Lots of new developments this week. Your baby has eyebrows and eyelids and is busy exercising those arms and legs. Get more details on pregnancy week 22.
Your Baby at 22 Weeks Pregnant
Brow know-how. Your baby can now furrow actual eyebrows! These fine hairs are pure white since they don't contain any pigment yet. His eyelids have developed too, although they'll stay fused shut until about 28 weeks.
Inside workout. Now that his arms and legs are proportional (but not their final size), he's kicking, flexing, and clasping his hands. Little fingernails now completely cover his fingertips — and they keep growing. In fact, you may need to trim your baby's nails right after birth so that he doesn't scratch himself.
Prepare for padding. Even though your baby measures more than 9.5 inches now, he still doesn't weigh much — about 13 ounces. At this point, he has only 1 percent body fat. But from here on out, he'll be adding layers of fat, which will help him to produce and retain body heat. Your little one's fat is a lot like the kind you're putting on during pregnancy. It's called brown fat and is readily turned into energy to keep both of you on an even keel.
Your Pregnancy at 22 Weeks
Feeling it. Despite the occasional aches and pains, this stage of pregnancy is fun! Your belly has grown enough for you to really "feel" pregnant, and the rest of the world knows it too. But you're not so big yet that you have trouble getting out of a chair or tying your shoes. Your morning sickness has probably ended, and your appetite's back, perhaps with a vengeance. Enjoy this time.
Under the weather. If you come down with a cold or flu, the first thing you should do is let your healthcare provider know. Don't take any over-the-counter medications unless your doctor or midwife gives you the go-ahead. To encourage a speedy recovery, be sure to drink extra fluids, and try to eat regularly.