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21'st Week of Pregnancy

21 week Pregnant
  • So how is your back doing under the increasing weight of the baby?

Changes in You
  • At this time you are more prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs). You must get a urine test done by now.Sometimes you may have bleeding gums due to increased blood flow to the oral cavity. Take proper care of your dental hygiene as it prevents many problems. This is the period in pregnancy when a rare but a dangerous condition shoots in called preeclampsia. The symptoms could be blurred vision, frequent headache and high blood pressure. Don't worry, the Doctor shall take care of it if you hint him the symptoms.

Changes in Your Baby
  • By this week, your baby weighs about 300 to 320 gms and his/ her length from head to rump is seven inches. Concerned of increase in your weight? Well, you have someone for company! Yup, your baby has begun his/her main project for the rest of your pregnancy: putting on weight. Your baby is passing through an important milestone now and is shortly called as a viable fetus. This means that your baby can survive on its own if brought into the external environment, but only with the perfect conditions and temperature.

Tips and Precautions
  • If any person is expected to be present during delivery let that person be accompanied with you to the antenatal visit and they may instill confidence in you.

    To keep your uterus and pelvic-floor muscles toned, do Kegel exercises and have orgasms!

    This is a good time to have your iron levels checked and to make sure you're drinking enough water, given how much your blood volume has increased over the past few months.

    Browse and know more information about the pregnancy.

    At times you see bleeding during stools look, just make a note of it and attend to the Doctor. Eat fiber diet and large amounts of water. Know about Constipation and how to prevent it.

    To protect you from UTIs, drink 6-8 glasses of water each day and unsweetened cranberry juice regularly. After urinating, wipe from the front toward the back. Urinate before and after intercourse. Avoid wearing tight-fitting pants. Wear all cotton or cotton-crotch underwear.

    As you gain more weight during your pregnancy, you may notice that you are beginning to develop blue convoluted streaks on your legs and thighs called varicose veins which occur to some degree in the majority of pregnant women. Swollen veins are painful and require elevation from the bed during the sleep and sitting on a chair.

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