Your pregnancy at 21 weeks
What's happening with mum
As you continue to grow and your bump becomes more pronounced, the changes taking place inside can have adverse effects.
Stretch marks are a common complaint of pregnancy and can appear as a result of the stretching of the skin to accomodate growth, especially in the tummy, breasts, hips and thighs.
Although there is no way of knowing whether you will develop them it is advised that you keep your skin moisturised to help protect it. If you do develop these purplish red streaks it is nice to
know that although they never completely disappear, after the birth they usually fade to a silver grey or white
What's happening with baby
Your baby is now getting in training for all those experiences awaiting him after the birth. By swallowing a little amniotic fluid every day he is helping the formation of the gastrointestinal tract.
The amniotic fluid contains electrolytes, proteins, Carbohydrates, lipids and urea which all contribute to the healthy growth of the baby.
Because baby's taste buds are now developed, he can also experience the different flavours of food you have eaten, especially particularly strong tasting foods like spices.