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Hello to week 22! You’re halfway through your second trimester at 22 weeks pregnant, and it’s very likely that you are feeling pretty good about things right now. But if you’re still struggling with a little morning sickness or constipation — that’s all pretty normal, too.

Let’s take a look at what to expect in your 22nd week pregnancy.

How big is my baby?

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At 22 weeks pregnant your baby is now around the size of the cutest ever coconut. On average, a baby’s size (from crown to heel) at week 22 is around 11 inches in length and 15 ounces. That’s around the weight of a bag of sugar!

What’s my baby doing this week?

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Your baby looks a lot like a baby in week 22 of pregnancy.  Its eyebrows, lips and facial features are there and it even has little dinky tooth buds. They can also make out lightness and darkness and have greatly improved hearing now.

Eye colour will be changing this week as irises start to develop pigmentation. Lots of babies are born with beautiful sea-blue eyes, but before you start to get all gooey-eyed, a baby’s permanent eye colour can change in those first few months. Along with developing eye colour, your baby’s vision will also be getting stronger every day too.

At this stage of pregnancy, eyelids will remain shut but your baby will be sensitive to bright lights beyond your belly. You can try pointing a torch at your belly to see if you can feel some movement as your little human turns away from the light!

As you approach the middle of your second trimester your baby will now be a lot less transparent than it has been, even though it will still be very wrinkled.

Changes in your body

Big feet!

Your tummy’s getting bigger and bigger – but it’s not the only thing changing. You’ve probably noticed that your feet are swelling more than you might like. This is due to pregnancy swelling, or oedema, as well as the pregnancy hormone relaxin, which loosens the ligaments in the feet so that the bones under them spread.

Oedema can cause your feet to increase by one whole shoe size! If you are faced with swelling feet, don’t try and squeeze into your old shoes. Choose a bigger, more comfortable pair of shoes that you can wear throughout your pregnancy, with no more than a two-inch heel. It’s hard enough as it is to keep your balance with your pregnancy belly, let alone with sky-high stilettos!

Sex drive

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If you find yourself feeling a little horny this week, well, this is very normal! Lots of mums report a distinct surge in sex drive in week 22 due to the hormone increases in the body. An increase in pregnancy hormones can result in an increased sex drive for some women, especially when moving from trimester one into the second trimester.

These changes often sex more enjoyable so it’s time to run that nice hot bath and ask your partner for that massage you are owed!

You can read our 5 Things To Know About Sex During Pregnancy article for some tips every woman should know about having sex during pregnancy.

Braxton-Hicks contractions

Braxton-Hicks are a type of contraction that can happen from 22 weeks pregnant. Some mums face Braxton-Hicks contractions as early as 17 weeks!

These types of contractions can take place a few times a day and tend to come on once or twice an hour. When they do you will feel the muscles of your womb tighten, and your baby bump harden.

These types of contractions are often termed ‘false contractions’ and differentiate themselves from normal labour in the following ways:

  • The contractions are not regular and don’t tend to increase in frequency
  • They tend to last less than a minute
  • Their intensity and duration doesn’t increase
  • The pain does not increase
  • If you move positions or do a different activity the pain often subsides

If you are worried about contractions always call your GP and seek medical advice.

Taste

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Did you know that your baby will be developing its taste from 22 weeks pregnant? Incredible as it may seem, your diet can influence what your baby will prefer to eat after it’s born, so it’s best to avoid passing on a taste for junk food!

Maintaining a healthy diet throughout your pregnancy is very important for you and your baby’s health.

What you should be doing at 22 weeks pregnant

If you have any plans to travel over the next five months then now is a great time to get those miles in. The second trimester is often the most comfortable time for travelling during pregnancy.

It’s common to feel a little light-headed and faint this week. This is because your body is circulating lots of blood to your womb to help fuel your baby’s development. Remember to take things easy when standing and sitting down to allow your body to adjust the blood flow gradually.

Keep your healthy snacks regular (raisins & fruits work well) and keep hydrated throughout the day. If you feel like you are going to faint, put your head between your legs in a seated position to allow the blood to your brain and the dizziness will quickly disappear.

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