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Pregnant - week 21

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, 17 January 2019 14:30Laatste update op: 2 August 2019 16:11

You are now halfway through your pregnancy. You can now sometimes see your belly bulge when the baby moves.

Mom

Your uterus has stretched upwards and more or less reaches your navel. As the uterus is now growing fast, you may suffer from ligament pain. This is a strong pain under and next to the uterus.

Do you suffer from shortness of breath? This is because your diaphragm is being pushed up so your lungs have less room. In addition, the large amount of progesterone stimulates breathing. This ensures that more air is breathed in and out.
To make sure that you breathe properly we have listed some breathing exercises below:

  • Keep an eye on your posture
  • Breathe slowly and fully all the way into your pelvis
  • Count during your breathing, try to inhale in five counts and exhale in five counts.
  • When you breathe, focus on each full, relaxed exhalation and you will notice that inhaling will go automatically.

Baby

The baby is now 27 centimeters. This is over halfway; most babies grow to between 45 and 50 cm. The baby weighs 380 grams and is approximately the size of a large carrot. The baby will now mainly increase in weight, as it still has to grow almost 10 times heavier!

Your baby still has lots of room in your belly and is enjoying itself. In this period of the pregnancy your baby is developing many senses: hearing, language, taste, smell and sight. All these developments take place in special parts of the brain.

It also experiencing so-called REM sleep, so your baby can now dream! This REM sleep is very important in the development of the brain.

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