Pregnancy week 21

Your baby can still move about easily in the amniotic fluid. Towards the end of this trimester the baby will begin to settle, usually in a head down position (Although some babies do not turn head down until later on).

Some babies will stay in a breech position (feet down) at term – this affects about 4% of babies. Don’t fret about this but if you write a birth plan, try to factor in this possibility.

Your baby weighs just under a pound (13 ounces or 369 grams) and the digestive system can by now absorb some nutrients, such as sugars, from  the amniotic fluid. Nearly all the food the baby consumes, though, is taken in through the placenta.

Your exercise routine will need to change as your bump gets larger and heavier. You could try a visit to an aquarobics class at the local pool, or maybe just go for a swim on your own. Good cardiovascular exercise will help your heart as it grows to support the circulation of both you and the baby.

As we said before, comfort is also a factor at this stage. You may find it hard to sleep or relax lying down. Keep practising pelvic tilts and use extra pillows to get you a good position in bed. Ask Mr Dad-to-be to massage your shoulders and lower back.

With some decent relaxation (like a warm bath, for example) after some exercise, you should be able to get a good night’s sleep – that is if your little lodger doesn’t keep kicking and prodding you all night.

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