You’re now 22 weeks pregnant and your baby is now starting to look more and more like it will once it’s born. This is an important week – your child is slowly beginning to use their senses, which is making them more aware of their surroundings.
This week, your baby is about the size of a coconut.
Already the size of a coconut! Your baby is really growing fast and taking up more and more space within your belly. You may start experiencing more acute back pain due to the increased belly weight. If you do experience back pain that is extremely painful and won’t go away, please speak about it with your doctor.
By now, your baby should be about 11 inches long and weigh roughly 15.2 to 15.5 ounces. Don’t worry if your baby is a little lower or higher than these numbers – your doctor will let you know if there’s anything worrisome about your child’s length and weight.
Your Baby’s Development
Your baby’s development is exciting during the final stage of pregnancy. This week, your baby should be able to hear your own heartbeat, which will usually help soothe them. This is also one of the main reasons why heartbeat sounds are so soothing to newborns – it reminds them of their comforting environment when they were in your belly.
Their hearing is still developing, but they might also be able to hear your breathing and even your body digesting food. If you haven’t already begun talking to your baby, now is a great time to start!
Other interesting developments this week include your baby being able to swallow and they may also start hiccuping. At 22 weeks pregnant, your baby will also begin breathing in amniotic fluid. No need to worry though, this is completely normal and not harmful to your child.
Your Symptoms & Body Changes
Just like your baby, your own body is also undergoing a lot of changes. At 22 weeks of pregnancy, you’ll most likely start experiencing more oily skin. This can cause clogged pores and may bring on acne. You can use any over the counter acne solutions to help prevent this and also make sure to shower daily.
Your skin is most likely stretching at a faster rate than the first few months. As your bump gets bigger, your stretched skin may feel irritable and itchy. However, it’s important not to scratch it – this will only make the situation worse. Instead, invest in some good quality lotions and oils for pregnant bellies, you will be thankful later.
Other common occurrences at 22 weeks pregnant include active babies that kick and move around frequently. Less enjoyable symptoms could include haemorrhoids and urine leaks. To help prevent urine leaks, you could try doing some kegel exercises.
Your baby’s eyesight is forming and they can now perceive light and dark. Try shining a bright light on your belly like a strong flashlight and see if your baby reacts by moving around or kicking.
Does your baby react when shining a flashlight on your belly?
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