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22 Weeks Pregnant: What To Expect During Pregnancy

2 years ago3 min read
Last updated: Jan 20 2023

You’re not going to believe this, but at 22 weeks pregnant, you are past the halfway mark! Congratulations. You only have about another 18 weeks to go before you’re snuggling your little bundle of cuteness.

22 weeks pregnant

What is 22 weeks pregnant in months? You ask. You’re in your sixth month! Can you believe it? Do anything non-stop for 6 months and you get rather proficient at it. That must mean that, by now, you’re a pregnancy pro.

What should I expect at 22 weeks pregnant?

22 week fetus

What is my baby doing in the womb at 22 weeks? Well, they’re up to some pretty amazing things, actually.

  • 22 weeks pregnant baby size. Your munchkin is a whopping 10.9 inches—or thereabout. That’s almost as tall as a Barbie doll, or one two-hundredth of the height of the Arc de Triomphe.
  • What does a baby look like at 22 weeks? Hair! They (might) have hair! Their bones and teeth are getting stronger. And they’re just generally looking a little more in proportion than they used to.
  • How often should I feel my baby move at 22 weeks? Your 22 weeks fetus is getting busy. They are starting to take in more of the world around them (granted, a world that is all about the inside of your belly, but they like living in a very, very small town right now). And they are beginning to get their daily exercise (sometimes at the expense of your bladder).

You know what else? They’re getting pretty good at using the body you’re growing for them. They can put their hands together and cross them over, like some kind of weird dance move.

Oh, and then, of course, a 22 week fetus means a big loud heartbeat, going at almost double the speed of yours. Your doc will likely chat through timing the heartbeat, just so you know how to tell if anything feels outside of your norm.

22 weeks pregnant symptoms

Your 22 weeks pregnant belly

At this point, you likely have a beautiful bump! It’s there, for all to see. (Sidenote: you are totally within your rights to say a big fat “No!” to unwanted belly touching. Always.)

Whether you’re getting into the latest in pregnancy fashion, or have decided that you’re going to use this particular moment in your life to get as comfortable as ever could be, you’re no doubt looking amazing.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you get to experience this blissful beauty without some niggling ailments. Here are some of the fun ones you might be blessed with at 22 weeks and pregnant:

  • Aches, aches, aches. Backache, hip ache, leg ache, foot ache. Aches, aches, aches.
  • Stretch marks and varicose veins. Delightful, truly.
    Braxton Hicks, aka training contractions. Yes, they might be around at this point. Just your uterus training for the big day. (Of course, while these are normal at 22 weeks pregnant, if your contractions feel more like the real thing and less like the practice thing, get in touch with your doc as soon as you can.)
  • Other minor inconveniences… Like constipation and hemorrhoids.

Now is the time to start easing up on the extreme sports activities. Your baby may not like skiing and skydiving quite as much as you do.

And, breathe. You’re on your way to the finish line. How do you manage to make this look so good?

🤰 Read next:
23 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect
Your Pregnancy Week By Week Guide

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