Week 22 of Your Pregnancy

October 31, 2009

What is Happening Inside Your Body?

22 Week Fetus Male Your uterus is now about ¾ inch above your belly button. Many women find this to be a comfortable phase of pregnancy. Your belly is definitely growing, but isn’t so big that it gets in your way.

You are likely continuing to experience thin white vaginal discharge. Increased vaginal discharge is normal during pregnancy. If the discharge becomes yellow and foul smelling, or you have itching, redness and irritation in the vaginal area, it could indicate a yeast infection and you should contact your health care provider.

Sometimes around this week you may start to have Braxton-Hicks contractions. Braxton-Hicks contractions are not painful and feel like squeezing in your uterus, lower abdomen or groin. This is also called false labor and is your body’s way of preparing for labor and delivery.

How Big is Your Baby?

Your baby is about 7 ½ inches long from crown to rump and weighs between 13 ounces and 16 ounces (1 pound).

What Does a Fetus Look Like at 22 Weeks?

Here is a great video of a 4 D ultrasound…so cute…Click here to see the video.

How is Your Baby Developing?

22WeekFotusWeb200Your baby looks just like a very tiny newborn now.

Your baby is developing taste buds on its tongue. Its brain is now processing the sense of touch and your baby is likely experimenting with it.

Your baby’s reproductive system is continuing to mature. If your baby is a boy, its testes are beginning to descend.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

You will want to start thinking about your delivery and organizing a birth plan. Taking the time to write a birth plan will help those attending to you at your baby’s birth know and understand your desires. This will help them to coordinate your birthing experience the way you would like.


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