22 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is about the size of a spaghetti squash and is nearly 1 pound. Make sure you are keeping up with your doctor or midwife appointments.
At 22 weeks, you are entering your 5th month of pregnancy. Your little spaghetti squash is starting to look like a newborn baby! All of the facial features, eyelids, nose, lips and eyebrows, are becoming more and more distinct.
22 Weeks Pregnant
Your little spaghetti squash is starting to look like a newborn baby! All of the facial features, eyelids, nose, lips and eyebrows, are becoming more and more distinct.
In addition to the facial features, your baby is developing little tooth buds just under the gums. Although the eyes have formed, the irises don’t have any pigment yet.
The lanugo, or soft, fine hair, still covers the little, wrinkly body. Those wrinkles will soon smooth out as your baby gains weight and fat fills them in.
Your little one continues to explore it’s world by touch. His or her grip is actually really strong and may reach out and tug on the umbilical cord.
Your baby’s sight is getting clearer and can sense light and dark much better than before. Finally, your baby can hear your voice, your heartbeat and all of the sounds that the inside of your body makes, including the circulation of your blood.
How You Are Changing
It is important that you are keeping up with your regular doctor or midwife appointments. You want to ensure that your baby’s growth is on track and that you are staying healthy too.
Because you are noticeably pregnant now, be prepared for other people’s comments. Everyone has an opinion and they may say things from time to time that may be frustrating. Just remember that every woman is different. Also, it’s okay to tell people that you don’t want your tummy rubbed or touched, as you may find that even complete strangers may ask to touch your growing bump.
You may start noticing stretch marks starting to appear. You may see them on your abdomen but some women, especially the further along they get, will develop them on their arms, back, thighs and breasts. Stretch marks are streaks of differently textured skin that, depending on your skin color, range from light pink to dark brown.
There is no proof that lotion helps prevent stretch marks but it is important to keep your skin moisturized to help reduce itching.