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22 weeks pregnant – Symptoms, Belly Pictures, Weight Gain, Ultrasound

Updated on August 19, 2014

At 22 weeks pregnant, the unborn baby is nearly the size of a tiny doll; measuring about 8 inches in length, and weighing an unbelievable one pound. It has grown eyelashes, eyebrows, and some hair on its little scalp. It is a living, breathing baby capable of perceiving darkness and light. The baby can clearly hear the gurgling sound of the mother’s stomach, her heartbeat, her voice, and the sweet sound of blood circulating throughout the body. Eventually, after the development of the nerve endings and the brain, it may reach out to touch its face or other body parts so as to experience the newly found sensations of touch.

At 22 weeks pregnant, the expectant mother’s feet start complementing the ever-enlarging belly. This is due to the actions of the pregnancy hormone called relax-in which loosens all the ligaments in the body at the time of pregnancy, including those occurring on the feet and the pelvic area. As a response, in many women, the bones present below those ligaments undergo minor spread which leads to an increase in the foot shoe-size, by a half or a full inch.In case you haven’t already stopped wearing your stilettos since the start of pregnancy, then this is the time to do it. It is also advisable for pregnant women to wear sensible shoes to compensate for the altering center of gravity, as well as to help in effective balancing of that large belly.

Weight gain

The most evident change is weight gain in the 22nd week of being pregnant. Your waistline expands with the growth of the baby inside you and you can expect to gain a pound or so per week, especially if you are on a healthy, balanced diet. Talk to your doctor about the recommended weight gain for you, because every woman’s weight varies during pregnancy term.

Symptoms at 22 weeks pregnant

Some of the signs and symptoms experienced by women at 22 weeks pregnant are listed below:

  • Constipation: The increased pressure on the bowels by the growing baby as well as increased relaxation of the gastrointestinal tract by the pregnancy-related hormones will make it harder for pregnant women to eliminate waste from the body. You can alleviate constipation by regularly exercising and drinking lots of water. This will help expedite bowel movements.

  • Indigestion or heartburn: The growing uterus also begins vying for space in the abdominal region. This can cause the gastric juices and acids present in the stomach to be pushed upwards across the esophagus, leading to burning pain associated with a heartburn. Expectant women may prevent the worsening of a heartburn by drinking water before and after consuming food or meals, rather than taking in fluids along with them. A heartburn tends to get aggravated due to distention of the stomach which can arise from intake of increased fluids that get mixed with increased amounts of consumed food.

  • Elevated discharge from the vagina: If the pregnancy-related vaginal discharge causes discomfort, or if it is excessively heavy, then it is important to keep the area dry and clean. This will help prevent the onset of unusual smells which occasionally occur along with vaginal discharge during pregnancy. You may opt for a panty liner or other options to maintain genital hygiene.

  • A bulging navel: Some women may not find the protruding belly button to be quite as appealing as the normal one. You can however be rest assured that the navel will revert to its original shape after childbirth. But after delivery, the belly button may be somewhat larger.

  • Leg cramping: Medical experts are of the opinion that leg cramps occurring at the time of pregnancy may arise due to calcium or magnesium deficiency in the diet. You may decrease the number of such painful spasmodic episodes by taking the prenatal vitamins on a daily basis.

  • Sporadic dizziness or fainting: The ever-expanding belly and uterus can exert additional pressure on the blood vessels, leading to a decrease in the blood supply to the brain, eventually causing dizziness or light-headedness. You can aid the circulatory process in the body by drinking sufficient quantities of water every day. Additional liquids need to be taken during exercising, or on hot days.

  • Stretch marks: The belly as well as other parts of the body such as the thighs, hips, and breasts may develop stretch marks. Consult a doctor to find out different ways to remove them. In the meantime, you can find relief from the accompanying itchiness and dryness by applying a moisturizer throughout the body.

22 weeks pregnant: Coping with people trying to touch and feel your pregnant belly

Pregnant bellies are unique, round, and cute and hence invite attention from all sorts of people. Your friends, co-workers, well-wishers, or even perfect strangers may find it difficult to resist the temptation of approaching you and rubbing your belly. Women who are comfortable with it and feel happy about the all-round adulation and affection can welcome it with open arms. However, those who find such attention to be invasive, unwanted, or unnecessary can follow the below listed steps to avoid the belly-rubs:

  • Politely ask others to refrain from the act.

  • Actions speak louder than words. Back away from those who come to rub your belly.

  • Rub their belly as a response; especially effective in portly middle-aged men. They can now decide for themselves if they like the feeling of getting their belly rubbed.

What does the ultrasound show at 22 weeks pregnant?

The baby grows stronger muscles and you can make out the eyelids and eyebrows being development. The baby begins to exhibit quicker movements and it is responding to sounds and music.

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