22 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

    22 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

    Congratulations! You’re 22 weeks pregnant. At this stage of your journey, new developments are beginning to unfold. Check out this week-by-week guide to find out what’s in store for your baby and your body in week 22 of pregnancy.

    With week 21 of your pregnancy complete, you’re on week 22! Enjoy it, as week 23 is on the horizon!

    One of the most magical things about pregnancy is how much changes with your little one and you over the span of just 7 days! Here’s the best info to keep on top of all that’s happening.

    At 22 weeks pregnant:

    • Your baby is the size of a bell pepper.
    • You’re about five months pregnant now.
    • The countdown continues: you’re past the half-way mark of your second trimester.
    • You’ve got 18 weeks to go!

    What happens during the 22nd week of pregnancy?

    • “I’m all ears, mom!” Your little one can finally hear you! Feel free to sing to them and chat away as you build a beautiful connection. An exciting way some moms bond with baby is to play some mellow music towards their bellies with headphones. (Just don’t pump up the jams too loudly!) 
    • It’s dark in here: While their eyes are still shut tightly, your baby can perceive brightness. If you shine a flashlight on your belly, you might feel your baby react by kicking or turning away.
    • A new meaning to the term “fur baby”: At 22 weeks, your baby has a protective cover for the skin, a fine hair called lanugo, which is gone by the time of birth. 
    • Some (literal) touching times: Your baby’s cognitive development is on the fast track throughout the second and third trimesters. As a result, by week 22 there’s movement as your bundle learns newborn reflexes like grabbing and squeezing. 

    What should I be feeling at 22 weeks pregnant?

    • Your uterus may start contracting as soon as 22 weeks pregnant. Known as Braxton Hicks contractions, these occasional, painless, irregular squeezes are one of the ways your body prepares for labor. Also called false labor, many women describe the feeling less as a contraction, and more so as a tightening sensation.
    • As you’re gaining weight, so is your baby. Around this time, they’ll be at the one-pound milestone—roughly the same weight as a baseball. 
    • Stretch marks around your body (your belly, hips, legs, breasts and butt, for example) are likely visible. These are completely normal and extremely common—as many as 90% of women develop pregnancy-related stretch marks. Eating a nutrient-rich diet, staying hydrated and moisturizing can help mitigate them if they’re bothering you or causing itchiness.

    How big is your baby at 22 weeks pregnant?

    22 Weeks Pregnant
    Baby Weight 1 pound
    Baby Length 7-7.5 inches
    Baby Size Comparable to a bell pepper

    Week 22 pregnancy symptoms

    During week 22 of pregnancy, your body is changing quickly. As your baby grows, you will too, and there are certain pregnancy symptoms you may experience at this time.

    4 common week 22 pregnancy symptoms

    • You may experience some pregnancy-related constipation. There are several home remedies that can help. Try including a prenatal supplement with Omega-3’s, aiming for a diet rich in fiber or incorporating some exercise.
    • Leg cramps may indicate a deficiency of calcium or magnesium in your diet. A good set of prenatal vitamins should provide the boost you need.
    • It’s a small change, but if your belly button was an innie, it’s probably an outie by now.
    • Your back probably aches—you’re carrying extra weight. This is a good time to do gentle stretches or massage that tension out.

    3 expert tips for a healthy and safe pregnancy

    Being 22 weeks pregnant is an important time for you and your baby. Here’s some more expert-recommended advice on how to adjust to this new stage and keep you and your baby safe.

    1. Manage food cravings: The better you eat, the better you’ll feel, and the better the health of both you and baby. Try these strategies to control your junk-food cravings.
    2. Learn to express boundaries: You will probably be approached by tummy touchers. Some moms-to-be don’t mind, while other women find this completely inappropriate. Know where you stand and have a tactful response ready.
    3. Step into your preggers power: Remember to have some fun with this and do your best to embrace your changing body. You could start thinking about a maternity photographer or add some new maternity wear to your online cart!

    Week 22 checklist: How to plan your pregnancy

    Knowing what to do week-by-week can help you feel prepared and alleviate stress. Add these new items to your to-do list this week. You’ve got this, mama!

    To-Do Complete
    Try to reduce stress. Take some time out for yoga or mindfulness sessions.
    Seek out a good maternity photographer.
    Finalize details for your baby shower yourself or with the person that is helping plan the event.

    Learn more about your pregnancy, including pregnancy planning and pregnancy nutrition to feel prepared to continue this magical adventure. You’re armed with the facts, what to do, and now you can take time to connect with the little one growing inside you. 

    With week 21 in the rearview mirror and week 22 going strong, look to the future and what’s coming up in week 23!