Pregnancy Week 21: Everything You Need To Know

Bayo Ajibola

Pregnancy Week 21. How your baby’s growing

Your baby this week weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long , he is also about the length of a carrot. Most mothers begin to assume their babies are learning martial arts while in there as the usual fluttering movement  turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. This week also sees baby’s eyebrows and lids more pronounced, and if you’re having a girl, her vagina has begun to form.

How your life’s changing

There is every probability that you are feeling much more comfortable these days. Your baby bump, isn’t too big yet, and the usual discomforts associated with early pregnancy are, for mostly gone by now.

Also, due to increased oil production, you may begin to develop acne or if it has always been present, it may be worse. Should you find yourself in any of these situations, be diligent about washing well with a gentle soap or cleanser twice a day, and if you are the type that always use makeup, ensure that whatever makeup product used on your face is oil-free. Avoid taking any oral acne medications — as some of them are very hazardous during pregnancy. Also refrain from using any topical acne products without first checking with your healthcare provider.

Also as pregnancy progresses, its possible that varicose veins will begin to appear due to increased pressure on the veins in your legs. This may even be worsened by the presence of higher progesterone levels, which may cause the walls of your veins to relax. Varicose veins may also appear due to genetics and may worsen with each successive pregnancy and as you age. In combating these varicose veins, exercise daily, prop up your feet and legs whenever possible, sleep on your left side, and wear maternity support hose.

Most oms also notice the presence of spider veins (a group of tiny blood vessels near the surface of your skin), particularly on their ankles, legs, or face. Though they may be a bit unsightly, they however do not cause discomfort and usually disappear after delivery.

Learn about: Sex during pregnancy

Is it normal to crave sex during pregnancy?

Some pregnant women attest to the fact that their craving for sex increases during this period. Most mums to be enjoy increased blood flow to the pelvic area and the heightened sensitivity to stimulation that this brings, as well as the increased vaginal lubrication due to hormonal changes. A mom to be once said:

“Hormones have turned me into a sex machine! I seem to want it more and more lately.”

If you also happen not to crave sex, it is very normal. A pregnant woman once said:

 “I have no desire to be intimate with my husband. It’s just that I’m tired all the time and uncomfortable in pretty much every position,” reports another pregnant mom.

What positions are most comfortable now?

A lot of mums to be will tell you they experimented with several sexual positions during this period.  Having intercourse side-by-side was a favorite for many.

Bayo Ajibola

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