You’re in your second trimester, and by now morning sickness (for most women) has subsided, but what else is going on?
Your Body at 22 Weeks Pregnant
Your uterus extends a little less than an inch above the bellybutton, and is a little shy of 9 inches from the pubic bone. At this point, you’re probably still feeling semi-comfortable in your pregnant state. Your uterus is expanding, but it’s not that large yet.
Some women may begin to notice they are developing stretch marks. These stretch marks are sadly, unavoidable. You may develop these marks later in pregnancy as well. Nearly half of all women develop stretch marks before they deliver. Although many creams, lotions and oils may claim to prevent or erase these marks, these marks depend greatly on genetics. The most that most of these creams will do is alleviate dry skin and itching. The best thing to do to help prevent stretch marks is to be sure you’re adequately hydrated (64 ounces of water per day!) and that you eat a diet rich in vitamin E, which helps promote healthy skin.
It is common not to “look” pregnant at this point, but don’t worry. This doesn’t mean anything is wrong. Alternatively, many women, especially those with smaller builds, may look even further along than they really are. Keep in mind that every pregnancy grows and progresses at different rates.
Your Baby at 22 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby now weighs a little over 12 ounces and measures around 6-8 inches long! At this point, your baby is about the size of a small squash!
Your baby now has fully formed eyelashes and eyebrows! Your baby has also developed her own unique set of fingerprints, distinguishable from every other person in the world’s! Not even identical twins have the same fingerprints.
Your baby is now producing her own hormones! If your baby is a boy, his testes have begun to descend into the scrotum and out of the abdominal cavity.
Your baby’s inner ear is continuing to develop and by now, she has her own sense of balance. She is also beginning to enjoy sensory experiences such as touch. She may touch, hold and tug at her own fingers, toes and umbilical cord. She may even suck her thumb!
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