Twenty One Weeks Pregnant

Fetus in the 21st week of pregnancy

Pregnancy has become fairly routine by this stage, but it is still important to eat right, exercise daily, rest when needed, and prepare yourself for any unexpected changes you may experience.

One of the hardest parts of pregnancy is to adjust to weight gain and a shifting body. You are learning how to walk (waddle?) and sleep differently (it is recommended to sleep on your side). Be considerate of these changes, especially while walking around and being in public. The excess blood your body is producing and your changing center of gravity can cause you to trip, faint, or move in ways that are unsafe.

Another symptom of excess blood flow that you may start to notice is swelling, especially in your lower extremities. Your ankles, feet, and toes may become sore and puffy, and it is important to wear comfortable shoes and elevate your feet as much as possible. If the swelling becomes extreme (in the hands as well), you should discuss with your doctor to make sure that you are not experiencing symptoms of preeclampsia--a serious condition that can start after week 20.