Your Pregnancy: Week 22

Pregnancy week by week: You are 22 weeks pregnant


 

Your Body

Is it non-stop bump talk in your house or with your friends? This may be causing you some anxiety. While stress cannot be eliminated from daily life, make an effort to worry less about your pregnancy and relax more (ongoing, heightened stress levels in mothers are known to increase chances of premature birth and low birth weight). Find ways to unwind: read, garden, watch a funny TV show and get a massage.

Replenishing fluids while pregnant is vital. Water carries nutrients through the blood to your baby. It also helps to counteract a number of symptoms, including hemorrhoids, constipation and bladder infections. You’ll know you’re drinking enough water — at least two litres each day — when your pee is the shade of pale yellow. Milk, juice, soups, fruits and vegetables contain a lot of H2O and count toward your daily requirements.

Like your tummy, your feet are growing (and swelling) so much so that you might have graduated to a bigger shoe size. Relaxin, the pregnancy hormone that loosens ligament and joints is spreading the bones underneath them in your feet. The bones aren’t really growing; the ligaments that keep foot bones together are just looser. Fingers crossed that your feet return to their original size; 15 percent of new moms need to buy a new shoe wardrobe.

Baby’s World

She’s 19 cm. (7.5 in.) when measured from the top of her head to her bum, weighs 350 g (0.77 lb.) and is about the size of a papaya. Her see-through skin will become opaque but will still appear red until enough fat builds underneath its layers. Her irises are pigment-free. Her brain is now capable of making more sophisticated neurological links, and she’s exploring her newly-acquired talents by touching her face and grabbing the umbilical cord. Her firm grip can hold a teeny-tiny object.

Fun Fact

Research shows that newborn babies suck more vigorously when they to listen songs or stories that they heard while in the womb.

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