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You are 22 weeks pregnant.

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Your baby's crown-to-rump length is approximately 7.6 inches and your growing baby weighs about 12.25 ounces now! Your uterus is about 2 cm above your bellybutton and you probably feel comfortably pregnant. Your growing tummy is not yet large enough to get in the way and you should still be able to bend over and sit without much trouble. You might be enjoying your pregnancy more than ever at this point if morning sickness was an issue in the early weeks.

Your baby's body continues to grow and develop every day. The organ systems in your baby's body are becoming specialized for their particular functions. The fetal liver produces different enzymes than it will produce after delivery. The liver is responsible for breaking down billirubin, which is produced by the breaking down of blood cells. Because the life span of a fetal red blood cell is shorter than that of an adult, a fetus produces more billirubin than adults do. Billirubin passes from fetal blood to the placenta and then into your blood. Your liver helps get rid of fetal billirubin. A newborn baby that has high levels of billirubin may show signs of jaundice. Jaundiced babies have a yellowish tint to their eyes and skin and are often treated with phototherapy.

Your baby's senses are developing daily. The fetus now has a full complement of neurons in the brain and is learning about her body and surroundings through touch. Touch is one of the first senses to mature and your baby may stroke its face or feel her arms and legs.

Your blood volume has increased more to meet the demands of your pregnancy. Most of the increase is in the form of plasma, the liquid part of your blood. This has the ability to dilute your blood and give you physiological anemia, which occurs during pregnancy. The measure of blood dilution is called Hematocrit and the levels reach their lowest points this week. You should check with your doctor to make sure you are not developing more serious forms of anemia.

Your baby now shows an extremely rapid brain growth (which lasts until five years after birth).

The ovaries of female fetuses contain primitive egg cells, all of the eggs a woman will have for her entire life. The uterus of female fetuses is also fully formed.

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funtimemum80 - 2.2 hours ago
That's interesting, we have bloods drawn around 12-13 weeks here which is tested for the same thing, they compare the results with baby's measurements from 1st scan ( done at same time ) the odds on abnormalities arrive in the post about 2 weeks later, but gender is never revealed, funny how they can find out gender via mums blood!

lil.pigz - 5.1 hours ago
funtimemum80- It's new to me this pregnancy too,lol. It is a simple blood test that checks for downs, trisomy 18 and 13. I didn't need it, my u/s and quad screen were normal but the jerk MFM specialist was trying to get me to do that unecessary amnio anyway and I would only agree to this test to shut him up,lol. Plus side is it also shows gender;)

funtimemum80 - 8.3 hours ago
Hey lil, at least ur getting confirmation, I have no idea what a harmony test is btw

lil.pigz - 10.8 hours ago
22 weeks today:) Not much new, just waiting on Harmony results, mainly just for gender confirmation purposes,lol. U/S said girl, but only for lack of seeing male parts, not because female parts were clearly identified.

funtimemum80 - 17.3 hours ago
Lovin, my gosh that sounds awful, because of the broken collar bone will they offer a section?

lovinlivin - 23.9 hours ago
funtimemum80 -Yes. That is the same thing. I have it this time also. It was a very painful labor. My son came out non-breathing with a broken collar bone and I hemmoraged afterwards. I am so nervous this time after that experience too. ;/

funtimemum80 - 1 days ago
My 5th was back to back then born breech, that was too painful

funtimemum80 - 1 days ago
Hi lovin, my 3rd baby was born back to back, is that the same as Sunnyside up? The delivery meant her back faced mine when it should be their back faces my front, her placenta was also anterior and it was huge!! I have anterior placenta this time and I'm worried il have another Labour like hers as it was long and she was difficult to push out

lovinlivin - 2 days ago
U/S today. :) We don't want to know the gender. Wow was that hard to decline when asked. Healthy baby! YAY! I do have an anterior placenta which is why I don't feel strong kicks or movement. i had one last time also which resulted in a 'sunny side up' baby. That + a big baby made my delivery quite complex. The baby is also breech. They said he/she has plenty of time to turn around. I sure hope so! I have never had any of my other three be breech at this stage of my pregnancy. They have all been head down. Anyone else have this experience?

lovinlivin - 2 days ago
funtime-I am always alone in here too. :) Stay and chat with me!

funtimemum80 - 4 days ago
In week 22 on my lonesome again, May have to go back a few weeks for some Convo : (

ira456 - 6 days ago
My first baby measured small and they had to push my due date back. He was still a week overdue and finally had to be induced. Healthy baby though. No issues, just needed more time in the womb. However he cane out a good size at 8lbs 4oz

susieq2582 - 6 days ago
I am so glad they reassured you that it isn't a large concern as my research shows that lots of healthy babies have calcifications that don't cause them any problems. As for size, I wouldn't put too much worry there either as long as she doesn't stop growing all together. Sue in week 23 always has small babies.

JDH - 7 days ago
Thank you Susie! Prayers are powerful :) My husband and I have been praying and talking it over and decided that we would like to wait to do any more tests/ultrasounds. My doctor's nurse called me today and reassured me that my doctor is just being super cautious and he doesn't mind that I don't want to do the level 2 ultrasound right now. She said that if he thought there was a problem, it wouldn't be an option and he would make me go. I told them I appreciate them letting me wait and wanted them to know I don't think I'm a 'know it all'! She told me that the couple of things they want to watch are NOT a big deal as of now, so there is NO need to be concerned. She didn't even mention Down Syndrome. You never say that you hope your child has down syndrome, but every child is beautiful and a creation of God, so of course if I ever do have a child with Downs or any other disability they would be loved as much as any child without. Last thing, my baby girl is measuring about a week behind. That's one of the things they are watching. They say that she could just be small. Anyone else have experience with this??

susieq2582 - 7 days ago
JDH - great news about the placenta. I will start praying that the calcification is nothing serious, and not an indication of downs.

JDH - 8 days ago
Will I EVER catch a break with this pregnancy?! Now they called and said the baby has a small calcification on her heart and is still measuring a week behind. After each thing they say is wrong they also tell me that it's very common. Now I read that the calcification is common in babies with downs. My dcotir wants me to go to a bigger hospital for a level 2 ultrasound. I'm tired of this! I just want a stress free pregnancy!

JDH - 8 days ago
We got great news from our ultrasound yesterday! The placenta is completely out of the way! I am so excited! We have been praying that it would resolve itself and it finally did! Hopefully now I can go back to normal appointments and won't have to pay for anymore ultrasounds. Not that I don't like seeing my baby, but it's been expensive. And my husband is excited that we can have sex again! :)

lila2cute:-) - 9 days ago
Hello everyone :) I'm so excited to say that baby movement is in full swing and that his little random kicks throughout the day are nice reminders that I'm creating a miracle inside of my belly <3 I hope everyone else is enjoying this time <3

Sue23 - 9 days ago
JDH I feel hungry all the time to its not a nice feeling it sets my heart burn off then i have to eat i stick to fruit but its really not helping now its nice u can take kiddies to ultrasound i wanted my kids to go but they rnt allowed in

JDH - 9 days ago
I'm having a hard time getting my husband to give me a massage! I WOULD LOVE a chair! :) I finally got the old layers of wallpaper off in the baby room, and we have been working on getting the closet and the room itself cleared out. It has become a storage room since we moved a year ago. We are brainstorming what to do with the ceiling. We want to do something cool like old barn wood. It all depends on how motivated my husband is :) On another note, I am always hungry and am worried about gaining too much weight. I've been trying to be careful and watch what I eat. I really don't want to gain too much because I know with each pregnancy it gets harder to take the weight off afterwards. We are taking our oldest son with us for our ultrasound today. He can't wait to see the baby on the computer again! He is going to be such a great big brother again. Our 2 year old will probably be super jealous.

susieq2582 - 10 days ago
More on the massage chair itself. I am jealous...I usually can't use those because I am shorter than the average person, so the spots the chair massages usually end up pinching a nerve in my back. GRRR!!

ira456 - 10 days ago
Honestly I hate the vibration feeling. I would turn that part off and use only the actual message part. I looked it up and it is safe for pregnancies. I just hope my tail bone starts to feel better from it.

susieq2582 - 10 days ago
I doubt there would be any impact on the baby. Your body does an excellent job of protecting the baby in the womb. We have a boat that we take out on the lake in the summer, and my doctor says there is no issue with that. We have to remember that back in the day women used to work in the fields up until the baby was born. Some would have the baby, put it in a basket and finish the days work. However, I am one of those pregnant people who tries to still be myself during pregnancy. I moved couches back into my house from the garage yesterday. The good thing is, I have never had any real complications with my pregnancies, so I have been lucky.

ira456 - 10 days ago
Hmm, I never thought of that. It has different settings. I would only use the lowest. And im not sure sue, I haven't quite seen it yet.

casanova - 10 days ago
I'm always scared on using any type of massage machines during pregnancies. I don't know if it is harmful for the baby so I try to stay away from them. Even when I have gone to get a pedicure done I tell them not to turn on the chair massager.

Sue23 - 11 days ago
like a leather recliner chair that vibrates??

ira456 - 11 days ago
Oh ok. Has anyone tried one of those fancy message chairs that you usually see at trade shows? What do you think of them? My husband just bought one and we're nervous about spending a lot of money on a fancy chair but ive been so sore during my pregnancies and he has hip problems. We are hoping this will help and he got a good deal off of a used one. I haven't tried it yet since he's out of town but he should be home tonight or tomorrow.

casanova - 11 days ago
Ira- I am a federal employee. so my work schedule varies

Sue23 - 11 days ago
meggied if u lost that much b4 pregnancy ur bound to pile the wwieght back on if u lost wieght slowly and exercised it wont make much difference ud just add a little extra on but be able to loose it if u lost it really quickly and extreame u tend to put it on really quickly plus extra so u really rnt doing to bad at all be proud i think i need to loose about 60pounds once ive had baby

ira456 - 11 days ago
I don't even like standing on the scale anymore. I think ive gained 25 pounds so far. Hey Casanova, im curious, what do you do for a living?

meggied - 11 days ago
Well, Im not having trouble gaining weight. Ive gained a whopping 33 pounds! I had been on a strict diet before I got pg. Had lost around 100 pounds so I guess when I started eating 'normal', My body freaked.

casanova - 11 days ago
another day another dollar, back at work... its a rainy day, wish I were home

Sue23 - 11 days ago
Im very anxious about delivery I had 2 good ones I can imagine it being the worst one

casanova - 12 days ago
I was so worried last pregnancy that I didn't want to gain more than 30 pounds which I didn't, but I put all that worry into the pregnancy. this time around I have not cared, I am enjoying being pregnant and just eating my usual portions and not over eating. I have gained a total of 4 pounds which I think is ok because last pregnancy by this time I had already gained at least 15 pounds. I had a good delivery last time that I guess I am not worried about this one. I hope my delivery is as easy and painless as my last, but like they say 'every pregnancy is different.' and it sure is!!!

Sue23 - 12 days ago
my issue is putting wieght on after baby is born i put 3 stone on with first afterwards and 2stone with 2nd and never lost it appart from 1 stone

Sue23 - 12 days ago
im not worried as i lost wieght with both my first 2 and maybe gainned 6 lb on original wieght this time i aint wieghed my self till 2 week ago and was the same wieght as i was pre pregnancy so may of lost some and gainned some or just not gained yet i need to put little as possible on thou and i still think this baby will be the biggest id have mine was only 5 pounders thou but they were very healthy

ira456 - 12 days ago
Sue- im sure you'll start gaining soon. Ive heard about some ppl even losing weight while they're pregnant. I think im gaining too much but im trying to stay active and eat healthy so I guess my body will just do what it needs to do. I gained 45lbs with my last one but was able to loose all but the last 2 lbs after maybe 6 months?? Maybe i just carry a lot of water?

ira456 - 12 days ago
Casanova- I do get sharp pains in my abdomen but its usually triggered when Im driving for long periods. Sometimes they are so bad I have to lay down and can't move for a little while.

Sue23 - 12 days ago
i go for my scan on 14th i think it is which is to check for growth which should be ok as it usually starts at 28 weeks when baby dont grow properly then midwife week after

Sue23 - 12 days ago
thank you to u all i find my anxiety gets worse with each child this is the worst but i think its cos i know whats gonna happen labour etc and ive more health problems i think i think more negitive so if things do happen i will proberly deal with things better kind of knowing it was gonna happen if that makes sence im kinda scared to think positive thou i need to really ..i havnt put any wieght on yet ive got a bump bigger then my previous pregnancies just no wieght gain im not worried as ive always been like that and for some reason this baby feels bigger then my others so even if baby is small i think baby is gonna beat my other 2 kiddies wieght

vickiessecret - 12 days ago
6 more days until my next ultrasound, it's the fetal echo & to get a better look at the babies spine, he wasn't cooperating so well last time..

casanova - 12 days ago
my next drs appt is this Wednesday so I get to hear my baby's heartbeat. I don't have another ultra sound until june. hope everything is well with my cervix. do any of you have sharp pain on your lower abdomen area when you are being intimate with your significant other? I get these sharp pains that I want to stop because it really hurts.

ira456 - 12 days ago
Im glad things got a bit better for you casanova. I was really hoping they would. Lets hope it continues. I have some close friends that just went through divorces and their kids as miserable because of it. But sometimes its for the best. Sue thats too bad about the miscarriages. I started off worried about my baby but I feel confident now that things will be ok. She moves around a lot and im trying to stay healthy. My older kids are so excited for her arrival!

casanova - 12 days ago
JDH- I like what you said at the end of your comment. Let's just pray that those bad things do not happen to our babies. Today seems to be a happier day. Yesterday my husband and I sat down and talked things over. We decided that we both wanted our families and we still both love each other. God willing we will be able to confront any new obstacle in the way and leave all the anger and pain in the past. I should be in week 23 today but I know most of you ladies wont be transferring over until at least Monday. So I don't want to be talking to myself!! LOL!!!

JDH - 12 days ago
Sue, i've been having lots of anxiety as well. With this being my 3rd, I didn't think i'd be worried aboutanything, but for some weird reason, I AM! I feel like I haven't gained enough weight, I feel like the baby is too small,etc. The list goes on! It's almost like this is my 1st! I think about all the crazy things that COULD go wrong. It's so easy to get sucked into those negative thoughts, and I just pray against them. God has it under control. Bad things do happen, but that doesn't mean they will happen to you.

Sue23 - 13 days ago
other then that i have a big baby this time i think and or just very active within seconds id have a movement from just above pubic dont to above belly button and near my right rib well abit under it but there all spread out but happening all together ive never had a big baby

Sue23 - 13 days ago
i feel so bad for them for loosing there babies but it dont stop me thinking somet bad will happen to mine but im grateful for my baby being strong and healthy we all have strong little babies the woman whos just lost hers i was talking to her the other week about midwifes cos she didnt have much care she used her friends doppler and movements to make sure all was well the nhs (health care system) let her down her midwife kept changing appointments its so easy for something to go wrong

casanova - 13 days ago
WOW SUE, that must be tough. I am amazed by how strong my daughter has been. still hanging in there after so much trauma. she's going to be a fighter!! im blessed to still have her

Sue23 - 13 days ago
ok im getting more anxious each day about my pregnancy every pregnancy of people who i know have passed away by misscarrage one when i was 13 weeks and she lost ur baby at 11 weeks and another this last week who was induced today and gave birth at 21 weeks just a week behind me i know these things happen and i know theres nothing we can do but its heart breaking and u wounder whats gonna happen in ur own pregnancy

casanova - 13 days ago
thank you ladies for your support. I am still very indecisive since this is a decision that will not only impact myself but my children as well. but on a better note, I have been feeling my baby girl kicking a lot today. her kicks make me smile and brightens my day.

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