Guess what? At 22 weeks, your baby now weighs around one pound. From around now, they start to weigh more than the placenta. They’re about the size of a bag of sugar.
When you are 22 weeks pregnant, your baby’s eyelids are still fused shut, but the eyes themselves are starting to move. Tear ducts are also forming and your baby now has eyebrows — little tufts of fine white hair.
Your baby is becoming more and more responsive to external stimuli. If you were to have an ultrasound this week and there were to be a loud noise during the scan, you might see your baby react
Your baby’s brain is rapidly developing, and nerve endings are forming. About now your baby has developed a sense of touch, which means he might be experimenting with this new sense by stroking a body part that he happens to reach or sucking his thumb. Your baby is now starting to put on layers of what’s called brown fat, which helps keep him warm.
How Big is Your Baby at 22 Weeks?
Now that you’re 22 weeks pregnant, your baby, who’s about the size of a small doll, has finally broken the one-pound mark. How heavy is that? Hold a one-pound bag of sugar in your arms the next time you’re in the grocery store. Is the bag eleven inches long? That’s about the length your baby is too!
Pregnancy Symptoms at 22 Weeks
Heartburn or Indigestion:
It’s perfectly normal to find yourself wanting to devour the contents of your kitchen cabinets and fridge (you have a growing baby to feed!). So try to stock your home with healthy snacks such as fruit, cut-up veggies, nuts and whole-wheat crackers.
Hormonal changes and a faster metabolism are probably responsible for you feeling hotter and sweatier than normal. The best you can do is to try and stay cool, so wear loose clothes, drink lots of water, and put on the fan or air conditioner.
Not loving your new outie belly button? After delivery it will revert back to an innie — but be prepared for the fact that you will probably be left with a slightly larger navel.
Did you know that your heart is pumping up to 30 to 50 percent more blood now that you’re pregnant? This is actually good news — more oxygen and nutrients are being delivered to your baby via the placenta. For this reason, having a racing heart can be normal during pregnancy. If you also feel short of breath or you feel your heart racing and it stays that way, call your provider as soon as possible.
Pregnancy hormones loosen your joints, helping them become more flexible. But this flexibility may be causing you some pain. To help, try not to lift heavy objects and avoid standing for too long. Learn more about hip and pelvic pain.
Increased body hair:
Sex hormones known as androgens can cause new hair to sprout on your chin, upper lip, jaw, and cheeks. Stray hairs can also pop up on your belly, arms, legs, and back.