Feel it??? Is he kicking? Is he somersaulting? When you have reached your twenty-second week, you will be able to feel your baby even more. Now you really start experiencing its presence.
The cute little angel is just about 27cm from the head to toe now, which is around the size of a papaya and is still growing. Your placenta will also continue growing throughout your pregnancy, and it will provide nourishment for the little one.
And this is also the time when the baby’s gums start to produce tooth buds. It is all preparing itself for their first teeth which will come within a few months after birth.
The eyes of the baby will be formed by now. But they will lack pigment in their iris, and for that reason, they won’t have an eye colour yet.
The rest of their organs will continue to grow along with their pancreas producing necessary hormones. Moreover, their lungs also develop more rapidly, which will proceed in the following weeks.
As of now, your baby might be developing their own daily routines. They tend to form a pattern in their sleeping and waking. This routine need not be the same as yours. So, you need to be all prepared for getting some kicks and punches during the middle of the night or perhaps in the quiet mid-morning periods.
He/she is about the size of a spaghetti squash which is about 11 inches and almost 1 pound, and your baby is beginning to look like a miniature newborn. The eyelids, lips and eyebrows are becoming clearer, and the baby will be even developing tiny tooth buds under his gums. The eyes are also completely developed (the iris is not).
If you could take a peek inside your womb, you’d be able to find the fine hair, which is known as the lanugo, that covers his body and also the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he’ll don until he adds a filling of fat to stuff them in. Inside the stomach of the baby, it’s pancreas, which is required for the production of some major hormones, is developing firmly.
The baby will now be the size of a papaya, and its lungs will be growing rapidly, and they will start making a protein which is called as a surfactant. This protein will help the baby to breathe independently once he/she is born.
Baby’s Length: The baby will be about 10.94 inches in length.
Baby’s Weight: He/she would weigh nearly 15.17 oz.
Eyes: The eyes of the baby are developed even though the eyelids are fused shut, and the iris still lacks pigment.
Lips: The lips of your baby also become more distinct, and under her gum line grows the tiny tooth buds.
Skin: As of now, the skin of the baby may look wrinkled. But as and when she/he gains weight, it will get filled out.
Uterus: You may start growing stretch marks on your stomach as your abdomen grows to accommodate your expanding uterus. Moreover, your belly button may shortly “pop out” if it hasn’t already.
This is the time when you may find your tummy becoming a hand magnet. You don’t have to worry about the gaining weight even if someone tells you about that since all these are meant to happen during pregnancy and each woman grows and shows at her own pace.
The only important thing that you need to think about is that you need to see your doctor or perhaps your midwife for the regular appointments to make sure your baby’s development is on track. You may begin to find stretch marks on your stomach as it develops to accommodate your developing baby.
Around fifty percent of the pregnant women will develop stretch marks by the time the pregnancy gets over. These little streaks of differently textured skin can vary from pink to dark brown. It all depends on your skin colour. Although they most usually develop on your tummy, stretch marks may also show up on your thighs, buttocks, hips, and even breasts. There’s no evidence that lotion aids in preventing the stretch marks, but retaining your skin moisturised may help with any sort of itching.