Wow! This is the 22nd week and the fifth month of your pregnancy. Your baby is now 11 ± 1 inch and weighs 15± 1 ounce. How time has flown!!
You need to keep a track of the weight you are putting on. Till now you have been putting on approximately one pound a week which should now slow down to about half a pound every week. Your bump has been growing and your navel may now start protruding. This will recede and so will the stretch marks that are now quite prominent.
This week your doctor may check for weight and blood pressure, sugar and protein in your urine, fetal heartbeat, size and shape of the uterus and height of the top of the uterus. The doctor may also check swelling in the legs and feet, varicose veins. Please prepare in advance and list out all the questions you want to ask him. Also use the symptom logger of HMom app to record all the symptoms so that you can discuss these with him.
Your Baby in Week Twenty-two
Your baby can feel vibrations as now its inner eras have developed. So now you can talk to your baby. There is this fact behind the story of how Abhimanyu son of Arjuna learnt about the Chakravyuh in the womb of his mother. .
Your baby can move his hands over his face. Its fingernails have now covered the fingertips. The liver is now able to remove waste red blood cells (bilirubin) from its blood.
All you need now is a stethoscope to hear your baby’s heartbeat. It can taste things as all you eat passes through the placenta. You may like to remember this when you next decide to eat something spicy or sharp tasting..
The baby continues to lie in the fetal or C shape position. It may stretch at time just to exercise its muscles. You know this as you can feel it happening.
One of the important changes that have taken place is the production of bilirubin as a byproduct of producing red blood cells. This passes through the liver and on to the placenta through the umbilical cord. If the liver is not able to process all the bilirubin then the result is jaundice. Your doctor will test for bilirubin levels through physical checks and also through blood tests.