OB ABCs

Week 21

week_21In the early weeks of your pregnancy, the lining of your uterus thickens as the blood vessels inside expand to sustain your growing baby. You may experience increased urinary frequency as a result of hormonal changes, such as with progesterone.

The second trimester brings with it a higher, more forward-positioned uterus that alters a prospective mom’s posture and causes aches from muscle tension and leg cramps from pressure on veins. The round ligaments, one of several ligaments that stabilize the uterus, may ache due to over-stretching. This is most common after strenuous activity or at the end of the day. Any such discomfort that persists should be discussed with your physician to ensure it’s not indicative of another problem.

Closer to the Big Day

Around week 22, you probably can feel your baby moving. Additionally, morning sickness may be subsiding, and you may feel more energetic or experience better sleep. Baby is growing quickly, so you may notice stretch marks on your stomach, thighs or even breasts. Keep your skin moisturized to keep the areas soothed.

TIPS

  • By this point in the second trimester, some women may notice droplets of watery, yellowish fluid on the nipples. This fluid is called colostrum, or early milk, and is a perfectly natural occurrence at this stage of pregnancy. If you choose to breastfeed, the antibodies in colostrum will help your baby build immunities.
  • If you want some respite from Braxton Hicks contractions, try walking, resting or changing positions. Unlike true labor contractions, these activities usually bring Braxton Hicks contractions to a halt.