Your Pregnancy at Week 22

by Your Baby Club

Noticing patterns in your baby's movements?

Week 22

your baby this week:

You may be starting to notice a pattern in relation to your baby's movements by now. We have moved away from asking mums to 'count the kicks', and now ask that you be aware of what is normal for your baby. Some babies move more during the night whilst you are at rest, some like to do their kick boxing during the day. If you have a placenta that is situated at the front (anterior), movements may feel a little muffled. However, you should always get checked out if you are worried.

As you have probably now realised, baby is all about growing from here on in. Now weighing in at around 430g, your growing baby is roughly 28cm in length. Preparing for the weaning stage in about 10 months' time, gums are developing, tooth buds and their first milk teeth will arrive just a few short months after arrival. Did you know that babies are born with both their milk teeth and their adult teeth above them already in their jaw?

Eyes are formed, but you will have to wait a little while to know the true eye colour, as for some babies, the colour at birth is not the result!

your body:

Hands and feet can start to become a little swollen from this point in, which there is usually nothing to worry about. Pop your feet up at the end of the day and make sure you wear comfortable shoes. If they get really swollen though you need to let your midwife know, as your blood pressure may be creeping up.

You will need to give your employer your MATB1 form soon. This can be requested from your midwife and is needed to process your maternity pay. You can start this at any point from 29-weeks and are entitled to a year off from work, irrelevant of your length of service. However, getting paid past 39-weeks will depend on your length of service and your employer’s maternity leave policy.

Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife

Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.


your tips & to do's:

Discuss how you plan to diaper your little one, once he or she is here. It's true, your baby isn't here yet; but one glance at the available diapering options for a newborn can tell you this is something you should figure out, before you're gifted with a lot of cloth diapering supplies or storing your friends unopened packages of leftover throwaway diapers. Talking with your partner, or with family and friends who've recently had a baby, about your diapering choices is just the first step on a journey you never thought you would take. Because the average newborn will require about 10 to 12 diaper changes in a 24-hour period. So, you will, at some point, become fascinated with this diapering business. Do your research, look at your options, and talk with other parents who have recently gone through this stage of parenting. Which will you choose? Disposable, cloth, or a combination of both?

Have you scheduled your glucose challenge test? This test determines your risk for gestational diabetes and should take place somewhere between the 24th and 28th week of your pregnancy.

Don't forget to also schedule a maternity photoshoot this week, if you are hoping to have one. And take a side profile pregnancy picture.

Write in your pregnancy journal. In a few years, you'll look back and realize just how priceless this journal is!

Last, but not least

If you haven't decided on your little one's name, take a few minutes this week to narrow it down, removing at least one choice from the list of possibilities.

your symptoms

By week 22, most of your symptoms are directly related to the amount of space your little one now occupies inside of you. Here are some things you may experience this week.

  • Outie bellybutton
  • Stronger nails
  • Thicker hair
  • Larger feet
  • Swelling in the ankles and feet
  • Swelling in the hands or face
  • Leg cramps and/or backaches
  • Increased libido
  • Heartburn, indigestion, gas, and/or constipation
  • Frequent nighttime wakings
  • Crazy dreams
  • Stretch marks, itchy or dry skin, and/or unwanted hair growth

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