Today marks 21 weeks of pregnancy! Baby is 10.5 inches long, 12.7 oz, and about the size of a banana! Baby is getting so big! Baby is also kicking quite a bit these days
Ok, let’s see what my iPhone app BabyBump has to say about week 21.
Baby – As your baby’s digestive system develops, he will begin to swallow amniotic fluid and absorb small amounts of sugar. However, most of your baby’s nutrients are still delivered from the placenta. Inside your uterus, while there’s still room, your baby is actively moving around, kicking and flipping positions. You may be able to track patterns in his movement.
Body – For many women, this period marks the most comfortable stage of their pregnancy. Your first trimester discomforts have subsided and you’ve grown more accustomed to many of the changes in your body and you’re finally beginning to enjoy that pregnancy “glow” you’ve been hearing about. Other welcome changes by some women are thicker hair, better skin condition, and increased breast size.
Health Tip – Considering breastfeeding? Here are just a few good reasons why breastfeeding is good for your baby, and you. 1. – There is strong evidence that breastfeeding reduces the incidence of diarrhea, lower-respiratory infection, ear infections, urinary tract infections, bacterial meningitis, Crohn’s Disease, colitis and other diseases (American Academy of Pediatrics). 2. – There may be a link to a decreased incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome among breastfed babies. 3. – Numerous benefits to mothers include a reduced risk of ovarian and breast cancers, as well as a lower incidence of hip fractures during the post-menopausal periods. 4. – Nursing helps you shed baby weight faster.