22 Weeks of Pregnancy

We’ve reached 22 weeks of pregnancy and this indicates that your pregnancy is going very well. Anxiety is taking over each day more and more and the connection of the mother with the fetus is increasing day by day, making this period you are already super excited to meet your baby soon.

And let’s tell you: time goes by flying that when you least expect it, you’ll be carrying your child on your lap. But after all, what will be the main symptoms and events this week? That’s what we’ll talk about in today’s post! Come with us and check it out! 😊

Symptoms of 22 weeks of pregnancy

As the pregnancy develops, the pregnant woman tends to have fewer and fewer symptoms. Therefore, during the 22 weeks it is still common for the pregnant woman to feel some discomfort and this does not mean that there is something wrong with her pregnancy.

See what are the most common symptoms of this gestational period:

Appearance of Hemorrhoids

Are you feeling any discomfort while going to the bathroom? This can be a sign of the appearance of hemorrhoids, very common at this stage of pregnancy. Hemorrhoids refer to the dilation of the vein of the anus and can cause a lot of pain when evacuating and, in more severe cases, pain even when sitting.

To reduce these discomforts, the most recommended is to follow a diet rich in fiber and drink plenty of water throughout the day so that your stools are softer and can come out more easily.

In case of severe discomfort and/or bloody stools, be sure to consult your doctor so that he can assess your situation and indicate a more effective treatment.

frequent urination

As we’ve been talking about in previous weeks, this symptom is in fact the most frequent throughout pregnancy and what justifies it is the pressure that the uterus makes on the bladder, reducing its reservoir and increasing the urge to pee repeatedly.

Start noticing if, when you go to the bathroom, you are feeling uncomfortable when you urinate. This is because at 22 weeks of pregnancy it is common for a pregnant woman to develop a urinary tract infection and in this case you must urgently seek a doctor to receive the most appropriate treatment.

And, by the way, it is said that pregnant women cannot take antibiotics. This is actually just a myth. The fact is that they can indeed treat certain diseases with antibiotics, as long as it is the ideal remedy and recommended by the doctor, without exception.

increased appetite

At this point in the pregnancy, the nausea caused by early pregnancy is behind us and it is very likely that the pregnant woman’s appetite has returned to normal or, in many cases, is increased. Therefore, it is very important that she is aware of continuing to eat correctly to avoid excessive weight gain and to ensure that her fetus is receiving all the nutrients it needs to develop well and healthy. If necessary, always count on the help of a health professional to set up a meal plan and accompany you throughout this period.

Indisposition

Even though the nausea has been left behind, the pregnant woman may start to present some cases of indisposition and, although it is quite uncomfortable, there is no cause for great concern. In these cases, the ideal thing to do is to rest, hydrate yourself and, in some more specific cases, take the correct medication prescribed by the doctor.

If by chance you notice any other more serious alteration such as: severe abdominal cramps, bleeding, brownish discharge or with a strong smell, do not hesitate and go to a doctor so that he can assess your situation, ok?

Back pain

As with frequent urination, back pain is very common throughout the gestational period and the reason for this is the increase in the belly, causing additional weight to the back. To reduce discomfort, do regular stretches and physical activities and, whenever possible, take breaks and rests during your routine.

Changes in the pregnant woman’s body at 22 weeks of pregnancy

During this period of pregnancy, the pregnant woman already has a belly big enough for her to feel really pregnant. In addition, the connection with your child is getting stronger as she feels the kicks more and more each day.

It is important not to neglect the hydration in the abdominal region and breasts, since with the stretching of the skin it is very likely that the skin without the correct hydration will be more prone to the appearance of new stretch marks. So talk to your doctor about the best stretch mark cream and use it regularly.

Another daily care that should be taken is in relation to sunscreen, since the skin can show spots and acne due to pregnancy hormones and the use of sunscreen can protect you from permanent skin spots.

Furthermore, although some symptoms are still relevant, the pregnant woman feels very willing and anxious for the baby’s arrival.

Development of the fetus at 22 weeks of pregnancy

At 22 weeks, the baby already has formed nails and one of the daily distractions is playing with his little hands passing over his face and ears. Regarding his fetal development, this period is already complete and he is already very similar to the baby that will come into the world, just a little thinner than the day he was born.

And that’s exactly why the mother needs to feed every 3 hours in 3 hours, after all, the fetus needs to grow and build to have the ideal height to reach the world.

Here are some other specific features of the 22nd week of pregnancy:

  • The fetus still has a lot of space inside the uterus and can pirouette and change position several times a day. However, this situation will change soon;
  • Your bones, cartilage and muscles are getting stronger each day, preparing for the moment of birth;
  • Mom can already feel the kicks several times a day and soon Dad will be able to feel it too, as they will get stronger and more intense soon.

Fetal size at 22 weeks of pregnancy

The 22-week-old baby measures approximately 27.8cm, which is equivalent to the size of a carrot and its estimated weight is 430 grams.

Importance of iron supplementation at 22 weeks of pregnancy

During this week, there is a need to supplement iron in your diet to prevent anemia. And the reason for this is that until now your iron reserves were still enough to cover your needs and the baby’s, but from now on you will need to supplement this demand to make sure you are healthy.

Talk to your doctor about taking vitamin supplements or whether only a diet high in iron will suffice. See what are some foods that have high iron content:

  • Spinach;
  • Legumes;
  • Pumpkin seed;
  • Quinoa;
  • Broccoli;
  • Tofu;
  • Bitter chocolate;
  • Amaranth;
  • Oat;
  • Coconut milk;
  • Liver

Here’s the question: can a pregnant woman or can’t eat pepper?

The ingestion of pepper during pregnancy has always been a very big taboo and, therefore, we decided to clarify a myth: there is no scientific study that proves that pepper is, in fact, harmful to the pregnant woman or the baby.

Therefore, its consumption during pregnancy may end up aggravating some symptoms of the 22 weeks of pregnancy and therefore its use may be inadvisable. See what pepper is capable of:

  • Pepper aggravates cases of hemorrhoids: in the case of women who have a history of hemorrhoids or have already had hemorrhoids at some point during pregnancy, it is recommended that they do not include pepper in their diet. And this is explained by the fact that food is closely related to the worsening of cases of hemorrhoids, especially at the end of pregnancy;
  • Pepper aggravates cases of heartburn: the same goes for pregnant women who already suffered from heartburn even before pregnancy. If this is your case, the best thing is that you do not use pepper in your recipes to avoid worsening your case and worsening your pregnancy symptoms, which can end up causing you great discomfort.

Well, we hope you understand what the main symptoms and events are at 22 weeks of pregnancy. If you have any questions regarding this matter, be sure to comment on this post that we clarify.

But don’t forget: the content of this post is only intended to give you tips. If you want to clarify any specific issue about your pregnancy, always choose to contact your doctor. Only he will know how to guide you in an individualized and safe way.

In addition, keep following our blog to stay on top of everything that happens in pregnancy week by week. We are waiting for you here in the next few days. To the next!

Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.

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