Pregnancy week 21
How's the foetus during week 21?
Your baby weighs about 360g and is about 26.7cm long from head to heel- the length of a long carrot
• Your baby's growth starts to slow down slightly.
• There's more activity inside you as there is more amniotic fluid for her to play around in.
• Her heartbeat grows stronger.
• The foetus' legs are reaching their relative proportions – perfect for kicking you in the kidneys. What's with my body: Possible swelling on your feet and ankles
• You might have to stow those killer stilettos for few months, as your ankles and feet may be swelling. Drink lots of fluids and rest with your feet up to reduce water retention.
• You could suffer from heartburn if you eat spicy or acidic foods, or just plain eat too much. This is caused by oesophageal reflux, in which the stomach contents are pushed into the oesophagus.
• The measurement from pubic bone to the top of the uterus (fundus) is about 20cm. Fundal height is measured to estimate the size of your foetus – it eventually stops at 35-40cm.
• Your blood pressure should be checked by your doctor monthly. A good blood pressure baseline reading gives your doctor an indication of a safe level for you, both during pregnancy and during labour. Sudden elevation in blood pressure could be an indication of pre-eclampsia.
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