21 Week Belly (July 4, 2008)
19 more weeks and I’m scared of just how round I will be!
You’re probably feeling pretty comfortable these days. You’re not too big yet, and the usual discomforts associated with early pregnancy are, for the most part, gone. If you’re feeling good, relax and enjoy it while you can — the third trimester may bring with it a new crop of complaints.
That’s not to say you won’t have some minor glitches to deal with now. For example, increased oil production may contribute to the development (or worsening) of acne. If that’s the case, be diligent about washing well with a gentle soap or cleanser twice a day, and make sure that any moisturizer or make-up you use is oil-free. Don’t take any oral acne medications — some are very hazardous during pregnancy — or use any topical acne products without first checking with your practitioner.
You’re also more prone to varicose veins now. As your pregnancy progresses, there’s increasing pressure on the veins in your legs; higher progesterone levels, which may cause the walls of your veins to relax, can make the problem worse. You’re more likely to get varicose veins if other family members have them. Also, they tend to get worse with each successive pregnancy and as you age. To help prevent or minimize varicose veins, exercise daily, prop up your feet and legs whenever possible, sleep on your left side, and wear maternity support hose.
You may also notice so-called spider veins (a group of tiny blood vessels near the surface of your skin), particularly on your ankles, legs, or face. They may have a spider- or sunburst-like pattern with little branches radiating out from the center, they may look like the branches of a tree, or they may be a group of separate thin lines with no particular pattern. Though they may be a bit unsightly, spider veins don’t cause discomfort and usually disappear after delivery.
I am having to sleep on my left side all the time – nothing else is comfortable, though I do sometimes wake up on my back (again, though, I wake up because I am uncomfortable). I can feel her move a lot more often and they are strong enough for Jeff (or who ever is close) to feel them too. We are still talking about her name, so no news on that to share.
I’ll post a picture from tomorrow (Dogwood Dell!!!) as my 21 week picture. Miss Bean Cronin will have her first exposure to fireworks. I can’t wait to see if she reacts. According to everything I’ve read, she can hear loud noises that are around me.
3 Days Until We Know Boy or Girl!
(Belly photo will be posted later today!)
Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He or she is also around 6 1/2 inches
long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements
are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the “crown to rump”
measurement. After 20 weeks, he’s measured from head to toe.)
He or she is
swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his/her digestive
system. He/She is also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of
digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his/her bowels, and
you’ll see it in his/her first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in
the womb or during delivery).