• Shannon Bally

Week 21 and Financial Planning with Jen Paterson

Updated: Jan 14, 2019

Congratulations mama you’ve made it to week 21 you’re officially passed the halfway point in your pregnancy. This week your baby is about 10 1/2 inches long from head to toe and weighs about 11 to 12 1/2 ounces.


Inside your little ones body more blood cells are starting to develop. It’s the liver and spleen’s job to make them before this point and now the bone marrow are mature enough to help as well.


Baby is also starting to practice swallowing by consuming small amounts of the amniotic fluid surrounding him.


Your baby’s arms and legs are finally in proportion now to the rest of his body. Baby also has a lot more control over his limit movements which explains all the kicking in stretching your feeling on the inside.


As for you mama at 21 weeks pregnant you might be starting to see some stretch marks. What happens with stretch marks is that the tissue under your skin gets torn as your skin stretches to accommodate your growing baby. Only about 50% of women get them during pregnancy and darker skinned women are less likely to get them plus they’re probably not gonna be as visible as on fair skin women. Unfortunately, there’s no proven way to prevent stretch marks from appearing but there are some amazing lotions and creams out there that will help keep your epidermis moisturized. Staying hydrated may help minimize stretch marks as well.


If you haven’t started your registry yet, now is a good time to get that going. Even if you don’t plan to have a shower, you will have a list of items you can refer friends and family to should they want to gift you something.


We talk a lot more about the registry in this week’s interview, but before we get into that, I want to announce our Resolutions series. For the next few episodes, we will be taking you through finances, healthy habits, estate planning and wardrobe advice. Make sure soupy attention because a few guests even have special deals for the BumpCast Listeners.

Without further adieu, I’d like to introduce this week’s guest: Jen Paterson.



Jen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Dollar Divas. Jen has worked in finance for over 15 years and has dedicated her career to learning about finance and everything money. She got an Economics degree from the University of Victoria and worked as a financial advisor directly out of college. Dollar Divas was a passion project that was born in 2012 when she and her partner decided that the financial education options for women sucked. They knew they could do better. In her off time she loves hanging out with my family (including her husband and 2 year old daughter and pit-bull who thinks he's a lap dog) and playing fast pitch with her amazing ball team.


I’m super excited to bring you this interview, I hope that you gain as much knowledge as I did during the interview and can bring away some useful tips to get you on track with your financial goals!


Now, Let’s dive into the interview!


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