The child

The child

Your baby measures about 10.2 inches (26 cm) from head to foot and weighs about 13 ounces (370 gm) at the start of the week—and about 15.9 ounces (450 gm) at the end of the week.

Your baby is alternating between sleep and wakefulness and already has her own diurnal rhythm. When you’re resting, your baby may be most active; being up and about will rock baby to sleep. The part of your baby’s brain that manufactures brain cells is developing exponentially at this time.

Inside the uterus week 22(b)
Mother

Mother

Your pregnancy hormones can cause your gums to swell, so good dental care is essential. Freckles, birthmarks and your areolas are sensitive areas now and you should avoid strong sunlight.

Libido varies greatly from person to person and pregnancy to pregnancy—but some women notice an increased sex drive in the second half of their pregnancy. Maybe your partner is holding back out of fear of hurting or disturbing your baby?

Pregnancy week 22 Mother beige
Partner

Partner

Many people feel this is a wonderful time in their pregnancy. The mother-to-be often feels great and is hopefully past earlier symptoms such as fatigue or nausea. Enjoy this time together and do something fun! Why not register for a couple’s yoga class or experiment with new recipes in the kitchen.

Tip: As far as food is concerned, the baby and mother-to-be (and you, of course) benefit best from eating a nutritious diet. Aim to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, slow-burning carbs and lean meat or protein. Of course, it’s fine to treat yourselves to desserts or the occasional “less healthy” option—just use your common sense.

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