Pregnancy Week 22: Everything You Need To Know

Bayo Ajibola
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How your baby’s growing

Your baby this week is about 11 inches in length and almost 1 pound, he is about the size of a spaghetti squash, This week sees your baby starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more pronounced, and has even began to develop tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. Though your baby’s irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment, the eyes are formed now.


How your life’s changing

At this point, strangers and even family or friends will begin to feel the urge to touch your growing bump, it is very Okay to let them now you do not like this. Although, its essential that you do it politely.

Your baby is also able to swallow – as well as hiccup – even better this week. He’s also “breathing” amniotic fluid.

At least half of pregnant women develop stretch marks which may begin to surface this week. Although stretch marks commonly appear on the tummy, they may also show up on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts. As there is no proof that lotion helps prevent stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturized may help with any itching.

Learn about: Body changes beyond your belly

  • Thicker, more lustrous hair you are not in the real sense gaining more hair, its just you are losing a lot less. During pregnancy, your body sheds hair much more slowly than it did before.
  • Increased body hair Sex hormones known as androgens may enable new hair to show up on your chin, upper lip, jaw, and cheeks. Unwanted hairs can also sprout up on your belly, arms, legs, and back. To get rid of the,, you can either tweez, wax and shave them.
  • Faster-growing fingernails Your fingernails may grow more quickly than usual, which may also grow with change in its  texture. While some women’s nails get harder, others’ get softer or more brittle. To cater fr your nails, you can protect them by wearing rubber gloves when you’re cleaning, and using moisturizer on them if they’re brittle.
  • Skin changes Some pregnant reprot that they experience the proverbial “glow” if you are amongst these women, enjoy it.
  • Stretch marks As your belly grows to accommodate your growing baby, tiny tears in the supportive tissue that lies just beneath your skin, resulting in striations of varying color may show up. Do not fret as they begin to fade at about six to 12 months after you give birth. What to do: Try not to gain more than the recommended amount of weight. Heredity is key in this as well as it plays a role in determining who will end up with stretch marks.
  • Skin discolorations with pregnancy sometimes comes an increased amount of melanin which can in turn cause splotchy patches of darkened skin n your face. What to do: Protect your face by using a sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection. Also wear g a hat with a brim, and avoiding the sun during peak hours of the day

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