Hello ladies! Now that you’re into the 22nd week of pregnancy, you are only weeks away from your third trimester. And you know what?!… Your baby is already the size of a small doll now! Super!
Your baby is now of the size of a Papaya!
By 22nd week, your baby is 10.9 inches long (from the crown of the head to the heel of the foot) and 15.2 ounces in weight. Your baby now looks like a miniature newborn!
Baby’s brain has entered a phase of extremely rapid growth. Baby’s lips are becoming more distinct and eyes have developed; though the iris still lacks pigment, its eyebrows and eyelids are in place.
Baby’s pancreas, essential for hormone production, is developing steadily and the first signs of teeth are showing beneath its gum line. Before you know it, your baby will be smiling at you! 🙂
Baby is sleeping in cycles – about 12 to 14 hours per day (They’re probably those times you’re not feeling any kicks!). If you haven’t had your mid-pregnancy ultrasound yet, this is the week! This 18- to 22-weeks pregnant ultrasound gives you a glimpse of all baby’s major organs and other body parts.
At this point, your baby has only 1 percent of body fat. But from here onward, baby will be adding layers of fat, which will help to produce and retain body heat. Your little one’s fat is a lot like the kind you’re putting on during pregnancy. It’s called brown fat and is readily turned into energy to keep both of you on an even keel.
Your Pregnant Belly
At 22 weeks pregnant, weight gain is likely on your mind. Your uterus is certainly growing, but you can probably still bend over, sit, drive, and function fairly comfortably.
You may have increased vaginal discharge as your pregnancy progresses. Yeast infections during pregnancy are quite common. Symptoms include redness and itchiness around your vagina and a yeast-smelling discharge, but douching during pregnancy is not advised.
This is a good time to have your iron levels checked and to make sure you’re drinking enough water, given how much your blood volume has increased over the past few months.
Despite the occasional aches and pains, this stage of pregnancy is fun! Your belly has grown enough for you to really “feel” pregnant, and the rest of the world knows it too. But you’re not so big yet that you have trouble getting out of a chair or tying your shoes. Your morning sickness has probably ended, and your appetite’s back. Enjoy this time.
If you come down with a cold or flu, the first thing you should do is let your healthcare provider know. Don’t take any over-the-counter medications unless your doctor or midwife gives you the go-ahead sign. To encourage a speedy recovery, be sure to drink extra fluids, and try to eat regularly.
Now that you’re pregnant, you have an increase in the amount of fluids in your body. So minor swelling is totally normal and will die down pretty much as soon as baby is born. Severe or sudden swelling, on the other hand, is not normal. It could be a sign of a dangerous pregnancy complication called pre-eclampsia, so tell your doctor right away if you’re super swollen or swollen with sudden onset.
Baby continues to crowd your lungs, making it tough to breathe at times. Remember not to take your workouts too far, and when you feel winded, take a break right away.
Your Week 22 Checklist!
- Don’t take over-the-counter medications without consulting your Doctor.
- Book an appointment for your mid-pregnancy ultrasound if you haven’t done it yet.
- Check your iron levels.
- Enjoy these last few weeks of being able to easily get out of chairs and tie your shoes.
- Decide a maternity photographer so that you can cherish all these precious moments forever! 🙂
Present content is not a medical advise nor should it be substituted for one. Please consult a certified medical professional for medical consultation.