22 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- It’s better to start getting organized early, instead of leaving things to the last minute; that way, you can take your time. Start putting together a decorating and shopping plan for your baby’s nursery and a list of other baby essentials you’ll need, like a car seat and a stroller.
- The second trimester is a great time to take a “babymoon” with your partner, so consider going on a short vacation or weekend away soon.
- If you happen to have a prenatal appointment this week, you can ask your healthcare provider what to do if you come down with a cold or the flu. There may be certain medications she recommends you avoid taking while pregnant.
- If you’re 22 weeks pregnant with twins, then consider taking maternity leave early, as twins or multiples often arrive ahead of schedule. Consult with your provider, and take the time to discuss your plans with your employer.
The size of your baby at 22 weeks pregnant is between 9 and 11 inches long with a weight of 13 ounces to one pound. Your baby now has only 1 percent body fat, but he will start to put on layers of what’s called brown fat, which helps keep him warm. It’s quite possible that you’ll be feeling your baby’s movements this week. As your bump is becoming prominent, most people will be able to tell you’re pregnant, making pregnancy seem all the more real for you. If you’re wondering how many months is 22 weeks pregnant, well, you’ve now entered about the fifth month of pregnancy. Here are more details on what you might experience this week.
Your Baby’s Development
The senses your baby will use to learn about the world are developing daily. Taste buds have started to form on the tongue, and the brain and nerve endings are formed enough so that the fetus can feel touch. Your baby may experiment with this newfound sense by stroking his or her face or sucking on a thumb, as well as feeling other body parts and seeing how they move.
Your baby’s reproductive system continues to develop. In boys, the testes have begun to descend from the abdomen, and in girls, the uterus and ovaries are in place and the vagina is developed.
If you haven’t felt them already, you may soon notice your uterus practicing for delivery with irregular, painless contractions called Braxton Hicks contractions. You may feel a squeezing sensation in your abdomen. Don’t worry, though: Your baby may be able to feel the contraction as it squeezes the uterus, but these aren’t dangerous or harmful.
But if the contractions become more intense, painful, or frequent, contact your health care provider immediately because painful, regular contractions may be a sign of preterm labor.
Pregnancy symptoms at 22 weeks
Your radiant skin is proof that not all pregnancy symptoms are unpleasant. You’re retaining more moisture than you did before you conceived, and you have a lot more blood pumping through your body. The effect on your skin is commonly known as the “pregnancy glow”.
Your hair’s looking pretty great too. Before you were pregnant, you grew new hairs at the same rate that your older hairs fell out. However, thanks to the extra oestrogen in your system, your hairs are now growing for a much longer time before they fall out. So your locks are looking extra voluminous.
What you need to know at 22 weeks pregnant
You don’t need to wait until your baby’s born to start bonding with her. There are plenty of ways for you and your partner to feel closer to your bump.
Massaging your bump is a great way to bond. As long as you’re gentle, it won’t hurt her. The first time you feel your baby move in response to your touch is a special milestone. Massage can also improve your circulation, sleep and mood.