22 weeks pregnant: advice, symptoms and what to expect

Week 22

by Deborah Cicurel |

At twenty-two weeks pregnant, your baby looks more like a newborn than ever before, and your body’s changing too. Here are any symptoms you might expect and anything and everything you need to know about your baby and your body at 22 weeks pregnant.

How big is my baby at 22 weeks pregnant?

If you love the food comparisons, then your baby is the size of a coconut - if not, she’s now the size of a small doll. She’s now over a pound and about eleven inches long. She’s about the size of a bag of sugar, which is heavier than it sounds!

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What’s my baby doing at 22 weeks?

Your baby is starting to look more like a newborn than ever, with distinct lips, eyelids and eyebrows, and even tiny tooth buds.

Your little one will also now be able to perceive light and dark better, even though her eyelids are still fused. Her hearing’s improving too: she’ll be able to hear your heartbeat, voice and even the noises of your blood circulating and your stomach gurgling.

11 common symptoms to look out for at 22 weeks pregnant:

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1) Increased sex drive

This is one of our favourite symptoms because for once it isn't all doom and gloom! At 22 weeks weeks some mums-to-be may notice another surge in their libido due to the raging hormones!

What is my body doing at 22 weeks pregnant?

Your tummy’s getting bigger and bigger - but it’s not the only thing changing. You’ve probably noticed that your feet are swelling more than you might like. This is due to pregnancy swelling, or oedema, as well as the pregnancy hormone relaxin, which loosens the ligaments in the feet so that the bones under them spread. This can mean your feet increase by half or even whole shoe size. Don’t try and squeeze into your old kicks: choose a bigger, comfortable pair that you can wear throughout your pregnancy, with no more than a two-inch heel: It’s hard enough as it is to keep your balance with your pregnancy belly, let alone with sky-high stilettos!

What to do this week: 

  • Slow down: It’s quite common to feel dizzy or light-headed during pregnancy – that’s because so much blood is being directed to your womb to help with your baby’s development. Get yourself into the habit of getting up slowly so the blood flow can adjust gradually.

  • Keep snacking: Make sure you eat regular healthy snacks (carry some nuts or raisins or fruit like a banana, apple or seedless tangerine in your bag) and stay hydrated to keep energy levels up and ensure your blood sugar doesn’t rise or fall too quickly. If you feel faint or dizzy, sit down and put your head between your knees so the blood can return to your brain: the dizziness will soon disappear.

Your week 22 FAQs answered: 

How big should my bump be at 22 weeks pregnant?

A typical belly at 22 weeks pregnant will be around 20 to 24 centimetres from pelvic bone to the top of the uterus.

How much should my baby be moving at 22 weeks?

Most women start to feel their baby moving between 18 and 20 weeks pregnant, yet how strong or how much you feel these little flutters completely depends on your pre-pregnancy weight and how your baby is lying.

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