During your pregnancy week 22, you feel much more fulfilled. This is partially due to high levels of estrogen and progesterone that circulate in your body. Your pelvis widens and your uterus pushes the lungs up and the belly forward.
In addition, the baby’s movements are now starting to be felt. He falls asleep and wakes up like a newborn.
Symptoms Of Pregnancy Week 22
Your hair is probably thick and shiny, your skin is healthy and fine, and you are full of energy. But you can also get more hair on your body and face.
High levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body soften and relax your pelvis in preparation for delivery. You will notice a number of visible changes in your body at the beginning of pregnancy, including:
- Sore and tingling breasts.
- Abdominal cramps.
- Pelvic pain.
- Mood swings.
- Mild headache.
- Aversion to certain foods.
One of the most visible changes at the 22nd week is weight gain, but it isn’t yet disturbing. You may at most have some sensitivity in your navel as it is under pressure.
Baby is now 23 cm long and weighs about 380 grams. The first hairs appear, eyelashes and eyebrows are visible, fingerprints (which make it unique) have appeared. The skin gets thicker, the arms and legs are well developed.
Until now, the baby has developed at a prodigious rate, but its growth is slowing down a little. A full-term baby will probably grow 6 to 8 times bigger by birth, so if you think your belly is massive now, you could be in shock!
Your baby still has plenty of space to move around in the womb, so plenty of acrobatics are normal. Although the preferred delivery position is head down, your baby will probably still be in the “breech” position at this stage. He or she still has a lot of time to flip over.
Pregnancy Week 21: What To Do?
It is important that you have a healthy and balanced diet and that you have enough vitamins, iron, and calcium. It is also important that you maintain a positive attitude throughout your pregnancy.
Ask your family, friends, and doctor for advice. This will help you overcome your fears and doubts.