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The size of your baby at 22 weeks pregnant is between 9 and 11 inches long with a weight of 13 ounces to one pound. Your baby now has only 1 percent body fat, but he will start to put on layers of what’s called brown fat, which helps keep him warm. It's quite possible that you'll be feeling your baby’s movements this week. As your bump is becoming prominent, most people will be able to tell you’re pregnant, making pregnancy seem all the more real for you. If you're wondering how many months is 22 weeks pregnant, well, you’ve now entered about the fifth month of pregnancy. Here are more details on what you might experience this week.

22 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

These are some of the ways your baby develops around this week of pregnancy:

  • Baby fat. At this point, your baby 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 it is readily turned into energy, which creates heat.
  • Eyebrows form. Your baby now has visible eyebrows, and he can furrow them! These fine eyebrow hairs (like the hair on his head) don't contain any pigment yet, so they are pure white. The eyelids have also developed, but they'll stay fused shut for several more weeks.
  • Limbs are proportional. Now that your baby’s arms and legs are proportional (but not their final size), he's kicking, flexing, and clasping his hands.
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22 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

Here are some of the pregnancy symptoms you might be experiencing this week:

  • Baby movement. At around 22 weeks pregnant you’re likely to feel your baby moving for the first time – this is sometimes called quickening. It may not be kicks yet; instead, you might feel a slight fluttering, or even your baby’s tiny limbs “tapping” the inside of your belly.

  • Being pregnant feels more real now. Your belly has grown enough for you to really "feel" pregnant, and the rest of the world knows it, too. Despite the occasional aches and pains, this stage of pregnancy is fun! You're not yet so big that you struggle to tie your shoelaces. Your morning sickness has probably subsided, and your appetite is back. Enjoy this time!

FAQ at 22 Weeks

What causes the pelvic pain I sometimes feel?

Feeling some pelvic pain as the pregnancy progresses is quite common. Pregnancy hormones loosen your joints, so your pelvis can expand during childbirth. This increases your flexibility, but it can also cause some pain.

What are some stress-relief methods that actually work?

A certain amount of stress is inevitable during pregnancy. However, feeling extreme stress for prolonged periods of time can be harmful for both you and your baby. In your day-to-day life at home or at work, consider reducing stress by cutting back on working hours or by delegating tasks to others. There are additional stress-relief methods you can try. Add some gentle pregnancy exercise to your week; speak to someone you trust about your fears or anxieties; and try some relaxation techniques, such as taking a warm bath or meditating.

22 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

It’s better to start getting organized early, instead of leaving things to the last minute; that way, you can take your time. Start putting together a decorating and shopping plan for your baby's nursery and a list of other baby essentials you’ll need, like a car seat and a stroller.

The second trimester is a great time to take a “babymoon” with your partner, so consider going on a short vacation or weekend away soon.

If you happen to have a prenatal appointment this week, you can ask your healthcare provider what to do if you come down with a cold or the flu. There may be certain medications she recommends you avoid taking while pregnant.

If you’re 22 weeks pregnant with twins, then consider taking maternity leave early, as twins or multiples often arrive ahead of schedule. Consult with your provider, and take the time to discuss your plans with your employer.

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22 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

It’s better to start getting organized early, instead of leaving things to the last minute; that way, you can take your time. Start putting together a decorating and shopping plan for your baby's nursery and a list of other baby essentials you’ll need, like a car seat and a stroller.

The second trimester is a great time to take a “babymoon” with your partner, so consider going on a short vacation or weekend away soon.

If you happen to have a prenatal appointment this week, you can ask your healthcare provider what to do if you come down with a cold or the flu. There may be certain medications she recommends you avoid taking while pregnant.

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