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22 Weeks Pregnant
June 7, 2022

22 Weeks Pregnant

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22 Weeks Pregnant

How Big is Your Baby at 22 Weeks?

Your baby is 11 inches long and weighs 15.7 ounces (almost 1 pound) this week. That’s about the size of a classic Gameboy.

Here’s what else to know when you’re 22 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby’s Development at 22 Weeks

As your baby is getting bigger, their muscle development is increasing. A result? You may be feeling them moving around a lot more by 22 weeks. Here’s what else is happening with your baby this week.

  • Facial features: Your baby’s lips and eyelids are becoming more distinct.
  • Sprouting hair: They’re growing more hair on their head and eyebrows too.
  • Arms and legs: As limbs get stronger and more flexible, your baby will start holding on to their face and umbilical cord in utero.
  • Nails are growing: Tiny nails are now growing to the ends of baby’s fingers. They’ll be sharp when baby is born, so add some baby nail clippers to your registry! (Here are tips on how you’ll clip those nails too.)

22 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound


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You are 55% of your way through your pregnancy! There are 126 days til your due date.

Your Body: Pregnancy Symptoms at 22 Weeks

As your belly gets bigger, you may experience something unexpected: your belly button popping out! See what else might be happening this week.

  • Back pain: Does it seem like lots of pregnant women pose for pictures with their hands on their lower backs? That might be because back pain is really common during pregnancy. Shifts in your center of gravity, weight gain and excess of the pregnancy hormone relaxin all contribute to back pain. The hard stuff: remember to exercise regularly and sit up straight. The nice stuff: try using cold compresses for a few days, followed by a mild heating pad to ease the pain.
  • “Outtie” belly button: As your uterus continues to expand, it puts pressure on your abdomen. If you have an innie belly button, your belly button may pop outward. It will go back to normal after you give birth.
  • Shoes feeling snug? Yep, feet tend to grow during pregnancy. Our feet have 26 bones and 33 joints, and since relaxin loosens all the joints, feet tend to spread a bit. And extra weight also flattens out the foot. Sturdy footwear may help hold off some foot spread by giving your arches plenty of support during these tough months when they can use it. And try going up half a size in order to help your feet get comfy.
  • Blood pressure: Up to 10% of pregnant people develop some kind of hypertensive disorder (a.k.a. high blood pressure) during their pregnancies. Your healthcare provider will continue to monitor your BP at every visit in case anything arises with it. Why? It can lead to preeclampsia, which affects between 5 to 8 percent of pregnancies, and can cause pregnancy complications. Black women are even more likely to develop preeclampsia. With proper screening and care, though, mom and baby can be happy and healthy.

Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Stretch marks may be appearing or lengthening as your baby gets bigger—and not just on your belly. Breasts, thighs, hips, butt and arms can earn tiger stripes too. Stretch marks usually go through three phases:

  • They may start out itchy and raised. They may be pink, purple, red, reddish-brown or dark brown, depending on your skin tone. They might feel slightly raised.
  • They get bigger and may become more bold in color.
  • After pregnancy, they tend to fade to closer to your natural skin color, though they may seem silverish, be irregular in length and feel like slightly depressed ripples in the skin.

There are a ton of products on the market that claim to prevent or reduce stretch marks—and as far as we know, none are actually proven to work. Still, it’s worth a shot to use a cream or oil to keep your skin moisturized and maintain its elasticity. A few of our favorites?

Top Tip for 22 Weeks Pregnant

Pay attention to your body. Sudden swelling of the face or hands and upper abdominal pain are two signs of preeclampsia.

Your Life at 22 Weeks Pregnant

Deep breaths. You’re doing great. There’s more time behind you than ahead of you now.

  • Set your limits: It’s OK to have boundaries. Don’t want people to touch your belly? Wish everyone would stop commenting on your size? Tired of people making comments when they find out whether you’re having a boy or girl? There’s no shame in responding to inquiries with a polite but firm, “I’d rather not say,” or “I prefer not to be touched.” If people get irked, that’s on them, not you.
  • Gear to buy: Take the pressure off your hips and ease low back pain with a maternity belt. These one-size-fits-all bands typically wrap around the lower abdomen to offer light compression and reduce spinal pressure. Try the Nu Momz band or AZMED maternity belt.
  • Coping with unknowns: Is this belly pain normal? What about this headache? Should I feel my baby move more? Questions and worries will arise throughout your pregnancy. When they do, take a deep breath, call your doc if it’s urgent (or wait until your next check-up, if it’s not), and give yourself space to pause and breathe.
  • R&R: The second trimester is all about extra energy, but it’s important to slow down when you need to. After the first trimester, it feels good to get back to normal again, but schedule time to unwind a few times a week, whether it’s an extra hour with your feet up, sleeping in late on the weekend or treating to yourself to a favorite activity.

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Your 22 Weeks Pregnant Belly

At 22 weeks pregnant, your weight gain is probably still about a pound per week. At around 20 weeks, the doctor likely started measuring your fundal height—the distance from your pubic bone to the top of the uterus to make sure your uterus is growing at an expected (read: healthy) rate. This week, the fundal height should be around 20 to 24 centimeters.

You may soon notice a dark, vertical line running down the center of your belly. That’s the linea nigra, and it tends to appear around 18 weeks to 24 weeks. Like so many other symptoms, the line is likely due to pregnancy hormones. It’s a totally harmless discoloration that can’t be removed, and it should eventually fade on its own after baby’s born—though it takes longer for some moms than for others.

Baby movement is getting stronger, and you may notice that baby sleeps or stays still while you’re moving around. It’s when you relax that your baby tends to want to practice their mixed martial arts moves.

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22 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Make your gestational diabetes test lab appointment for somewhere between 24 weeks and 28 weeks. (Tip: When scheduling, remember you’ll have to wait more than hour at the lab.)
  • Pick a stroller.
  • Need some laughs? Ali Wong’s Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife are comedy specials she filmed while pregnant. Both are on Nextflix.
  • Put time on your calendar to relax and unwind. And don’t bail! Treat it as seriously as you would any other appointment.
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