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22nd Pregnancy Week

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Your Pregnancy Week by Week

2st Trimester: Pregnancy Week 22

Welcome to the world of parenting!

An exciting journey is about to start and Mothercare, through this journal, is going to be by your side and advise you throughout your pregnancy weeks.

Get informed about everything that parents need to know such as pregnancy, baby growth, body and psychology changes, doctor examinations and appointments and of course parturition, breastfeeding and baby care.

Our midwife and lactation consultant IBCLC Ms Georgia Leze every week is going to show you a special path to a healthy and happy baby.

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Pregnancy Week 22

Another week into your pregnancy journey, and you might now be starting to feel the size of a small house. At week 22 your tummy is stretching even more to accommodate your growing bundle, and your baby is making themselves known more and more with those turns, flips and tiny punches.

Week 22 brings its tricky symptoms and exciting updates from under the bump, with little organs (and even some tiny teeth!) taking shape inside your incredible body.

  • you might be feeling more thirsty 
  • you may be noticing your baby moving about more 
  • you tummy might start to feel a little itchy as it begins to stretch

Υou at Pregnancy Week 22

With a little human growing inside your womb, your body needs to stretch a little to make room. Around the week 22 mark, this might mean your skin starts to feel a tiny bit itchy across your tummy, and you might feel an odd twinge or two. To prevent and relieve this symptom, take care of your skin daily on the entire area of ​​the abdomen, buttocks and thighs with a suitable moisturizing lotion or oil for stretch marks during pregnancy. Enrich your cream with Argan oil to treat itching and intense stretching of the skin. Itching is a natural pregnancy symptom, but if it feels too severe, have a chat with your doctor or midwife.

Υour baby at Pregnancy Week 22

At this stage your little one is around 27cm long, and loves moving in mum's warm and cosy womb! They are also much more sensitive, and can start to kick when they hear loud voices or noises. So many new features have been added to your little one: they have fully formed eyes (although without any eye colour yet), and they also have tiny little teeth forming in their jaw for future use. Both the pancreas and the lungs have also formed around this time: what an exciting week for baby!

The taste buds are already in abundance for this and through your own diet, and changing the taste of amniotic fluid, your baby starts to swallow more often if you eat something sweet!!!

Wonderful news!

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Τhings to do in Pregnancy Week 22

As your body is creating enough blood for both you and your baby, you may feel more dehydrated than usual. Keep a little bottle to hand and sip throughout the day – even if this results in multiple loo trips! Some mums-to-be also have a few dental problems at this time, with heightened sensitivity or bleeding gums. If you are having a few teething problems of your own, make an appointment with your dentist. Ask about the toothpaste you are using and choose a lower fluoride formulation suitable for pregnant women. Maybe a homemade toothpaste made of soda and mint is a good solution.

The birth of your baby may still be late but it takes time to update, prepare, know and choose how to give birth. Start searching for information on the most suitable delivery method for you. Labor in the water with epidural or not? Labor at home or in the maternity hospital? It is time to learn and prepare for the most important moment of a woman’s life.

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