21 weeks pregnant

Deciding on a name for your baby can be tricky, so start making that list

You may not know the sex of your baby but you and your partner can still have fun choosing names. This is a discussion that can run and run. Some couples don’t make up their minds until the baby is born. With such matters to preoccupy you, it’s probably hard to stay focused at work. Try to pace yourself without letting standards slip. Eating little and often, and drinking lots of water, will help you to stay alert.


1.Your uterus may now reach above your belly button, but there is a wide variation in bump size among women at the same week of pregnancy.



2.Beneath the skin, layers of body fat are being stored. Fats are essential because they contribute to the full development of the nervous system.



3.In boy babies, the testes are still hidden within the pelvic cavity.



4.At 22 weeks the average crown to heel length is 27.8cm (10.9in), and the average weight is 430g (15.2oz).



5.Every bone in your baby’s body now contains bone marrow capable of producing blood cells.



6.The hands move constantly, reaching out to touch the face or clutch at the umbilical cord.


Most moms find second trimester as the most comfortable trimester. They have gotten used to the idea of being pregnant but moving around is still not very difficult. Your baby should now weigh around 400 gms. Do not worry if your baby’s weight is slightly low, each baby’s different. Consult your doctor for more details and advice.

What are you about to experience?

By now you would be able to feel your baby’s movements, and if you are lucky, then even your baby’s kicks. Did you know that you can now also feel your uterus just above your belly button? When you go for your regular check up, your gynaecologist may do a physical exam and press your tummy to check the position of your uterus.

Your baby’s development

By this week your baby will be completely covered with a fine hair called lanugo, which helps hold the vernix caseosa (the thick white substance composed of sebum and  epithelial cells that provides a protective covering for the skin of the fetus). Overall your baby’s skin appears wrinkly, which is because she has not gained enough weight yet.

Changes in you

You may not be surprised to see your belly grow. But did you know you could also experience a size change in your breasts, feet and hands too?

  • Larger nipples and darker areolas: Do not panic if you see a change in the colour of your nipples. The area around your nipples could be getting darker too. Some moms find little bump-like things on their areolas known as Montgomery's tubercles. These are oil-producing glands that help fight off bacteria.
  • Skin changes: Some call it the pregnancy glow and some call it the pregnancy bane. Different women go through different phases – some experience glowing skin, some suffer break outs – either way, nothing to worry as it is just your hormones at work.
  • Swollen hands and feet: Swelling is common in pregnancy.  You can even find a change in your shoe size. You should opt for comfortable shoes, preferably a size up. Also, it’s time to say goodbye to your engagement and wedding rings – let your fingers loose.
  • Braxton Hicks: If you feel irregular, painless, squeezing sensation in your abdomen, this may be Braxton Hicks. Braxton Hicks contractions are described as the contractions that occur before real labor. Braxton Hicks can begin as early as the second trimester.


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Ranjana Verma

| Dec 28, 2016

Hi!!! I am in the 5 months of pregnancy and just wanted to check whether I can go for movie in theatre, is there any problem to sit for 3 hours continuously in theatre and also will it effect to baby? please share the experiences

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