Baby in 22nd Week of Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on January 17, 2012

A baby at 22 weeks pregnant, right in the middle of the second trimester, is well past the half way mark of the term of pregnancy. At nearly seven inches in length and weighing less than a pound, a woman often feels that my baby at 22 weeks pregnant is a perfect miniature baby, though it is thin as a reed and needs to put on weight. Mothers who undergo ultrasound tests often want to know how big is my baby at 22 weeks pregnant, but more than the size, they are amazed to see images of the unborn child moving its arms and legs, touching its body or sucking a thumb. By this time, the baby’s sense of touch...

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...is active, and the baby starts exploring its space in the womb. Though the size of baby at 22 weeks pregnant may be small, it can hear voices and sounds perfectly and even responds to music or noise. Researchers have reported that after birth, babies respond to voices and music that they had heard while they were a baby at 22 weeks pregnant, in the womb.

The internal organs in the body of a baby at 22 weeks pregnant, like the pancreas, liver, and intestines start functioning at this time and the bone marrow in the bones starts producing red blood cells. A baby at 22 weeks pregnant has its reproductive organs in place, with the testes descending into the scrotum from the abdomen in boys. In a girl baby at 22 weeks pregnant, the ovaries, with a lifetime’s supply of eggs, are in place, along with the uterus and the vagina.

The expectant mother with a baby at 22 weeks pregnant continues to put on weight as the baby grows. The weight of the baby at 22 weeks pregnant may be just a pound or less, but the mother may have gained around 15 pounds. Stretch marks appear on the mother’s belly, thighs, and breasts and may cause some itching. Moisturizers help to reduce itching and to keep the skin smooth. Back aches, leg cramps, and fatigue may be some of the problems faced thanks to the growing belly. What is fascinating about this stage of the pregnancy is the ability to feel the baby moving in the womb. A baby at 22 weeks pregnant movements can prompt fathers and other family members to ask to place a hand on the mother’s belly to feel the ‘kicks’.

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