Congrats! You’re about to complete the second trimester of pregnancy. You have probably noticed all the movement from the baby. Many women don’t notice any moment at all until right at 22 weeks pregnant.
The second trimester of pregnancy is the most pleasant one since your feeling more energized and the early symptoms have decreased significantly.
Brain and nervous system development:
The structural brain development has started to develop and it will continue until week 34. The baby is growing fat everyday which is vital for the development of the nervous system.
Sensory Organ Development:
At week 22, the baby has developed majority of his senses such as sight, hearing, taste buds, and touch. The baby now reacts to loud sounds.
Did you know also the baby already has developed sense of taste? During this week the baby touches his face and pulls on the umbilical cord.
Internal organ development:
The baby’s lungs, stomach, and liver are starting to develop. The baby’s liver is making red blood cells.
The baby now has fully developed their eyebrows and eyelashes by this week. The baby does not have any pigmentation during this week. The baby’s hair will appear white.
Also you’ll be able to see the eyes, cheeks, lips and nose of your baby. The baby skin is now opaque in week 22 because its developing fat.
The baby size is about 11 inches and almost 1 pound during week 22. He is about the size of a zucchini.
Your belly will continue to grow every week. It’s normal to have gained a couple of few extra pounds. Many women during week 22 experience their bellybutton sticking outward. The breasts are larger and the production of yellowish fluid called, Colostrum is noticeable.
At week 22, your doctor will perform the last fetal anomaly scan. The scan is normally performed during the second trimesters any where between weeks 18 and 22. The test will help assess the baby’s health and development.
There are many pregnancy signs and symptoms to watch during week 22. Here are the most common complains of pregnancy:
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