21 Weeks & Counting

This week I enter my 21st week of pregnancy.  As this blog seeks to chronicle my pregnancy adventure, I’ll be posting updates on my weekly status. Also, for brief updates, follow me on twitter: www.twitter.com/mamainstyle.com .

So, speaking of 21 weeks, I cannot believe how quickly the time is going and how rapidly things change! However, I must admit that the 5th month of pregnancy has been my favorite so far.  My belly is round, so I can proudly show off my bump, but I’m not yet uncomfortable. I also haven’t gained too much weight in butt and hips.  Fabulous!  I have a few aches in my back maybe once per week, but it’s nothing that a little hot water bottle and rub from the husband won’t cure.  Also, since leaving my first trimester, I’ve left behind the morning sickness (actually all day sickness) and persistent exhaustion that I experienced daily.   Furthermore, thus far I’ve been able to ward off the dreaded belly stretch marks of pregnancy.  Hooray!!  As of now, I’m loving the 5th month, but like I keep saying: things change quickly…

Other than those occasional aches, the only other weird body quirks or pregnancy symptoms I’ve experienced in my 5th month is shortness of breath.  I’ve found that climbing stairs or walking a little too quickly can cause sudden bursts of intense breathlessness.  As with any new body experience, I was a little concerned at first.  However, after consulting with my doctor and my handy pregnancy books, I discovered this was a natural part of pregnancy at this stage.  Why? Well apparently, as things inside shift to make room for my growing son, this can cause crowding to my lungs.  Also, according to What to Expect[i] the increase in hormone levels common during pregnancy can “stimulate the respiratory center to increase the frequency and depth of your breaths, giving you that out-of-breath feeling.”  So, if you ever see me or any other pregnant woman panting heavily for no apparent reason, that could be a possible explanation.

Enough about me, here’s what’s happening with the little one this week:

  • He measures anywhere from 7-11 inches long
  • He weighs about 11 ounces
  • Lots of kicking
  • He begins swallowing amniotic fluid (meaning he tastes what I taste)
  • His arms and legs are in proportion
  • He now has eyebrows and eyelids

Fun times indeed.

[i] Murkoff, Heidi, and Sharon Mazel, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, New York: Workman Publishing, 2008