Pregnancy Week 21
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As your uterus grows, it begins to stretch the ligaments attached
to the sides. These ligaments help support the growing weight.
You may experience pain associated with this stretching called
"round ligament pain". These are perfectly normal, and are simply
as sign of your growing uterus and baby. Some women find that if
they keep moving, they can work through the discomfort. If
the pain is severe, or is accompanied by loss of fluid from the
vagina, contact your OB or midwife.
By this week, your uterus is now higher than your navel. It may even
cause your navel to stick out. This will go away after childbirth.
SYMPTOMS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE
- Breast Changes, tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
- Frequent Urination
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Occasional headaches
- Stretch Marks (cocoa butter can help with these)
- Round ligament pains
You can probably feel your growing baby move around
quite a bit by now. You may be able to see little
kicks and punches on your abdomen. Baby may be soothed
by you rubbing your tummy and talking gently to him.
Growth is starting to slow down some, but he is still
almost 12 ounces. The average length is about 11 inches.