Twenty Two Weeks Pregnant: Pregnancy Week By Week
This week makes you twenty-two weeks pregnant. You are inching closer to the third trimester and the day your baby comes home. You still should have plenty of time to make preparations for your new baby but you will probably want to start getting some of the must-haves purchased soon. Your baby will need a car seat in order to come home from the hospital with you. There are many brands and types of car seats out there. Which one should you buy and how much money should you spend on your car seat? Should you buy an infant seat or a convertible car seat? In this week’s newsletter we are going to discuss car seats and car seat safety. We will give you some tips on purchasing a car seat for your baby and also some basic information on car seat safety.
The baby is continuing to gain weight as the weeks go by. The baby should weigh about 12-1/4 ounces, if that is not the case, talk to your doctor and find out if there is a reason why the baby is not on target. Not every baby at this stage will be 12-1/4 ounces; they could be less or more. The baby will measure in at 11 inches long. If you were to have a sonogram, the sonogram would show you that the baby looks like a newborn. The head and the body are fully proportionate.
The baby is thinner and there is not a lot of baby fat. The baby should be gaining weight at a good rate now. All of the baby’s organs are developing at a fast pace. The baby’s liver has started to produce enzymes that will help the baby break down the red blood cells. The baby’s red bloods don’t have a long life while in the womb. The red blood cells travel into the placenta and then into the mom’s blood.
It is the mother’s liver that actually gets rid of the baby’s red blood cells. The baby’s pancreas is starting to develop at a nice rate. You will start to notice eyes and lips at 22 weeks of pregnancy. The baby’s iris is still not developed with color yet. You can see that the teeth are below the gum line and the brain is developing at a very fast pace.
The baby’s sensory system is developing very quickly. The brain has functioning neurons right now and the baby is actually learning sense of touch. He or she may be exploring their face or moving their legs and arms to see how they feel. If the baby is a girl, show will have ovaries and the primitive ova or eggs cells. The baby’s uterus will have been completely formed at this point.
Your Life’s Changing
At this point, you may find your belly becoming a hand magnet. It’s perfectly okay to tell folks who touch your tummy that you’d rather they didn’t. And if people are telling you that you look smaller or bigger than you should at this point, remember that each woman grows — and shows — at her own rate. What’s important is that you see your practitioner for regular visits so she can make sure your baby’s growth is on track.
You may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen as it expands to accommodate your growing baby. At least half of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks by the time they give birth. These small streaks of differently textured skin can range from pink to dark brown (depending on your skin color). Although they most commonly appear on your tummy, stretch marks may also show up on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts. There’s no proof that lotion helps prevent stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturized may help with any itching.
What To Expect
You are continuing to experience many physical and emotional changes in the course of the pregnancy. You may want to adjust the way you are eating, try to eat healthier. Stay away from fried foods and processed foods, these can cause heartburn. You may want to take up walking after a meal or swimming every week. They are great for digestion and they are great exercise for pregnant women.
One thing that will help keep you grounded during the pregnancy is to talk with their partner, family and friends during the pregnancy. If you are having any doubts, these are the people that you want to talk to. Just by having someone to talk to can really improve your mood.
It is important to take your vitamins and attend every doctor’s appointment that you set. Try to make these appointments that you can keep. It is important that you have your blood pressure checked at regular intervals. You want to make sure that your blood is checked as well. As long as everything is Ok, the baby will continue to grow and develop. Motherhood is a blessing and you should be doing everything that you can in order to make sure that your pregnancy goes smoothly.
Follow the doctor’s orders, sometimes when new moms to be think they feel fine they may over do it or try to do things at the pace they used before they got pregnant. Listen to your body and slow down if you need to. Follow up on doctor’s appointments and ask them any questions that you may have at any point in your pregnancy.
You have to remember that if you feel tired the baby isn’t going to get everything they need. If start eating on the run and do not choose the right foods to eat then the baby may suffer for it. Everything you do and everything you eat not just benefits you but the baby as well.