22 weeks pregnant: Your baby’s growth and your body changes

Being Pregnant 03 Jul 24 By

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Exciting times ahead as your baby is growing and changing.

Congratulations! You’ve reached 22 weeks in your pregnancy journey. By now, you’re likely experiencing some exciting changes and developments.

Remember, every pregnancy is unique, so listen to your body and consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns. Enjoy this special time and the wonderful changes happening with you and your baby!

Your body at 22 weeks pregnant

Your bump is likely more noticeable, and you might find your balance shifting. Braxton Hicks contractions, which are irregular and painless “practice” contractions, can start around this time. Stretch marks may appear as your skin stretches so remember to keep your skin moisturised.

As your uterus expands, it can push against your stomach, causing heartburn and indigestion, but eating smaller, more frequent meals can help.

Leg cramps, especially at night, are common; stretching your legs before bed and staying hydrated can alleviate them.

Mild swelling in your hands, feet, and ankles is normal, so elevate your feet when possible and avoid standing for long periods.

Young happy pregnant woman is sitting on the floor in the living room
At 22 weeks pregnant, your bump is likely more noticeable and you may begin experiencing Braxton Hicks. (Image: Getty Images)

Your baby at 22 weeks pregnant

At 22 weeks, your baby weighs about 350g and measures 19cm from crown to rump, growing at a rate of about 1cm in length every week.

You might feel more pronounced kicks and movements as your baby becomes more active.

Their senses are rapidly developing; they can now hear your heartbeat and may even react to sounds outside the womb. Tiny details like eyebrows and eyelashes are forming, and the eyes are becoming more refined.

Listen to music and read to your baby

Your baby’s hearing is now finely attuned, so watch what you say! Some studies suggest that after birth, newborns suck more vigorously when fed if they are listening to music or words they often heard in the womb. Try singing, or reading her your favourite poem or short story.

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