Foetus at 21 weeks
We’ve had some rather bonny weather over the last couple of weeks and I’ve discovered that I feel the heat with even the slightest rise in temperature. It turns out that carrying a baby is like having your own, personal internal mini-radiator. I’ve also definitely noticed I’m slowing up a fair bit in walking – it takes me a good extra five minutes to get to work these days, so I’m estimating that by the time I go on maternity leave, I’ve be taking almost three-quarters of an hour to get to the office!
Some interesting facts about being 21 weeks pregnant:
- Tadpole is now measured from crown to foot and is approximately 10.5 inches long and weighs about three-quarters of a pound
- Eyebrows and eyelids are now fully developed and fingernails now cover the fingertips
- Tadpole can now hear our voices (which is nice to know, because I’ve started reading aloud The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter every now and then, and also hum and sing to Tad when I’m alone!)
Things that have happened this week:
We had a bit of a disappointing 20-week scan due to our sonographer being a bit crap, but will be having another scan at 22 weeks. Fortunately, though, we were told that everything seems to be fine with Tadpole who is growing nicely.
I have been getting some really strange feelings down low that felt like Tadpole was curling up into a tight ball and then doing a quick star jump. I read today that this is actually Braxton Hicks contractions! Don’t worry – they’re completely different from labour contractions, so I’ll not be inadvertently giving birth!
Tadpole is also continuing to kick me rather hard, but we’re not feeling it on the outside just yet (although, i’ll be very surprised if we don’t start feeling it within the next few weeks as I’m really taking quite a battering!). The only thing that seems to settle Tadpole when s/he is in a kicking mood is if Dale rubs my belly. It doesn’t work if it’s me doing the rubbing, it has to be Dale! Thanks to this little trick, we’re able to get Tad to settle down long enough for me to get to sleep at nights. 🙂