Week 22 of Pregnancy: Your baby is now as big as a pumpkin, about 27.9cm from head to toe, and weighs 453g. Lips, eyelids and eyebrows all become clearer and is starting to look like a newborn. The baby’s consciousness is growing every day, which is used to understand the world. It’ tongues has begun to form taste buds, and now baby can feel your touch by touching the face or sucking the thumb and feeling the rest of the body, watching them move.

The baby’s genitals continue to grow. For boys, the testicles have begun to move down from the abdomen; for girls, the uterus and ovaries are in place, the vagina begins to develop.

Changes in your body and life – Week 22 of Pregnancy 

Now you may still not feel anything, but soon you will notice abnormal contractions in the uterus in preparation for childbirth, which will not have any pain, called Braxton’s pseudo-contractions ( Hicks, also known as false contractions). You can feel the sense of contraction of the squeezed abdomen, please do not worry, this will not affect the baby in any way. However, if the contractions become more intense, painful, or more frequent, contact your doctor immediately as this may be a sign of premature birth.

What should I be aware of? – Week 22 of Pregnancy

During this time, your limbs will very wobbly and clumsy. The clumsiness during pregnancy is caused by loose joints and ligaments, or fluid retention. In addition, there is a lack of attention and forgetfulness during pregnancy, as well as a lack of flexibility due to Carpal tunnel syndrome.

Periodic maternity inspection

When pregnant, your panties will often appear with pink stains, which is normal from the 6th month onward. This is usually due to internal tests or sexual behavior that makes the cervix sensitive and sometimes unknown causes. Be sure to let your doctor know about this.

However, if there are any bleeding or spots of blood, tell your doctor in case there are more serious signs. If there is a lot of bleeding, or is accompanied by pain and discomfort, consult a doctor immediately. Your doctor will perform an ultrasound examination to confirm any medical problems.

What checks should I do?

So far, it has become a habit to find a doctor for regular maternity checkups. Although the exams may vary slightly depending on your specific needs, you will still see the following items in the physician’s checkup list:

  • Measure weight and blood pressure
  • Check for glucose and protein in urine
  • Check fetal heart rate
  • Measure the size of the uterus through external palpation (sensation from the outside) to understand how it relates to the expected date of delivery
  • Measure the height of the bottom position (top of the uterus)
  • Check for swollen hands and legs and varicose veins
  • Find out if you have and what you have abnormal symptoms
  • Please prepare a list of questions or issues you would like to discuss with your doctor

Health information during pregnancy

Can I eat honey during pregnancy? In theory, there is no reason to prohibit eating honey during pregnancy, spores in honey do not affect the fetus. It can be said that eating honey is safe. According to theory, honey may cause poisoning due to botulinum, so it is best to avoid eating raw honey as it is not pasteurized.

Pregnant women should not eat any food that is not pasteurized, as it may contain pathogenic microorganisms.

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