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Welcome to Week 22

While you are still comfortable, and your baby bump hasn’t grown large enough to hinder your movements, you may want to take time out to meditate and relax. Remember to enjoy this phase of your pregnancy!

Update on Your Body

Your uterus is about 0.75 inches above your navel. Your baby has probably begun to move much more often and you might feel the movements more distinctly too. You may begin to experience cramps in your legs, especially at nighttime. You may feel more anxious or experience mood swings. The urinary tract and skin changes that began last week are likely to continue through this week and the weeks that follow.

Update on Your Baby

Your baby is still small. Yet, he or she already looks like a newborn baby. The next 18 weeks will see considerable development in your baby. The skin still appears wrinkled, but will fill out once your baby gains weight. The lips are distinct and the eyes have formed completely, although its coloured parts still lack pigment. The pancreas is maturing too, and the eyelids and eyebrows have taken their final position.

Your Baby’s Size

10.9 inches, or the size of a coconut.

Tips for an Expectant Mom

Dos

If you experience cramps or sudden pain in your legs at night, know that this is normal during pregnancy. Stretch your legs and toes so that they point towards your body and rub the affected muscles whenever you experience cramps. Try to exercise your feet daily and increase your calcium and potassium intake to reduce such cramping episodes. Coconut water, bananas, oranges and grapes are some potassium-rich foods that you may want to have regularly.Learn to relax your mind and body through yoga and meditation. Such techniques will soothe your nerves, calm your mind and relax your muscles, in addition to producing a calming and positive effect on your baby.Plan your home to make space for your baby. You may not have enough time to organise things once your bundle of joy is here. Use this time well.

Tips for an Expectant Dad

Dos

Take the lead in de-cluttering, planning and organising your home for your soon-to-arrive baby.Spend as much time as you can with your partner. Once your little munchkin has arrived, finding one-on-one time with her will prove to be a challenge.

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