Breastfeeding is the best for babies and a healthy diet / maternal nutrition is important when breastfeeding. A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse. Infant formula is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed. It is recommended that all formula milks be used on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, or other professional responsible for maternal and child care and the financial implications should be considered. All preparation and feeding instructions should be followed carefully as inappropriate preparation could lead to health hazards.

21 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby’s development

Your baby is now around 26cm long and weighs about 8oz. They can hear when you talk and sing – so now is a good time to start one-sided conversations with them, if you haven’t started already!

As their kidneys are now working, they’re starting to process your baby’s own waste. The brain is developing fast too, and needs lots of omega fatty acids to sustain its growth. These building blocks come from your own internal stores, so make sure to include foods such as oily fish in your diet. They’re a prime source of omega 3.

Now that you’re getting bigger, people are probably starting to notice that you’re pregnant and you might be getting some congratulations!

You & your body

You might also be feeling some aches and pains in your legs which is understandable, given that your body is having to do some extra work and being put under pressure a bit.

Make sure that you take things easy and use our tips to help avoid any swelling or puffiness in your legs:
• Rest with your feet up whenever you can
• 'Circle' your feet at the ankles to get your circulation going
• Try support stockings if your legs do get puffy
• Try doing regular stretching and walking – perhaps for 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon

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