You’re 22 weeks pregnant!
Things are moving right along now in your body and in your baby’s.
They’re also probably pretty hectic in your life, as you begin preparing for baby’s arrival.
Have you thought about whether you plan to breastfeed or formula feed?
Breastfeeding is definitely the best nutritional choice for your baby. It contains a whole host of readily absorbable vitamins and minerals and it’s great for your baby’s immune system. It also reduces a mother’s likelihood of getting breast cancer.
You can see a surprising comparison of ingredients in breastmilk and formula, you can do so here.
If you plan to breastfeed you may want to sign up for a breastfeeding class now, if it’s your first time.
If you plan to formula feed, you might like to see our article on how to get started on formula.
22 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
At 22 weeks pregnant, symptoms like swollen feet and an achy back may be getting more pronounced now. They will continue to get worse as baby gets bigger. Your heartburn may be more frequent as well, and this also tends to get worse as your uterus grows. Your hormones are raging now. On the positive side, you may be craving sex, but on the negative side, your gums are bleeding!
Your doctor has probably scheduled a glucose test for you to be given in the next two to three weeks – this test is for gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes affects up to 8% of pregnant women – many of which who have never had diabetic symptoms before. You can read about the risk factors for gestational diabetes and what you can do to reduce your chances of being diagnosed in our article here.
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that the biggest risk factor for gestational diabetes was being overweight or obese during pregnancy. However, if you’ve splurged on sugary drinks and foods (including grains/wheat products) then you may also end up with a diagnosis of gestational diabetes.
You will likely be told to follow a low GI (glycemic index) diet, and you’ll have to test your blood sugar regularly. To help with insulin resistance, it’s important to get regular exercise, even a simple daily walk for 20-30 minutes. It doesn’t need to be strenuous. Make sure you check with your healthcare provider before beginning or increasing a physical activity routine.
You’ll need to cut out refined sugars (for example soft drinks, ice-cream, flavoured milk, sweets) and processed wheat products like bread, white flour products (cake, biscuits), white pasta and rice etc. Don’t substitute sugar for artificial sweetener, as it can actually make you crave more sugar as well as have many undesirable health side effects.
22 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
Your baby’s face is fully formed now. He is starting to gain fat and looks more like a newborn.
Around this time, your baby develops the sense of touch and explores the inside of your uterus, gripping onto his umbilical cord.
Eyelashes and eyebrows are fully formed.
This week, your baby probably weighs between 368 – 450 grams, and is about 28-30 cm long, around the size of a papaya.