Your Body – Week 21

Week 21! Way to go. You crossed the halfway of a 40-week pregnancy. This is a huge milestone! Also, this deserves a celebration! We encourage you to go celebrate it with your partner, family and friends.

So, what do you notice this week?

  • You know those maternity/antenatal classes that people keep speaking about, now would be the right time to join one! Worry not if you don’t have the time or the resources, you can just speak around find out some moms-to-be in your locality or get the emotional support from any new mom. I am sure by now you must have met one at least. Or else, get into a pregnant woman forum/group for more support online.
  • Your growing belly is going to be the attraction for many people in the days to come. Everyone and anyone will want to stroke it, apart from your partner! You also can’t seem to keep your hands off it.
  • Back pains seem like your constant foe. Worry not, you manage to sail through it. If not, body pillow and back massages to the rescue.
  • If you decide to engage in intercourse, dive right in! Worrying won’t get you anywhere. Do consult your doctor though, nothing to be shy about. Also, you may bleed a bit (because of the swollen capillaries in the cervix). So, worry not. If it does happen, consult your doctor.
  • Eat right and stay hydrated.
  • Continue low-impact exercises (swimming, treadmill, yoga or walking). Now on you are susceptible to injury right now due to the various ligament-loosening “relaxin” hormone.
  • Some women notice small skin-tags under their arm-pits and breasts, which is perfectly normal. You may also leak breast milk.
  • Apart from stretch marks, some women notice spider-veins or purplish streaks. These are regularly seen in pregnant women. Consulting your doctor may feel you reduce your apprehension
  • Braxton- Hicks contractions are seen, these disappear on changing your position.

Continue charting your progress. Swelling of your feet may also increase this week as the last along with other second trimester symptoms. Nothing which a little rest can’t solve. By now, the reality of the pregnancy is sinking in. It is at this time that you need to emotionally equip yourself (both father and mother). Take it as it comes – together!

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