21 Weeks – Size of a Carrot

Our baby this week is the size of a carrot, an estimated ten and a half inches in length and 3/4 of a pound in weight. For comparison I put a carrot next to the Parents Magazine that just arrived today starting our subscription. In this week baby begins to swallow as well as breathe in amniotic fluid.

This may be the week when movements described as flutters, I’ve been feeling gurgling and a popping here and there, may turn into movements that feel like taps or kicks. I really look forward to this both as a sign baby is growing and developing in a healthy way and as when that happens Matt will be able to feel some baby movements with a hand to my abdomen.

Baby’s skin grows even more intricate and sensitive this week. If i press on the right spot of myself baby may even press back. As the baby has seemed to get more active to certain tastes and music every so often, this will be fun to experience as well.

While the liver and spleen have made almost all of our baby’s blood cells, bone marrow has started contributing some as well. This is also one of many weeks in which brain development is growing fast. With his or her senses developing as well, baby may gain some idea of what my daily schedule of awake, active and meal times are like.

~ Danielle

 

Author: Over40FirstTimeMom.com

44 year old mother to our newborn son, William, with my husband, Matt. We live in California with our mischievous cat, Inky. I love our local sports teams (Go Giants! Go Sharks!), photography, the beach, WWE, reading and now spending lots of time as a family with one kid and one cat.

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