You at 22 weeks pregnant
Many women get excited about their pregnancy at this stage, as their lovely round bump really starts to show. Tell your midwife, GP or obstetrician if you have any worries about your baby or the size of your bump – they can help to reassure you.
Maternity clothes or comfortable clothes might be a good idea if your usual clothes don’t fit anymore.
Pregnancy health problems
Some of the less pleasant side effects of pregnancy might be kicking in for you now:
- aching hips, especially when you’re lying down at night
- leg and foot cramps
- swollen ankles at the end of the day
- varicose veins, if you’re prone to them
- constipation and haemorrhoids.
Most of these pregnancy health problems can be managed quite well – ask your doctor or midwife for information.
Stress and pregnancy
Some stress in pregnancy is normal, but severe stress or stress that goes on for a long time isn’t good for you or your baby.
Stressful events like relationship break-ups, financial concerns and family violence can affect your pregnancy and wellbeing. If you feel very stressed, talk with your doctor or midwife at your pregnancy appointments, or call Lifeline on 131 114 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. You could also discuss the things you could be stressed about with someone you trust.
Antenatal, childbirth education or prenatal classes all mean the same thing. These classes give detailed information to help you and your birth partner get ready for pregnancy, labour, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.
Even if you’ve done a lot of research online or talked to others, at antenatal classes you can talk to an expert (usually a midwife) about your questions and concerns. Antenatal classes are also a great chance to meet other expectant parents.
You can usually do antenatal classes over several weeks on weeknights, or you might have the option of doing a weekend class. Classes can fill up quickly, so ask your midwife or doctor about making a booking in early pregnancy.
Classes will often include a tour of the maternity unit. There might be a fee.
Your baby when you’re 22 weeks pregnant
Some parts of your baby are complete at this stage:
- Your baby is about 19 cm from head to bottom and weighs around 460 gm.
- Your baby’s inner ear is adult size.
- The retinas of your baby’s eyes are fully developed. Your baby is moving around a lot, because there’s still plenty of room.
- Your baby’s preferred position is probably ‘transverse’ – lying across your tummy – but they’ll be changing position all the time.