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Your Baby's Development This Week

The baby is now doll-sized, approximately 10 inches long and weighing almost one pound. The facial features are becoming more defined, with brows and eyelids in position, lips distinct, and eyes have formed completely, yet the iris still lacks pigment. The fingernails have grown to the ends of the fingertips and the hair is without pigment and is a shade of striking white. The liver is beginning to break down bilirubin with help from Mom, and the pancreas is maturing. Baby boys' testes are descending into the scrotum, primitive sperm has formed, and testosterone is being produced. The brain is entering a stage of rapid growth. Hearing is sharper, and the baby can pick out voices, the sounds of your rumbling stomach and blood circulating.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 22

The uterus is now one inch above the belly button. A common complaint at this time in the pregnancy is swelling. This is most obvious where gravity affects you most, your feet and ankles. This is more pronounced in warmer temperatures and later in the day. Swelling is a typical and harmless symptom, unless it becomes extreme and persistent. If it does not improve for over one day straight, and the face becomes puffy, consult your physician immediately. This could mean pre-eclampsia. To combat swelling, avoid long periods of either sitting or standing. Take frequent breaks. Rest with your feet up. Take short walks, or stretch. Don't wear tight stockings or socks, with the exception of support hose which can be helpful. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Visit With the Obstetrician

Urinary tract infections are rather common during pregnancy. The hormones make you more susceptible to them. The symptoms of a UTI include urgency to urinate, more frequent urination, difficulty emptying the bladder or starting urination, burning while urinating, urine that is cloudy or has strong odor, and cramping in the lower abdomen or back. If you think you may have a UTI contact your doctor. Most likely you'll need to give urine sample for a culture and an antibiotic will be prescribed. To avoid a UTI, be certain to completely void your bladder while urinating. Don't wait too long to go to the bathroom, use good hygiene when wiping, always front to back to avoid bacteria being spread, and wash hands frequently. Staying hydrated is important too.

Preparing for Baby

Now is the time to get signed up for childbirth classes. Do some investigating to find out which classes are available in your area, and to see which method you find most appealing and appropriate for you. Your choices might include Lamaze, Bradley, International Childbirth Education Association classes, or perhaps something else such as the Gamper method, Leboyer, or Odent. However, many classes will take a smorgasbord approach and include methods from a variety of backgrounds and give you a wealth of information and techniques to pull from in order to find what works best for you.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Smokers who become pregnant face added stress in pregnancy. Trying to quit smoking is an obvious and wise choice, however it is not a simple feat for most, even when faced with this most motivating reason. For those struggling to quit, don't allow guilt to keep you from being honest with your doctor. Let him/her know how you are doing and be honest in order to get the best information and support in your struggle against nicotine. Also, be honest about how quitting is affecting your life. Are you struggling more with stress now? Let the doctor know and find out how you might deal more effectively with the stress. It's worth it for both you and your baby.

Pregnancy Week 22 Comfort Meter

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Guest Aug 20, 2019 05:14:38 PM ET

I'm 22 weeks and my son's heartbeat was 150.

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selen Nov 14, 2014 06:04:16 PM ET

I am 22 weeks now. The placenta is anterior, and bmp is 158. Is it a boy or girl?

Guest Dec 6, 2014 03:50:35 PM ET

My baby's heart rate 2 weeks ago was 156 bpm, and its a girl :) i'm now 22.5 weeks.

Melissa Oct 11, 2016 08:03:07 PM ET

Our baby is a little boy and his heart rate is also 156bpm.

Heather Mar 14, 2017 03:34:52 PM ET

My lil one's heartbeat has been consistently 150-153. she's a girl!

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jay May 26, 2014 05:16:16 PM ET

I'm 22 weeks pregnant and we are thrilled for this pregnancy, but I am gaining weight and have swelling on my face. I hope its normal.

Elizabeth May 28, 2014 10:40:42 AM ET

Hi jay. if you have gained a lot of weight in a short amount of time, and have unexplained sudden swelling, it would be wise to give your ob a call and see what he/she says.

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astridgalindo5 Dec 3, 2013 06:17:58 AM ET

Hey you guys how do I change the number of babies I'm expecting, I found out today I was having twins again and is a girl and a boy and also I've been diagnose with gestational diabetes again.

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Rosa Jun 15, 2013 04:36:42 PM ET

Im currently 22 weeks and 2 days!! This is going to be my first child!! We are excited to be parents for the first time. My pregnancy has been going great no more morning sickness!!! :). Waiting for Monday to get here, that's when we will know what we will be having!! SUper ready to know if its a boy or girl and meet our lil one :)

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AshleyBachman Jun 10, 2013 03:37:50 PM ET

I am 22 weeks pregnant with our son, and first child! My husband and i are thrilled. My husband is deployed over seas currently, until our son is born. So this pregnancy has been tough! I have only gained about 7 pounds so far, but everything is perfectly healthy. And i'm barley showing at all! I won't complain lol. I feel my son moving around alot!

ramya Jul 8, 2013 05:24:51 PM ET

Hi ashley, i am 24 weeks 3 days pregnant and i have only gained 8 pounds till now.i am feeling my baby kicking every day.hope the weight gain is normal and not underweight...

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mohona May 10, 2013 12:28:32 PM ET

I am 22 week 4 day pregnency .i am not sure girl/boy.:/

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Alyssa Apr 28, 2013 08:41:20 PM ET

Hi I'm 22 weeks tomorrow were having a boy! I'm excited to finally have a son!! He moves around all the time you can see my stomach move its awesome to watch. I have gained 20lbs already mostly all baby and boobs!! No weight gain anywhere else. I'm feeling pretty good for the most part.

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Barbie Apr 19, 2013 03:59:40 PM ET

I am 22 weeks 1 day and I feel ok for the most part ... I still get sick in the morning and after every meal but I'm one of the lucky ones I guess lol... I started out at 5'11" and 163 lbs and I am now 187lbs but u can't really tell anywhere but the belly and boobies.... I'm expecting a lil boy no name yet... I have felt him since 16 weeks 6 days and he is still active mostly when I'm not... I can't wait to meet my lil man he's my first ....

shely Jul 22, 2013 08:49:27 PM ET

You will be able to tell once you have the baby its more than belly and boobs, slow down! too much weiht gai! m speaking m experience, i gained 54 pounds with myfirst child and it took 4 years to get the weight off

anon Sep 7, 2013 08:15:51 PM ET

That is a messed up comment. people cannot always control how much they gain when during pregnancy. you can eat right, moderately, and exercise daily and still gain more than the recommended. and not everyone who gained more ha trouble losing it either. don't make someone feel bad about their weight gain.

Emma Dec 11, 2017 04:09:52 AM ET

I agree, i'm currently 22 weeks pregnant and i am yet to gain any weight. i'm a bigger girl to begin with. my midwife is not the slightest bit concerned, as my baby girl is doing everything she's meant to, for how far along i am. every pregnancy is different .

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heather Apr 13, 2013 03:34:01 PM ET

22 weeks 4 days. :) love feeling my little man move around! So, when. I became pregnant I was 113 lbs. I am nearing 150 :/ I'm not eating all crazy like and I don't eat much junk food. Not sure why I am gaining so much. Its all belly mostly with mild weight gain in my legs

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