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Week 21 of Pregnancy

FACTS:

Your baby’s muscles are now more developed. You may notice there is more activity when you are resting and less when you are moving around. This is because your movement creates a soothing, rocking sensation coaxing your baby to sleep.

The top of your womb, called the “fundus” may almost reach your navel. At your antenatal appointments, your health professional will measure your bump from the pubic bone to the fundus. As a guide, it should measure 1cm for every week of your pregnancy.

As your uterus begins to move above the navel the skin stretches and may be itchy. This is a normal reaction, though if you notice an abnormal itchiness all over your body at any point, contact your health professional to rule out the possibility of obstetric cholestasis, a rare liver-related condition.

TIPS:

Drink plenty of water to flush away the waste products produced by your growing baby.

Start considering what you would like to include on your birth plan. You may require some time to investigate options and decide what is important to you. For advice click here

Are you experiencing heartburn? This burning sensation in the lower chest is caused by a combination of hormones and indigestion rising up into your oesophagus. For tips on how to relieve heartburn click here

Listen to your body. If you are really worried call your doctor, no matter how trivial your concern may seem.






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