21 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms, Belly, Baby Size & More

21 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms, Belly, Baby Size & More

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Your practitioner measures your fundal height – the distance from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus – to estimate your baby's size.

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You're in your fifth month

Baby development at 21 weeks

Alive and kicking

You may soon feel like she's practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better.

Baby brows

Your baby's eyebrows have grown in. Behind her eyelids, her irises still lack pigment.

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Your baby is about the size of a carrot


10 ½


head to toe

Pregnancy symptoms during week 21

Varicose veins

You're more prone to varicose veins now. As your pregnancy progresses, there's increasing pressure on the veins in your legs. Higher progesterone levels, which may cause the walls of your veins to relax, can make the problem worse.

Spider veins

You may also notice so-called spider veins (a group of tiny blood vessels near the surface of your skin), particularly on your ankles, legs, or face. They may have a spider- or sunburst-like pattern with little branches radiating from the center, they may look like the branches of a tree, or they may be a group of separate thin lines with no particular pattern.

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Wondering about a symptom you have? Find it on our pregnancy symptoms page.

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Pregnancy checklist at 21 weeks pregnant

Start sleeping on your side

If you're not already, it's a good idea to start sleeping on your side. To make side-sleeping more comfortable, try placing a pillow between your legs, under your belly, and behind your back.

Check your rings

It's common to have some swelling in your fingers as your pregnancy progresses. If your rings are feeling snug, do yourself a favor and take them off now before they get stuck. One alternative: Wear them on a chain close to your heart.

21 weeks pregnant bellies

This week's video

Watch the video: Emotional Premature Birth at 21 Weeks Incompetent Cervix - Rest in Peace Baby Jurnee (August 2022).

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