The 22nd Week of Pregnancy

Pregnancy Week by Week – The 22nd Week of Pregnancy

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The 22nd Week of Pregnancy means that your baby has finally broken the one-pound stage. Moms-to-be are having some noticeable changes in their appearance.

What to expect at 22 weeks pregnant? What’s happening inside your body?

Gaining weight is the most noticeable symptom at the 22nd week of pregnancy and along with it comes the following symptoms:

  • Stretch Marks

Most pregnant women notice some obvious stretch marks not only on their bellies but on their hips, thighs, and breasts as well so make sure to use a rub moisturizer!

  • Increased Sex Drive

Most pregnant women experience a noticeable increase in their sex drive that’s because their hormones are raging at this week.

  • Increased Vaginal Discharge

If you’re having an increased vaginal discharge, just relax this is your body’s protective way to keep you away from bacteria

  • Backaches

Having painful backaches during this week of pregnancy is completely normal as your expanding baby puts extra pressure on you.

  • Hair Growth

I believe most pregnant women are happy with this symptom in particular as their hair not falling off, on the contrary, it’s growing shiner.

  • Breathe Shortness

As your baby keeps on developing and growing they crowd to your lungs causing you shortness of your breath.

Remember to take short fresh air breaks!

  • Dizziness

Your continuing-expanding uterus can put extra pressure on your blood vessels and reduce the blood flow into your brain; therefore feeling dizzy is completely normal so drink plenty of water to overcome the dizziness.

  • Leg Cramps

Some experts believe that leg cramps during pregnancy can be caused by lack of Calcium or Magnesium in pregnant women’s diet

  • Constipation

Your expanding-uterus is also putting pressure on your bowels; light exercises can relieve this feeling.

  • Heartburn

 Although heartburn is a really annoying feeling, it’s not harmful. It’s a normal common symptom at this phase of pregnancy so ask your doctor for some recommendations.

How big is your baby at 22 weeks pregnant?

At 22 weeks pregnant, your baby now is as big as the size of a coconut; weighing around 15.2 ounces and measuring about 10.9 inches long.

 

What’s happening with your baby? (Your Baby’s Development)

At 22 weeks pregnant, your baby starts to make more sense of the world as he or she keeps growing and developing their sense of touch! Amazingly, your upcoming baby’s grip is pretty strong now. As there’s nothing inside to grab, he or she will hold on tight to the umbilical cord. In addition, your baby’s liver starts to provide the various enzymes that are necessary to break down the bilirubin.

 

22 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

By 22 weeks, your baby-to-be has chosen his or her favorite position “C shape” with his or her legs tucked into their chest and head pulled over their knees. Now, your baby is sleeping in cycles from 12 to 14 hours per day.

 

The Checklist for the 22nd week of pregnancy:

  • Pick your maternity photographer
  • Attend baby wearing workshops
  • The nutritious diet is a must!
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Keep taking photos of your belly
  • Keep taking your prenatal vitamins

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Post Author: Pregnancy House

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