I will actually be 23 weeks tomorrow, but am behind on my weekly updates, so here’s the one from 22 weeks. Here is what is going on this week according to Baby Center:
At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment.
If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he’ll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.
How your life’s changing:
At this point, you may find your belly becoming a hand magnet. It’s perfectly okay to tell folks who touch your tummy that you’d rather they didn’t. And if people are telling you that you look smaller or bigger than you should at this point, remember that each woman grows — and shows — at her own rate.
What’s important is that you see your practitioner for regular visits to make sure your baby’s growth is on track. You may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen as it expands to accommodate your growing baby.
At least half of pregnant women develop stretch marks by the time they give birth. These small streaks of differently textured skin can range from pink to dark brown (depending on your skin color). Although they most commonly appear on your tummy, stretch marks may also show up on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts. There’s no proof that lotion helps prevent stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturized may help with any itching.
How far along? 22 weeks
Total weight gain: 11 lbs
Maternity clothes? loving them, but still wearing a lot of regular clothes too. Mostly dresses and a few pants with my belly band.
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: Felt a bit more tired than usual this week and becoming a bit more restless at night. The urge to pee and lots of strange vivid dreams wake me up at night.
Best moment this week: Mr. B loving on and talking to my belly, telling her how much her daddy already loves her while in bed the other night! It melted my heart!
Miss Anything? Nope!
Movement: Feeling LOTS of movement now and her little kicks are getting stronger.
Food cravings: Fruit, popsicles, and peanut butter-honey-banana sandwiches. I have eaten 3 of them this week and am not sick of them yet! Mmmmm…makes me want one now, just thinking about it!
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Gender prediction: It’s a girl!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Round ligament pain, Braxton hicks, spider veins, varicose veins
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: So happy and getting nervous! I feel like there is so much to do and I am suddenly running out of time.
Looking forward to: Appt with my high risk perinatologist tomorrow, May 8th. That means we get an ultrasound and another peek at our baby!!! Yay 🙂