Early Update: 22 Weeks
So I got a little impatient waiting for tomorrow to roll around (my 22 week mark) so I went ahead and looked up all my info and decided to share it.
Our little girl is moving around like a champ a couple of times a day and I enjoy feeling her squirmies. Matter fact, she moving around right now! For those who have been asking, we’ll be working on our baby registry soon. Please don’t go crazy shopping yet, we’ve yet to make some big decisions!
How your baby’s growing:At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) [or a pound of coffee beans, not ground] and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. Her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and she’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath her gums. Her eyes have formed, but her irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers her body and the deep wrinkles on her skin, which she’ll sport until she adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside her belly, her pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.
Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby’s development.
How your life’s changing:At this point, you may find your belly becoming a hand magnet. It’s perfectly okay to tell folks who touch your tummy that you’d rather they didn’t. And if people are telling you that you look smaller or bigger than you should at this point, remember that each woman grows — and shows — at her own rate. What’s important is that you see your practitioner for regular visits so she can make sure your baby’s growth is on track.
You may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen as it expands to accommodate your growing baby. At least half of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks by the time they give birth. These small streaks of differently textured skin can range from pink to dark brown (depending on your skin color). Although they most commonly appear on your tummy, stretch marks may also show up on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts [amen, sister – this is one disturbing effect I’ve gotten to experience!]. There’s no proof that lotion helps prevent stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturized may help with any itching. [Cocoa butter and I are best friends!]