It’s getting crowded in there! Now that you’re 22 weeks pregnant, your rapidly growing baby is invading your space—to say the least. That’s why it might be tough to catch your breath and why your back might be killing you. Hey, as baby grows, he or she may be expanding your belly so much (so fast) at week 22 of pregnancy that you might start to get some stretch marks (sorry)—and you might even have a newfound “outtie”! While you might not love all these side effects, you’ll probably want to capture your pregnant belly in some professional photos. 22 weeks is a good time to schedule a maternity portrait session. You’ll want to aim for a third trimester sesh to capture that big, beautiful belly, but it shouldn’t be so late that you risk going into labor before your appointment.
How Big Is Baby at 22 Weeks?
At 22 weeks, baby is the size of a coconut. Average baby size at 22 weeks is 10.9 inches long (from the crown of the head to the heel of the foot) and 15.2 ounces.
22 Weeks Pregnant Is How Many Months?
Hmm… it’s becoming difficult to keep track, so what exactly is 22 weeks in months you ask? Answer is… you’re four months and about four weeks pregnant. Once week 22 of pregnancy ends, you’ll officially be five months pregnant.
The most common 22 weeks pregnant symptoms have to do with the fact that your baby (or babies, if you’re 22 weeks pregnant with twins) is taking over so much territory in your bod. This includes:
A typical 22 weeks pregnant belly measures approximately 20 to 24 centimeters from pelvic bone to the top of the uterus—that’s called the “fundal height.” If you’re 22 weeks pregnant with twins, don’t even consider fundal height, since twin pregnancies are all so different, there’s no real “typical.”
At 22 weeks pregnant, weight gain is likely on your mind. Your OB is probably telling you to stick to a slow and steady weight gain—about a pound or slightly more or less per week, depending on your body type. To do that, many people advise eating about 300 extra calories per day. Don’t obsess over calorie counting or anything—it’s just a good guideline to keep in mind.
300 extra calories doesn’t mean you have to eat exactly three meals, plus one or two small snacks. In fact, you should consider switching it up and eating five or six small meals over the course of your day. That way, it might be easier to stick to a well-rounded diet (since, admit it, most of us make healthier choices with our meals than we do with our snacks). Plus, by eating smaller meals and more regularly, you’ll lower your chances of having drops in energy, or heartburn, indigestion, and other issues with that 22-week pregnant belly. Sounds delicious to us!
Now that baby's eyes and lips are more developed, he or she's looking even more like a newborn. Baby's sleeping in cycles—about 12 to 14 hours per day (hint: they're probably those times you're not feeling any kicks!).
If you haven’t had your mid-pregnancy ultrasound yet, this is the week! This 18- to 22-weeks pregnant ultrasound gives you a glimpse of all baby’s major organs and other body parts. You’ve probably wrapped up the rest of your genetic testing at this point. Feel relieved that you’ve got all that out of the way!
Reminders for the week: