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Guide to Being 21 Weeks Pregnant


What You Might Be Feeling

During week 21, you should still be trucking along and feeling pretty good -- your pregnant body is kind of on autopilot right now. You're feeling fairly chipper and are still getting a decent amount of sleep at night, your belly isn't too unwieldy, and you can actually get out of a chair without having to call the fire department for help. But, of course, there are a few things that could be bothering you, like:

  • Oily skin and breakouts: That pregnancy glow caused by raging hormones and increased blood circulation might leave you feeling a bit greasy. To combat yucky skin, use a gentle non-soap cleanser and oil-free makeup.
  • Swelling: As always, your best bets for preventing swelling in your extremities are to drink lots of water and keep your feet propped up whenever possible.
  • Varicose veins: Your body is doing a lot of extra work these days, which puts a lot of pressure on your blood vessels and causes them to bulge out from the surface of your skin. High progesterone levels and family history also up your chances of getting varicose veins, but exercise, sleeping on your left side and (we hate to even say it) support hose can help minimize them.

If you think your body is changing, just think about your baby, who's basically unrecognizable from the tiny bundle of cells he was only a few weeks ago . . .


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