Week 21 of pregnancy: Mother and Babies development and changes

length

26 cm

Baby’s Development: Forming Features and Movements

Your little one is now equipped with perfectly formed fingers and toes, and those subtle flutters you’ve been feeling will soon transform into more distinct kicks. At approximately 8 ounces and 26cm long, your baby is experiencing rapid growth. They can now perceive sounds from the outside world, making it an ideal time to engage them with talking, singing, or soothing music.

Nutrition for You and Your Baby’s Growth

As your baby’s brain develops swiftly, it requires specific omega-3 and -6 fatty acids called LCPs (long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids). Research indicates that a higher intake of LCPs during pregnancy may reduce the risk of preterm delivery and enhance visual, brain, and movement development in infancy. Incorporating omega-3-rich foods like mackerel, sardines, and trout into your diet is crucial. However, limit oily fish consumption to two portions per week and avoid fish oil supplements due to potential high vitamin A levels, which could harm your baby.

Healthy Eating Tips and Pregnancy Preparation

While indulging in sweets and fatty foods may be tempting, they provide extra calories without the necessary nutrients for you and your baby. Following the Eatwell Plate guidelines can help ensure you’re consuming a balanced diet. Additionally, it’s essential to consider your post-pregnancy shape when making dietary choices now. As you approach the halfway mark of your pregnancy, you may find your bump more noticeable, prompting thoughts of preparations for your new arrival. Consider creating a checklist to help you organize and purchase necessary items.

Managing Pregnancy Discomforts

Carrying extra weight may strain your body and legs, leading to aches, pains, or swelling. To alleviate discomfort, try elevating your feet whenever possible, engage in ankle circles to improve circulation, consider wearing support socks or maternity tights, and incorporate gentle exercises like walking into your routine.

Seeking Relaxation and Support

As you navigate through pregnancy, it’s essential to find moments of relaxation and seek support when needed. If you’re looking for pregnancy-safe relaxation methods or have questions about your journey, our Careline team is available to assist you between 9 am and 5 pm, Saturday to Thursday.

 

Changes Description
Baby’s Development: Forming Features and Movements Your baby now has perfectly formed fingers and toes, and those subtle flutters you’ve been feeling will soon transform into more distinct kicks.
Nutrition for You and Your Baby’s Growth Incorporating omega-3-rich foods like mackerel, sardines, and trout into your diet is crucial for your baby’s brain development. Consider following the Eatwell Plate guidelines for a balanced diet.
Healthy Eating Tips and Pregnancy Preparation Indulging in sweets and fatty foods may be tempting, but they lack essential nutrients. Create a checklist to prepare for your new arrival and consider your post-pregnancy shape in dietary choices.
Managing Pregnancy Discomforts To alleviate discomfort from carrying extra weight, elevate your feet, engage in gentle exercises like walking, and consider wearing support socks or maternity tights.

 

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