22 weeks pregnant in pictures

You’re now in your 22nd week of your pregnancy, so here’s what your body is doing

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  • How big is your baby?

    At 22 weeks pregnant, your baby is around 19cm long (about the size of a whole corn on the cob) and weighs approximately 350g.

    Now find out how your baby is growing…

  • How is your baby growing?

    Your baby’s skin is now redder in colour and less transparent. However, she looks very wrinkled and is covered in lanugo (fine downy hair).

    Your baby’s sense of touch is maturing now and scans show that she will frequently stroke her face and suck her thumb. She’s learning that she can move her limbs and make them touch each other. Amazingly, she’ll play at crossing and uncrossing her legs, reaching out and bending her head to touch hers hand.

    Through this, she develops an early awareness of herself and how the parts of her body are related and will use her hands to grasp other parts of her body.

    You’ll now be aware of your baby’s movements especially when she is startled by a loud noise. At the stage of 22 weeks pregnant, don’t worry if she has a quiet day, she may well be asleep when you’re awake and awake when you’re asleep.

    Now find out what your body is doing…

  • What’s happening to your body?

    As your bump grows bigger, you may find being on your feet or sitting in one position for long periods leads to swollen feet and ankles.

    To combat this, try flexing and straightening your legs and avoid standing around for long periods. If you’re sitting, try to raise your legs to help your body cope with the extra work of circulation. Keep drinking lots of fluids and reduce your salt intake, especially on hot days.

    You might find you need to go up a shoe size if your feet are continually slightly swollen. Some mums to be find support tights may help to keep the swelling at bay but discuss this with your doctor or midwife before you wear them.

    If you’re struggling with pregnancy aches and pains, look into complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and reiki, to help alleviate your discomfort. Acupuncture for example, can be used to combat morning sickness, pre- and postnatal depression and lower back pain.

    Learn more about what symptoms to expect this week and check out our week by week pregnancy guide...

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