
Girls, you should try tiger balm or something similar for you neck and shoulder pain! It's like a hot/cold cream...great for muscle aches! I have used it for stretching ligament pain, especially in the last trimester!

babylove5 - 175 days ago
I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! I ate way to much pumpkin pie. Pumpkin they are measuring my cervix again although I don't feel it necessary since it is long and closed. My neck and shoulders bother me at night. I need to do something about it since it's bothering my sleep. My hubby's dad is a chiropractor and he said I need to keep correct posture during the day. I would like to see him do it while Is anyone else having neck pain? I got a lot of shopping done last night before Black Friday but the deals weren't as good this year.

sher-baby - 176 days ago
It looks like all of our babies are around about the same size. It will be interesting to see all the different sizes when we all deliver. Happy thanksgiving to all of you celebrating! I'm Canadian so our thanksgiving was last month!!

pumpkinfairy - 176 days ago
hello week 21 :) had my anatomy scan yesterday hes weighing in at 13 oz, and perfectly healthy! dr was concerned my cervix has shortened to 2.8, he told me to take it easy and I have to go back for another cervical check, looks like by New Yrs I might be on bed rest or at least light duty at work Happy thanksgiving everyone!

sher-baby - 177 days ago
Rjean-I can't sleep worth crap! I toss and turn like crazy! It's soo annoying

RJean - 177 days ago
I don't have hip pain either, but if I slack off on my exercising and weight lifting my back hurts. Is anyone else not sleeping particularly well? I feel like I toss and turn all night and my poor husband has to put up with it.

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