21 Weeks Pregnant: Baby Weight, Symptoms, Baby Size, Movement, What to Expect

21th Week Pregnancy Highlights

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.

Pregnancy Milestone

At week 21, you’re in the fifth month!

Your Baby’s Development
During Week 21

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Week 21
Baby’s Growth

weight (lbs)

360 g.

Length (cm)

26.7 cm.

Approximate size

Carrot

How Big is Baby?

The baby is maturing fast with the arms and legs growing in the right proportion. Your tiny pod has better limb coordination with the brain and the kidneys are also developing. The skin loses its translucency and starts to develop pigments which will determine the baby’s skin tone. Your baby’s skin is covered by Vernix Caseosa, a thin greasy protective layer that safeguards the baby from amniotic fluid. Hair starts to develop on the baby’s scalp at this stage. However, the level of hair in the newborns varies based on hereditary and individual development.

Baby’s Length: 26.7 cm.

Baby’s Weight: 360 g.

Mother’s Changing Body:
What to Expect

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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.

21th Week Pregnancy Symptoms

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Pregnancy Tips for Week 21

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  • Stretch marks- you cannot prevent it, so you might as well embrace it. However, there are ways to make these marks fade away, post pregnancy.
  • The fast growing nails are a bit of a problem. Try a simple manicure at home without giving much pressure. It might also help to lighten up your mood.
  • Keep your windows and doors open for natural ventilation and adjust your AC for a suitable temperature while sleeping. Try natural food that cools your body.
  • Give a green pass for healthy food cravings and restrict the strange ones. Try to drink plenty of water, eat healthy fruits, nuts and dark chocolates (occasionally) to keep your.
  • Use a good moisturizer or natural oil, like coconut oil, around itchy areas for relief.

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