22 weeks of embarrassment: baby development and changes in women
gestation week: 22 weeks
equals a month: end of 5th month
Equivalent to the days: 148 to 154 days of gestation
In the 22nd week of pregnancy, the development of the baby is marked by the development of the taste buds, which will be responsible for the sense of the baby’s taste after birth. The limbic system in the brain, responsible for feelings and emotions is also in development.
In this stage of pregnancy, the baby recognizes the light and darkness, because his eyes are well formed despite being covered by the parents.
During this week, the woman can feel her belly harder in some moments of the day, due to the contraction of the uterus that prepares the body for the future delivery. In addition, pelvic pain due to the growth of the uterus and the swelling in the legs and pies, and the dilated veins in the legs can continue.
In the 22nd week of pregnancy, the eyes of the baby are formed, but the iris, which is the part of the eye that gives color, continues to develop until birth. The cejas are already formed and the view is more developed, allowing the baby to perceive better the light and the dark, even with the children covering the eyes.
The baby is growing fast and consumes more calcium for healthy development, especially for babies and toddlers. The baby’s taste buds are also found in the development and feeding of the mother can influence the baby’s taste.
The brain continues to develop, forming complex networks of neurons and the limbic system, responsible for the control of emotions and feelings, is in full development.
In this phase of pregnancy, the baby moves more and more and suffers from the umbilical cord with more strength, and the sense of touch is more developed, because the woman perceives her movements more and more.
Baby size and weight
The size of the fetus at 22 weeks of gestation is around 19.2 centimeters, being equivalent to the size of a small papaya. The baby’s weight this week is approximately 476 g.
Changes in the woman’s body
In the 22nd week of the embarrassment, the uterus increases the height of the shoulder and the pelvic pain can continue due to the stretching of the ligaments and muscles of the pelvis to accommodate the growing baby.
In addition, you can have Braxton-Hicks contractions, also called training contractions, which are light and considered normal, since the muscles of the uterus can contract and relax regularly, making the abdomen harder at some times of the day, preparing uterus and pelvic tissue for future childbirth.
In this phase of pregnancy, due to the increase in the uterus, body weight and volume of blood circulating in the body, the symptoms of inflammation in the legs and feet, and the small dilated vessels in the legs, can continue.
Care during the 22nd week
In the 22nd week of pregnancy, some precautions are important to help alleviate the discomforts that may arise, such as:
- pelvic pain: maintain a good posture, avoid long periods of sitting or sitting, and changing the position to squat, can help to alleviate the discomfort. In addition, performing light stretches and gentle movements, practicing yoga or Pilates, whenever indicated by the doctor, help to strengthen the muscles to resist changes in the body during embarrassment. However, if the pain does not improve, or if there is a fever, contact the doctor immediately;
- Hinchazón en las piernas y pies: sit or lean with your feet at a high level, whenever possible and take at least 8 vases of water a day, to keep your body hydrated and help improve blood circulation. In addition, performing an exercise recommended by the doctor helps to improve circulation and reduce the discomfort of the hinchazón. However, if this situation does not improve, suddenly there is swelling in the hands and on the face, medical help should be sought immediately, as it may be a sign of preclampsia. Learn more about preclampsia and how treatment is performed;
- Dilated blood vessels in the legs: move whenever the legs are possible, avoid remaining seated or leaning over and not crossing the legs while sitting, helps to improve blood circulation and prevent the manifestation of dilated blood vessels;
- Braxton-Hicks contractions: movi el cuerpo o hacer ejercicio recommended by the doctor helps to alleviate the discomfort of the contractions. However, if the contraction is very strong, very often it is accompanied by other symptoms such as pain in the back, vaginal bleeding or liquid flow, immediate medical help should be sought, as the woman may have entered labor. See how to identify the signs of childbirth work.
It is important to follow the medical recommendations, to take supplements recommended by the obstetrician and to have a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables and fresh vegetables, as well as foods rich in calcium such as yogurt or broccoli, for example, for the good development of the teeth and baby hugs. Find out more about food in the embarazo.
In addition, you should practice physical activities guided by a doctor, such as swimming, hydrogymnasia or walking, to strengthen the muscles and control the weight gain during embarrassment.
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