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21 Weeks Pregnant

You may be noticing aches and pains in your leg during or after 21 weeks pregnant. Just as with varicose veins, discussed in previous weeks, support stockings can help alleviate leg heaviness and aches during pregnancy. Try putting on your maternity support hose first thing in the morning. This will help alleviate unnecessary swelling and discomfort in your legs.

Also consider propping your feet up when sitting if you don’t already done so. Another way to alleviate aches and pains is regular exercise and stretching. Consider a 15-minute stretch and walk during your lunch break or once in the morning and once during the afternoon. This will go a long way toward alleviating aches and pains.

Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like she’s practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you’re having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.

Though not fully matured, your baby’s digestive system is also working at 21 weeks pregnant. The intestines are slowly starting to contract and relax, and your baby is able to swallow and absorb fluids through the amniotic fluid.

Though it seems unusual that your baby swallows amniotic fluid, this actually helps mature the digestive system.

At some point in your pregnancy, you might start noticing that your baby has started hiccupping. Believe it or not, hiccupping in utero is actually quite common. Fetal hiccups typically begin sometime during the second trimester. You may notice hiccups as a small, repetitive and rhythmic movement that occurs for a few minutes at a time in your belly.

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