The 2nd trimester: Week 21
Women are no longer confined to home during their "convalescence" (ie. pregnancy). Thank goodness times have changed. What better way to revel in your pregnancy emancipation, than to get out there and get moving?
How your baby's growing:
Your baby can recognise your voice and heartbeat now and will feel touch if you massage your tummy. Some foetus's may kick in response to sound - say hello, and see if you get an answer! In fact, scientists have discovered that babies recognise and prefer music that they heard in their mother's womb.
This week your baby's unique hand- and footprints form; taste buds start to develop and the bone marrow starts to make blood cells.
How you may be feeling:
Studies show that exercising while pregnant not only helps to keep varicose veins, excessive weight gain and backache to a minimum, it can do wonders for your state of mind.
Walking, swimming and prenatal yoga are great, low-impact ways to keep fit while pregnant. As always, be sure to check in with your GP/Gynae before starting on your workout regime. To safely build up your endurance for labor and for taking care of your baby later, take long walks outside or on a treadmill, ride a stationary bike. To keep your uterus and pelvic-floor muscles toned, do Kegel exercises and have (lots of) orgasms!
Tip of the week
Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy. Here are a few hints to take care of those parts of you under extra strain at the moment in our beauty tips article on 'Skin under fire'.
Tips & tasks
Though your due date sounds very far away, start reading up on baby care now. You won't have time after your newborn arrives.