By 22 weeks pregnant, everything seems to expand on your body, ranging from your breasts, to your belly, to your thighs and even to your butt. At that time, your weight gain can be as high as 15 pounds for an average woman. In the next few weeks, don’t be amazed if someone you don’t know starts coming up to you and touching your belly. She can even ask you how far along you are. But, you’re able to welcome this big attention or can feel uncomfortable, depending on the kind of person you are. Don’t want anyone to touch you? Just tell them how you feel, or even take a step backward and then place your hand up.
It is also an ideal time set your daily routine of “bonding with baby.” Every day, make sure to spend a few minutes talking to him/her and rubbing your stomach. Don’t forget to let your spouse enjoy this activity with you. In fact, the appearance of the dad can create a nice and loving bond between him and his baby.
Have you recognized that your face is glowing? In general, your increased volume of blood that circulates through your skin can make your skin become brighter. Besides, your increased hormones may make it shinier. However, just keep in mind that not all of the expectant mothers will experience a “pregnancy glow”. On the contrary, some of their skin may even turn for the worse.
22 Weeks Pregnant – Changes in your body
At 22 weeks pregnant development, your doctor has probably scheduled a glucose test for you. Such test is done for gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes tends to affect up to 8% of expectant mothers – many who’ve never had diabetic symptoms before.
According to a recent study, the biggest-risk factor for gestational diabetes was even being obese or overweight during pregnancy. That’s why you should have a healthy diet during pregnancy that can help to contribute to the gestational diabetes diagnosis. Such diagnosis can manage your diet as well as test your blood sugar regularly. The best way to help with insulin resistance is to get regular exercise, such as a daily walk for 20-30 minutes. Of course, you don’t need to be strenuous. It is also important to check with your healthcare provider before beginning or even increasing a physical activity routine.
In addition, your tummy becomes bigger and bigger. For sure, it is not the only thing that is changing. Your feet are more swelling than usual. That’s because of pregnancy swelling, called edema, and the pregnancy hormone, called relaxin. At that time, your feet may increase by a half or a whole shoe size. There is nothing, but trying to choose a bigger and comfortable pair of shoes that you can wear during the pregnancy. Stay away from sky-high stilettos. Instead, balanced shoes are better!
22 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms of pregnancy
For many women, this is indeed an easy week for pregnancy symptoms! They feel fine in the middle of the 2nd trimester. However, this does not mean that they cannot experience any prickly signs. Some symptoms you might feel at 22 weeks pregnant are:
- Varicose veins
- Abdominal pain
- Changes in vaginal discharge
- Pelvic pressure
22 Weeks Pregnant – Your baby development
My baby at 22 weeks is about 28-30 centimeters in length, weighs about between 368 – 450 grams, and equal to around the size of a papaya. He/she begins looking more like a newborn than ever, with prominent eyelids and eyebrows, lips, and even tiny tooth buds. The angel will also be able to perceive light and dark better, even if his/her eyelids are still fused. His/her hearing improves, too! He/she is able to hear your voice, heartbeat, and even the noises of your stomach gurgling and your blood circulating.
In addition, your little one’s face is also fully formed now. He/she is beginning to gain fat. Around this time, while he/she still has a lot of growing to do and continues putting on more weight with each passing week, such ultrasound photos should start to look more like what you imagine in a real baby.
What should you do?
At 22 weeks pregnant, you can feel more comfortable with pregnancy symptoms. It is also an ideal time to do what you like, including going shopping, watching films, hanging out with friends without worrying your big belly, etc.
- Slow down: This week, it is quite normal to feel light-headed or dizzy. The reason is that there is so much blood being directed to your womb that helps with your baby’s development. Make a habit of getting up slowly so that the blood flow is gradually able to adjust.
- Keep snacking: Ensure to eat regular healthy snacks, like nuts, raisins, a banana, seedless tangerine, apple, etc. Always stay hydrated to keep energy levels up. Of course, your blood sugar does not fall or rise too quickly. If you feel dizzy or faint, make sure to sit down and then put your head between your knees. This helps the blood return to your brain and the dizziness will disappear soon.
- Plan a holiday: 22 weeks of pregnancy is also the time to consider having a break before the baby is born. Why? That’s because you are still comfortable and normal enough to travel. Most of the airlines tend to have restrictions on flying during the pregnancy with a medical clearance that is required to fly past 36 weeks. In case you have a multiple pregnancy or experience complications, then the “relaxing” period should be as early as 32 weeks.
- Rediscover baths in case you are not on water restrictions. Sometimes, lying back in the water as well as looking at your tummy moving can be one of the favorite things you can do in the next few weeks. Interestingly, quick jabs, poking sensations, rolling movements, a sharp electric sensation in your bladder are all good signs that your baby is very active.