22 Weeks Pregnant

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22 Weeks Pregnant

Postby admin » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:13 am

Your Body at 22 Weeks of Pregnancy

When you reach the 22 weeks pregnant mark, you may find yourself being a little clumsy this week – it’s normal, don’t be surprised. You’re carrying more weight now. Your centre of gravity has changed with your growing uterus, and your hips, fingers, toes and other joints are all loosening due to the effect of pregnancy hormones. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to discard your high heels as they make keeping your balance more difficult, and cause backaches. Flat-soled shoes and sandals are more appropriate now.

This week you may begin to have Braxton-Hicks contractions. This is when you have a painless contraction which feels like a squeezing sensation near the top of your uterus. Though your baby may feel the contraction as the uterus squeezes, it is not dangerous or harmful. Your uterus is just practicing for delivery. However, if you have more than four in an hour, it will become painful. Contact your doctor as painful and regular contractions may be a sign of preterm labor.

Pregnancy is not a one-woman show. Your partner can also help by taking responsible for researching all the baby equipment you’ll need. The list is endless – stroller, car seat, cot, change table etc. You might also start planning a nursery together which your partner can pant and assist in decorating it with you. Avoid painting as the chemicals aren’t good to inhale while pregnant.

Your Baby at 22 Weeks of Pregnancy

Your baby continues to grow and is getting larger every day. It now measures approximately 19.5 cm and weighs around 47.3 – 368.5 g. However, there is no real chance that a baby this young could survive outside the mother’s womb.

Your baby’s eyelids and even the eyebrows are developed. The fingernails are visible and cover the fingertips. Organ systems in your baby are becoming specialized for their particular functions. An important function of the liver is the breakdown and handling of Bilirubin. Bilirubin is a substance produced by red blood cells when they are destroyed. The fetal liver has a limited capacity to convert Bilirubin and remove it from the fetal bloodstream. If your baby cannot sufficiently break down this material by birth, it might be slightly jaundiced and need to be placed under lights for a few days.

This week sweat glands will develop, and the external skin has turned from transparent to opaque. Baby’s heartbeat can now be heard with a normal stethoscope.

Your baby’s reproductive system is continuing to develop. In a female baby the uterus and ovaries are in place and the vagina is developed. In a boy, the testes, which have been tucked up onside the pelvis, begin to move towards the scrotum this week. Primitive sperm have already formed in the tiny squiggling passages of the testes. Your little boy is already producing testosterone.
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