You are now 22 weeks pregnant (or in your 23rd week if that’s how you prefer to count it).
How your baby’s growing
Your baby now looks like a miniature newborn. His lips are becoming more distinct and his eyes have developed; though the iris still lacks pigment, his eyebrows and eyelids are in place. His pancreas, essential for hormone production, is developing steadily and the first signs of teeth are showing beneath his gum line. Before you know it, your baby will be smiling at you. Read more information on your baby’s development this week.
How your life’s changing
At this point, you’ll probably notice a steady gain in weight — about 225g/half a pound each week. You may also notice that your appetite’s increasing. It’s okay to give in to an occasional yearning for ice cream, but try to find a healthy substitute if you constantly long for junk food.
Sometimes it’s difficult to look much beyond the birth but it’s worth finding out about babies before you hold your own. For example, you may be surprised at what a newborn looks like or you may need a crash course in changing diapers. Get together with your partner and give each other a light-heated quiz.
You may have noticed some changes down below. It’s common in pregnancy to have an increased vaginal discharge as the result of increased blood flow in that part of the body. Needing to go to the washroom a lot is another side-effect of pregnancy but don’t forget that you are also more susceptible to urinary tract infections too — see your doctor or midwife if you suspect a bout of cystitis. You may also experience bleeding from the back passage, particularly if you have developed hemorrhoids.
Pregnancy Tip: Write It Down
“I kept a diary of my pregnancy for my son and I brought it to the hospital with me so I could write to him as soon as I felt up to it. It really helped to share all the feelings I was having.” — Anonymous