Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Understanding Week 22
By the 22nd week of pregnancy, your baby invades space. This makes you feel short of breath. The belly is expanding fast and crowded with stretch marks. You must have experienced tremendous increase in your libido. That’s because your hormones are pretty much raging at this point!
The baby measures about 10.5 to 11.8 inches and weighs about 12.7 to 20.8 ounces. It is approximately the size of a small papaya. The eyes and lips are developed making the baby look like a newborn. The baby sleeps for about 12 to 14 hours per day. When you don’t feel any movement, the baby is sleeping.
You will observe steady gain in weight (in a weekly basis!). You will gain about 225 g each week. The appetite is increasing. You may like to give into cravings but it is wise to stick to healthy alternatives.
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 22
The libido increases to a great extent, stretch marks are more prominent, and you would experience more amount of vaginal discharge. The weight gain is steady and you will also experience minor swelling in your hands and feet. Back aches and hair growth is also common due to hormonal changes. You may even have trouble catching your breath as the baby continues to crowd your lungs.
Speak to your doctor about a diet chart planning. You need to include more potassium-rich foods such as oranges, bananas and milk. Also include fruits, green leafy vegetables, fish, dairy products, and cereals in your diet. Eat more fiber and drink plenty of water to avoid constipation.
During the 22nd week of pregnancy, many women are susceptible to urinary tract infections. This is due to the Hormone Progesterone that relaxes the muscles of your ureters. The flow of urine slows down from your Kidneys to the bladder. The effect is also exerted by your enlarged Uterus. Hence, this serves as the ideal medium for the microorganisms (bacteria) to get more time to grow before they get eliminated from the system. Have a lot of water and consult your doctor in case of any discomfort.
To get relief from low back pain, get a maternity support belt. This belt will help ensure that your abdomen is well supported. It also relieves stress on your back when standing or walking for long periods of time.