Your Pregnancy at Week 21by Your Baby Club
Only 4 months to go until you are holding your little one in your arms! Your baby is now roughly the size of a large banana, with ever-decreasing room to spin, twist and kick you out of at least a few hours of much-needed sleep!
For your little ones, sleep is becoming a regular part of their routine, with them now sleeping almost as much as a newborn. Their taste buds are now developing, as all of those tasty meals you have been having in the outside world are now also tasted by your baby within the amniotic fluid.
It’s swallowed to help them practice swallowing and digesting food, key skills they will need for the outside world, this amniotic fluid also provides nutrition and hydration for them in the womb. They’ll get a taste for whatever you’re eating, so it’s time to start introducing them to a whole range of foods - veggies, fruits, and tastes that can help them be less picky once they’re at weaning age.
Their limbs are now finally in proportion to their body and bones inside them are firming up, meaning their movements are now more controlled and less twitchy.
For your body, a somewhat more unwanted change may be underway, stretch marks! Unfortunately, it is estimated that at least 1 in 2 women get them, however, these marks do not stay as vivid as they start out forever, instead of fading over time. It may be worth looking at some stretch mark prevention treatments on the market (there are loads, with varying levels of success) and keep your skin full of moisture, drink lots of water and manage your eating habits to avoid rapid weight gain.
Let's take a look at what to expect in week 22.