Thursday, 24 September 2015

Pregnancy Week 22

During week 22 of your pregnancy, you may feel that several evident changes are occurring in your physical appearance. As you cross the mid way of your second trimester, you and your baby are experiencing rapid development at an even pace. Though most of your pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, nausea, etc have gone away, you may still feel some pains in your body and your emotions would be swinging and unstable during this time.

Your Body
By this week, you may feel that the whole of your body is expanding; right from your breasts to your thighs to your belly and also your butt! If you are of average weight, then you would be able to notice that the amount of weight you have gained at week 22 of pregnancy is around 15 pounds, which is normal. And as you are halfway past your pregnancy frame, you would probably gain from 10 to 20 pounds additionally when you reach your due date. 

People around you will start giving you more attention, as your baby bump is much more evident now, and some of you may welcome it while others may feel discomfort. If you feel uncomfortable about people touching your belly, then it is better you tell them straight away. As you grow in size, you should take utmost care when you lift anything heavy or bend down. Always bend using your knees and not from your waist. 


Remember to schedule regular appointments with your practitioner in order to examine the condition of your health as well as the growth of your baby. Every day, spend some time to bond with your baby, along with your partner if possible, by gently rubbing your belly and talking to the baby. 

As the blood circulation inside your body is increasing, you would start to notice your skin glowing, and your hormones are making it shine. However, some of you may even face some skin problems, such as acne, dry skin, and oily skin. If your hormones are giving your oily skin, you may get acne and pimples. If that is the case with you, you can use a mild cleanser to wash your face whenever you can every day, as suggested by dermatologists. If you wear makeup, use oil free ones. Some of you may experience dryness in your skin, which is a common skin change during pregnancy. To have this under control, moisturize your skin on a daily basis, especially as soon as you shower or bath. 

Your Baby
Your baby will be now 15 ounces in weight and about 10.9 inches long. She will continue to gather fat and put on weight. As she starts to gain more layers of fat, her skin will become less transparent than it was during the earlier weeks of your pregnancy. Her veins will still be visible below her skin, which will change gradually in the upcoming weeks.

Your baby will now have what is called as a button nose, as the development of her nasal bridge is not complete yet. She will now be able to move around freely inside your womb and you will be able to feel her flips, flops and somersaults most of the time.

She keeps swallowing and digesting the amniotic fluid, and the waste will get stored as meconium, the very first poop of your baby, and will remain in her intestines until she is born. Now, the bone marrows in your baby’s bones will be able to produce red blood cells. The ridges in her skin are maturing, which will form to be her toe and finger prints. 

Haemorrhoids or Piles is a common issue during pregnancy. If you have piles, you may find bleeding or itching, especially after you use the toilet. Drink lots of water and eat foods that are rich in fiber. If you still feel uncomfortable, then you may seek treatment from your doctor.

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