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22 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to at 22 weeks pregnant:
1.     Your baby’s teeth are appearing.
2.     Faster-growing fingernails.
3.     Increased vaginal discharge.
4.     Trouble catching your breath.
5.     Pregnancy weight gain has begun (yay!)
How your life will change this week:
Your baby is really starting to take up space in your body. Stretch marks may never fully fade, but moisturising your skin and using a good product can help minimise their appearance. As your baby continues to press on your lungs you might find that you are occasionally breathless. Move slowly and give yourself the time to breathe. Your back will probably ache from carrying around the extra weight too.

As well as the thicker, shinier hair we spoke about in your first trimester, you might also notice that  our fingernails are growing faster – and that they’re either harder or more brittle. This is all because of the extra dose of hormones pregnancy dishes up. You will start gaining roughly 0.5kgs per week.

Your baby’s development this week:
Your baby is looking more and more like a newborn: eyes and lips are developing more and your baby’s legs won’t be as tightly curled up against the body. Your baby may be as long as 28cm, but still needs to gain a lot of weight before being ready for the world. Their skin will still be wrinkled (until body fat fills in the layer beneath the skin) and a bit translucent.

Your baby’s pancreas, which will produce essential hormones, is developing now too. If you notice  ome parts of the day are quieter in there, it’s probably because your baby is asleep. They’ll be sleeping for about 12 to 14 hours a day, in cycles of sleep and activity. 

This week’s To Do list:
  • Be gentle on your back.
  • Start doing some kind of stretching exercises.
  • Check out our Birth Checklist to ensure you’re prepared.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
If you find that your belly is becoming a hand magnet for everyone from friends and family to colleagues and strangers, feel free to tell people you’d rather they didn’t. Some women are perfectly happy having their belly rubbed, others prefer some personal space.

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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BabyGroup says:
This article has been checked by Andrea Klinkenberg, Midwife. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.

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