22 weeks pregnant

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You have now completed twentytwo weeks of pregnancy.

Your baby at this stage (22 weeks)

The baby at this stage looks like a scaled down version of a newborn. His lips are now becoming more and more distinct and his eyes are developing too. His irises lack pigment as of now, but his eyebrows and eyelids are already in place. His pancreas, which is very important for hormone production in human beings, is developing at a steady pace. It is likely that his gum line is now showing the very first signs of teeth.

Your symptoms at this stage (22 weeks)

It is likely now that you are gaining weight at a steady pace as well as experiencing an increase in your appetite. Don’t feel guilty if you give in occasionally to some ice cream craving but on most occasions substitute a healthy option when you are feeling the craving for any junk food. Having a piece of fruit instead of dessert is a good option.

You really do not need to worry as long as your weight gain is under the healthy levels during pregnancy or your doctor is not concerned about your weight gain.

Your body is working hard to provide nutrients to your baby, and around this time your breasts will also start to make colostrum. The rich first milk, dense in protein and antibodies is called Colostrum, and your baby will need in his first few days. The glandular tissue in your breasts is likely to have doubled in size by the time your baby is born.

Other noticeable changes around now could be increased vaginal discharge and the urge to go to the washroom more often.

This discharge and the increased urge to urinate often, both are normal and common pregnancy symptoms. However urinary tract infection (UTI) also has similar symptoms and pregnancy makes you a little more susceptible to infections. Therefore if you suspect that you might have UTI symptoms, it is a good idea to see your doctor.

Important things to keep in mind

  • Pregnancy is a happy time for most of the couples. But many a times, the stress of impending parenthood can put pressure on the relationship, even more so if you already have money or relationship issues. If you or your partner is feeling low, try to communicate your feelings. If you or your partner are fighting depression it is advisable to see a doctor at the earliest.
  • At this stage, there is no need to worry if you have not felt the baby’s movements yet.
  • Are you thinking of asking your parents or parents-in-law to look after your baby when you go back to work? You could find out about other’s experiences in this regard on the forums.