Week 22 pregnancy symptoms

Find out what symptoms are common for your 22nd week of pregnancy

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  • Your pregnant body

    You may experience swollen feet and ankles, which can be brought on by sitting in the same position for long periods of time. One way to combat this is to stretch out your legs at regular intervals, and if you are sitting down, also try raising you legs, to help you body cope with circulation. Remember to keep drinking fluids and reduce salt intake, especially on warm days.

    You may also experience swelling on your hands and fingers, which can cause rings to become rather tight on your fingers. Try and monitor this so that you can take your rings off before it gets too uncomfortable for you.

    You may spot tiny red marks on your face, arms and shoulders. These are called spider naevi and are caused by diluted blood vessels. Don’t worry as these usually fade after the birth.

    At this stage you could be sweating more than usual as your thyroid gland becomes more active, so keep the deodorant to hand, especially when doing exercise! Your gums may also become spongy due to your hormones.

    Now find out what you should be doing this week…

  • What should you be doing this week?

    You need to be fully informed about all your maternity rights. Talk to your employer about your entitlement to paid and unpaid leave and other benefits. Don’t forget you need to officially inform your employer about your pregnancy by 24 weeks. Once you’ve decided when you want to start your maternity leave, you should write to your employer giving at least 30 days notice of your leaving date.

    Now is also the time to bond with your bump! By this stage, your baby recognises your voice and other familiar voices such as your partner’s, and it’s a great time to start talking to her. While it may seem strange to talk to your bump, it can really help you bond. Don’t shy away from singing to your bump – you can do this in private if you feel a bit self-conscious.

    Learn more about how your baby's developing with 22 weeks pregnant in pictures and check out our week by week pregnancy guide.

    Find out what symptoms you experienced in week 21 of your pregnancy, and which ones you may see when you’re 23 weeks pregnant.