Hi friends, welcome to Ultrasoundfeminsider, today I am going to talk about your ultimate guide for the 22 week ultrasound, I hope you’re having an amazing day, as usual, you are going to find ultrasound images combined with all you need to know about your 22 week pregnancy on this post, so let’s begin…
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How Big Is your Baby at 22 Weeks Pregnant?
At 22 weeks pregnant, the baby is as big as a Papaya. The average 22 week fetus weighs about 1 lbs. and measures 19 centimeters long(Excluding legs).
Please know that small discrepancies on weight and size not necessarily means that there is a problem, only if the difference is 2 weeks or more further testing is required.
Your 22 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms are as follow:
Swollen hands and/or feet: Now that you’re pregnant, you have an increase in the amount of fluids in your body. So minor swelling is totally normal and will resolve as soon as baby is born.
Stretch marks: Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin. Over time they may diminish, but will not disappear completely. Stretch marks usually form during second and third trimester, and usually on the belly, but also can occur on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks. These are known as striae gravidarum. Stretch marks are more common for some women simply because of family history, lack on collagen or because of sudden weight gain.
Braxton Hicks contractions: You might start noticing mild contractions at this point, some patients more than others, Braxton hicks contractions is when your uterus occasionally feel tight as it practices for labor. This is totally normal as long as the contractions go away when you change positions. Let your doctor know about any pain or contractions that don’t stop, Keep in mind that Dehydration can cause Premature Labor, so try to keep yourself hydrated at all times. If you are pregnant with twins expect to be feeling more of this contractions.
Protruding belly button: Your belly button has basically gone inside out. This is sign of your expanding belly.
Increased vaginal discharge: This is just the result of increased blood flow down there. It might not feel very sexy but certainly is an important sign that your body is protecting your vagina from infections.
Shortness of breath: As your uterus expands, it pushes against your lungs, causing you to feel short of breath. Don’t push yourself too hard, and sit down and rest if you feel yourself gasping for air.
Other symptoms such as Hip pain and Abdominal aches, Leg cramps, Dizziness might be part of your normal second trimester list of symptoms as well.
Maintaining your skin moisturized at this point is a plus, it will prevent those stretch marks from developing and been more visible at the end of your pregnancy, Some recommended products to you at 22 weeks are:
Some of my previous posts are linked below:
The ultimate guide for your 21 week ultrasound, Fetal development, all you need to know about your pregnancy this week.
The ultimate guide for your 20 week ultrasound, Fetal development, all you need to know about your pregnancy this week.
Other important tests this week at your doctor visit.
Fetal fibronectin Protein: This is a screening test to determine if you are at risk of preterm labor.
Your doctor may do a fetal fibronectin (fFN) screening at this time. If the results are negative, you’re not at risk, but if they’re positive, your odds of going into labor soon are much higher, so your doctor may take steps to prolong your pregnancy and prepare your baby’s lungs for an early delivery.
This test is mainly done on patients with constant warning signs of preterm labor such as:
1.Regular or frequent contractions (a tightening sensation in the abdomen that doesn’t go away).
2. Constant low, dull backache.
3.A sensation of pelvic or lower abdominal pressure.
4.Mild abdominal cramps.
5.Vaginal spotting or bleeding.
6.Watery vaginal discharge (water breaking) in a gush.
7.A change in vaginal discharge.
Remember at this time Ultrasound is not needed unless you are having symptoms of preterm labor.
Expect on this visit that your doctor will measure fundal height as well. Fundal height is the distance from the pubic bone to the top of your uterus. In centimeters, the fundal height should match your week of pregnancy, give or take two centimeters. It should continue to increase about a centimeter each week.
If there is any questionable size discrepancy then Ultrasound is the way to go to check if the fetal growth is Normal.
What is happening with your baby at 22 weeks?
This week, your baby develops her sense of touch, grabbing anything around, on ultrasounds you can see them grabbing their feet’s sometimes. In fact, your little one’s grip is quite strong now.
The sense of sight is also becoming more fine. Your fetus can now perceive light and dark much better than before, even with those fused eyelids.
Your baby can also hear your voice, your heartbeat, your gurgling stomach and the sound of blood circulating through your body blood vessels.
Baby’s sleeping in cycles by now, about 12 to 14 hours per day (hint: they’re probably those times you’re not feeling any kicks!). Other times during the day your baby is probably very active.
Now lets take a look of your baby’s 22 week Ultrasound, shall we…