22 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
22 WEEKS PREGNANT
Grab the pickles and ice cream (or whatever weird thing you’re craving right now), sit back, prop up those swollen feet, and binge watch your favorite show on Netflix. At 22 weeks pregnant, you deserve a little R&R! In the last five months, your body has been through some major changes. You’ve experienced mood swings that change so fast it makes your head spin. You became so close with your toilet in the first few months that you actually named it. And now, your belly is growing bigger by the day it seems like and your baby is busy studying acrobatics in your belly – and getting better at it by the day, too!
In 22 weeks of pregnancy, your baby has grown to the size of a papaya! He or she measures around 10.9 inches long and weighs about 15.2 ounces! Your little one is growing so fast now!
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 22
Your pregnancy symptoms at week 22 will have more to do with your body trying to accommodate your enlarging belly for the most part. These are the most common pregnancy symptoms at 22 weeks.
- Outie belly button. Your belly button may pop outwards. This is a symptom that doesn’t happen to all pregnant women, but if it happens to you, know that it’s normal.
- Stretch marks. Ah, yes. Good old tiger stripes. Stretch marks occur when your skin stretches too fast or too much. Your skin basically tears, causing the stretch marks to appear. There’s no cure for stretch marks. There’s no way to keep them from happening, but they will fade over time and be less noticeable.
- More vaginal discharge. You may notice a little more vaginal discharge than you’re used to. This is normal, too, so don’t worry too much unless it has a bad odor or is a color other than white or clear. Just stock up on the pantyliners, so you don’t have to walk around in wet underwear all day. Yuck!
- Swollen feet and hands. Due to the increase in fluids coursing through your body, your hands and feet may become swollen sometimes. As long as the swelling is not severe or does not come on suddenly, you shouldn’t worry. Just prop those feet up, relax, and give the swelling a chance to go down.
- Increased sex drive. You’ll hear many women (and men, too!) say that pregnancy sex is amazing. For many, this is partly because you don’t have to worry about getting pregnant. Starting at 22 weeks pregnant, you may notice you’re in the mood a little more often than usual. This is in thanks to your raging hormones.
- Growing hair…everywhere. You’ll notice your hair may start to grow more, on your head and on other areas of your body as well. It’s those hormones making trouble again!
- Backaches. Backaches are common during pregnancy because of all that extra weight you’re carrying around on the front of you. Try using a heating pad to relieve some of the achiness. Putting a pillow behind your back when you’re sitting or lying down can offer some relief, too. This might also be a good time to sweet talk your significant other into giving you a nice back massage!
- Shortness of breath. As the baby gets bigger and takes up more space in your uterus, your internal organs get a bit crowded and smooshed. If you’re finding it hard to breathe, this is because your lungs don’t have enough room to fully expand. For this reason, it’s important that you try to avoid overexerting yourself.
22 WEEK BABY BUMP
If you see your OB this week, he or she will measure the fundal height of your belly. At 22 weeks pregnant, an average fundal height for a singleton pregnancy should fall somewhere between 20 to 24 centimeters from the top of the uterus to the pelvic bone. If you’re having twins, fundal heights aren’t measured because they’d be wildly inaccurate due to there being more than one baby.
You should be gaining about a pound a week at this point. A little more or a little less is not worrisome. You just don’t want to be packing on the pounds too quickly. And if you’re not quite gaining enough, there could be an issue going on. Don’t worry too much about your weight gain unless your doctor seems concerned.
22 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
At 22 weeks pregnant, baby’s features are developed. He or she just has a bit more growing to do! His or her senses are continuing to develop. Your baby can hear, although sounds are a bit muffled thanks to all that amniotic fluid he’s floating around in. Baby can also detect light, even though his eyelids are still fused shut, so if you were to shine a flashlight on your belly, the baby would sense the light!
If you haven’t had your mid-pregnancy ultrasound yet, then this is the week you should be having that. This ultrasound checks for abnormalities or growth problems of the baby’s organs and body. It also checks amniotic fluid levels, the placenta, and you may even get to learn if the baby is a boy or a girl!
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 22 WEEKS PREGNANT?
The main thing you should be doing at 22 weeks pregnant is resting as much as possible. Over the next few months, you’ll want to get as much rest as you can because once the baby is born, resting time will be limited!
Other things you should be doing at 22 weeks pregnant include:
- Research pediatricians. When the baby is born, the hospital will ask you who you’ve chosen as a pediatrician, so you will want to research a few different doctors and set up appointments to speak with them before choosing the one that you feel the most comfortable with taking care of your baby.
- Research breast pumps. If you’re planning on breastfeeding, you may want to do some research on the different breast pumps on the market. There are so many different ones, so it may seem overwhelming to choose one that’s going to work for you. Take some time while you’re resting to narrow down your choices!
- Sam C's Editorial Team