Size Of The Bump
The baby’s estimated size will now be measured according to the fundal height - that is, the distance from your pubic bone to the top of the uterus.
The Inevitable Stretch Marks
The incurable stretch marks will now start making an appearance. However, they’ll start fading from the time your baby turns 1.
At week 21, you’re in the fifth month!
This week, although your little one is getting taller, there is still enough space to roll, twist and move in the womb. The digestive system, spleen and intestines are maturing fast for digestion. Baby’s taste buds can sense different tastes depending on the mother’s food intake. Those tiny eyelids and eyebrows are formed and it is possible for the baby to blink.
Baby’s Length: 26.7 cm
Baby’s Weight: 360 g
Stretch marks, the proud badge of pregnancy appears on the belly, hips, thigh and breasts in most pregnant women.
You may find it difficult to sleep on your tummy and experience disturbed sleep; think of it as nature’s way of preparing you to take care of the baby after birth.
Do not stress over your body image; you are nurturing a life inside and that makes you automatically beautiful.
As you continue to gain weight, the veins in your legs bear the brunt. This increased pressure can make you prone to varicose veins.
The growing belly and breasts will make the skin around itchy, while stretch marks also appear.
Those pregnancy cravings will hit hard during this phase as you start craving for weird foods at odd hours.