Your baby is growing fast, developing eyelashes and eyebrows, and is covered in white stuff called ‘vernix caseosa,’ to protect the skin from its long soak in your amniotic fluid.
The vernix will also stop your baby from scratching himself as his fingernails are beginning to grow.
Your baby’s eyelids will still be closed, this is to help protect against wandering hands and toes. He’ll still be able to tell between light and dark though.
As a 21 week pregnant mum-to-be, it probably feels like you’ve been pregnant forever, and you could be kept awake at night by an active baby due to 21 weeks pregnant movement. You may find that your baby develops a routine to his movement, with periods of activity and then rest.
You might feel a little down about your weight gain but you don’t have to feel frumpy, lots of shops do great maternity ranges so find one that suits you!
If you’ve noticed a clear or white vaginal discharge, don’t worry – this is normal during pregnancy. But, if it becomes thick or yellow, seek medical advice as it may be a sign of infection.
What to think about
Now may be a good time to book some antenatal classes if you haven’t already.
The antenatal appointments will now come thick and fast depending on whether this is your first pregnancy or if you’re expecting more than one.
To boost circulation, give maternity stockings a try. If you suffer from swollen ankles or aching feet, this might alleviate some stress.
Try to find ways to unwind. Why not try an antenatal massage? Always check with your doctor or midwife before booking the appointment and make sure your masseuse is experienced.