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Know all about 22 Weeks Pregnancy - Changes during 22 weeks of pregnancy

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 05 Jan 2019 - Written by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Sailaja Vuppu - MBBS

22 weeks pregnancy is a critical stage of a pregnancy. The body of a pregnant undergoes several changes. 22 week pregnancy symptoms include shinier and thicker hair, rapid growth of hair, stretch marks, darker nipples as well as most prominent size of the baby bump. These symptoms are a good sign of healthy growth of the baby.

Let’s Discuss in More Details About Symptoms of 22 Week Pregnant:

Women in 22-week pregnancy may notice a plethora of changes in their body. Some of them are listed below

  • As your growing baby strives hard to accommodate in your belly, it can cause stretch marks on your expanding abdomen. These streaks or stretch marks may vary in color and may range from light pink to dark brown depending on your skin type.
  • These stretch marks may also appear on thighs, breasts, hips, and buttocks.
  • Stretch marks are usually harmless but may cause some discomfort such as itching and irritation. Keeping your skin well moisturized can help relieve itching.

Physical Changes/ Symptoms at 22 Weeks Pregnant

1. Thick And Shiny Hair

  • During pregnancy, you may notice your hair to appear thicker and shinier.

22 week pregnant lady have thick and shiny hair

  • It’s not that you are growing more hair during this phase; rather you are losing them at a slower pace than you normally do.
  • Post pregnancy you will soon start shedding excess hair – which would be almost equal to pre-pregnancy stage.
  • Fun Fact: During this time make sure to visit your hair stylist to get all kinds of new hairstyle – best time to experiment.

2. Body Hair

  • Androgens or sex hormones are the culprits behind an unwanted hair growth on your chin, upper lip, jaw, and cheeks. These little pops can be embarrassing at times.
  • You may also notice some patches of stray hair growing on your belly, arms, legs or back.

3. Rapid Growth Of Finger Nails At 22 Weeks Pregnant

  • Your fingernails may start growing at a rapid pace.

  • They may become a little softer or harder depending on your hormones

  • Try wearing rubber glove while doing the dishes and keep them well moisturized if they go brittle.

4. Skin Changes

  • On our survey we found many women saying that their skin looked amazingly beautiful while they were 22 weeks pregnant. If you are one of those lucky women, then enjoy the proverbial pregnancy glow.
  • While some expecting mothers may be blessed with the glow, on the other hand, many others are likely to get acne prone skin as well. If you are one of them, wash your face twice a day with acne control face wash.

5. Stretch Marks

  • During 22 weeks of pregnancy, your belly expands continuously as the baby strives hard to accommodate in your uterus.

A 22 week pregnant lady have stretch marks

  • You may experience striations of varying colors as a result of tiny tears or breakage in the supporting tissue lying under your skin.

6. Splotchy Skin

  • An increased level of melanin may result in skin discoloration or patchy skin, especially on your face.
  • These spots may intensify if you spend more time outdoors.

7. Darker Nipples and Larger Areolas

  • During 22 weeks of pregnancy, you may notice your areolas growing dark and big.
  • The little bumps on your areolas will now get more prominent and will actively engage in lubrication of skin and in fighting off harmful bacteria.

8. Larger Feet

  • The lax ligaments or the loose ligaments are responsible for making your feet spread a bit.
  • Because you are carrying a few extra pounds during 22-week pregnancy, swelling in your feet can make your shoes feel tight as well. It will return to normal after childbirth.

9. Belly at 22 Weeks Pregnant

  • Remember a simple rule that each body is different and each woman grows and shows at a different pace during pregnancy. At 22 weeks of pregnancy, your belly can measure around 20 to 24 centimeters from pelvic bone to the top of the uterus.
  • At 22 weeks of pregnancy, you are more likely to put on extra weight and your obstetrician may suggest you go slow with the weight gain by controlling your diet.

Hows Your Baby Doing?

  • At week 22 pregnancy, your baby measures around 11 inches and weighs around 1 pound. Your little bean has now grown as big as a spaghetti squash.
  • Your newborn is now more looking like a miniature newborn with eyelids, hips, and eyebrows.

 Baby looks like at 22 week pregnant

  • The little one has already begun to form tiny tooth buds beneath the gums.
  • His or her eyes are still fused but by week 22 pregnancies, the baby is able to differentiate between dark and light.
  • Your baby’s eyes are now developed but still lack deep pigmentation in their iris.

Ultrasound Image of 22 Weeks Fetus

  • A mid-pregnancy ultrasound image of your baby can give you a glimpse of baby’s all major organs. However, it’s very difficult to demarcate all as it not very clear on the ultrasound.

Ultrasound image of 22 weeks fetus

  • Now the baby’s lips and eyes are more developed which now make him or she look more like a newborn.

Track Your Baby’s Sleep Cycle

During 22 week pregnancy, your baby sleeps in cycles which can last about 12 to 14 hours per day. This is usually the reason that mothers don't start feeling those kicks during this phase. However, you still can start charting your baby’s sleep pattern by noticing small movements inside your tummy. Such data might not be so useful to analyze from Science side, however, there are mothers who have reported that this is exactly the pattern they use for the first quarter after they step into the new world.

Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal

Written by

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician
Agra

Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal is an obstetrician, gynecologist and infertility specialist who is providing her valuable expertise in the field of gynecology and infertility issues. She ensures that the patients receive the required fertility treatments well on time. Dr. Kavita specializes in the treatments like High Risk Pregnancy Care, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Reproductive Medicine. Currently, she is practicing at Amit Jaggi Memorial Hospital, Vibhav Nagar, Agra.

SOURCES AND REFERENCES:


1.  What are the top 6 risk factors of pregnancy after 30 and success rates?  pregnancy, Elawoman - 2017

5 Comments

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Sarita Kunwar

Really helpful article. Currently, I am in my 15 weeks of pregnancy and looking forward to having those symptoms too during my 22 weeks.

Sept. 19, 2018, 2:30 p.m. 4.5

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Nagma Khan

My consultant advised me to be more careful during sex in 22 weeks of pregnancy. So, I chose spooning position for sex in pregnancy. It's safe and fun.

Sept. 2, 2018, 6:27 p.m. 4.5

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Sonia Nigam

I use coconut oil to avoid stretch marks. It is completely natural and risk-free method.

April 21, 2018, 4:31 p.m. 5.0

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Vedhika Dhawan

Amid pregnancy, your body sheds hair significantly more gradually than it did some time recently. What to do?? If thicker hair is a shelter for you, appreciate it. On the off chance that it's making your mane more uncontrollable than any time in recent memory, request that your beautician do some...

Oct. 28, 2017, 3:54 p.m. 4.5

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Shilpi Rahane

22 weeks fetus is similar to a size of an avocado. The eyes will likewise start framing, yet because of an absence of shade in their iris they won't have an eye shading yet. It's likewise basic for a child to be conceived with one eye shading. However, it will change in the initial couple of months.

Oct. 28, 2017, 3:54 p.m. 5.0

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