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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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lissie**** - 13 days ago
have they had any ideas that will help? Nerve pain is horrible!

aksnods - 17 days ago
Have pinched nerves in my hip. Hurts a loan can hardly walk

jojo - 25 days ago
22 weeks :) :)

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 26 days ago
Hello lovelys hope ur all well. Just popping in to see how everyone is...Matoks has been missing for a while hope shes ok?!! Bonita enjoy ur reveal on Friday, I bet ur having a brill time with ur family. I've had a couple of thru the nite leg cramps but nothing major, I find standing on the cold floor usually helps. As for me just plodding on. My anti sickness tablets r really helping and I feel like the antibiotics have done the I just need baba to put some weight on :o) Keep smiling girls xx.

jojo - 27 days ago
Aww bonita hun I'm so pleased to hear what a fab time your having being well looked after by your amazing family.. enjoy Friday it will be great fun for you to do the reveal all over again. With you on the leg cramps. I too have also had them on previous babies but have learnt if you jump up and stamp your foot on the floor the cramp stops.. works wonders lol

aksnods - 27 days ago
Drink more water and then make sure u do leg stretches every night.

bonitadiane - 27 days ago
Oh... Anyone else getting leg cramps??? Ouuuuuccchhhh painful. Been getting them every morning for the past 3 days. Don't miss these!!!!

bonitadiane - 27 days ago
Hello ladies!!! YEAH on awesome news JoJo!!! You must be so relieved and excited. What a blessing. I'm happy this should put your mind at ease. :) Twinny so so happy you appear to be feeling better. Fingers crossed it gets better and better with each passing day. Ladies I'm having a blasssst. I feel on top of the world. I love so much having my family here. Feeling pretty blessed and thankful these days. Taking it all in too. Today I got to sleep in till 10am can u believe it??? I honestly can't remember the last time I slept that late. My sister came in my room as soon as she heard the baby. And took her downstairs. She had taken all little ones for a morning walk. It was soooo nice and quiet. Awww heaven. Mind you I've been staying up late with her chit chatting and drinking tea. I love it. But I'm sooo exhausted. This boy us sucking the energy out of me. My second reveal is Friday. On our 4th of a July party. I'm pretty excited about it. The godmother (my hubby's sister) asked to make the reveal box. I agreed. She said I am going to love it. I'll have to take a pic to show u ladies. Can you ladies believe today I'm 23 weeks. Wooozers. This pregnancy is zooming by. Doesn't help I feel so great and even forget I'm Speak to u ladies soon.:)

jojo - 27 days ago
Aww hun that's fab news on both counts.. bet you feel like eating the shop now haha have whatever you fancy hun you so deserve it.. I'm sure your little Kacy will enjoy the treat :) hope to hear from bonita soon can imagine how she's enjoying family time bet they are spoiling her

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 27 days ago
Thanx for asking chick. I'm on the antibiotics til thursday but the pain in my right side has practically gone so i'm assuming good for that, and my sickness.....OMG!! I've eaten more since saturday than I have in about 3wks!! Haha :o) ....lets hope just in time for baby Kacys growth spurt :op hehe....oooh I love it when things r going well for us all!!! Wonder how Bonita is getting on with her house guests and second reveal...oooh xx ?

jojo - 28 days ago
Definitely hun.. I'm going to savour and enjoy every minute from now on :-).. how's your infection and sickness? ? xx

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 28 days ago
Oh Jojo that is absolutely fantastic news I am thrilled for u hun. Thankfully it will all put ur mind at ease now and u can relax.and start to enjoy ur pregnancy :o) Well done baby Jojo xx

jojo - 28 days ago
Can't believe it's Monday already. . Where did the weekend go? Lol just had THE best phonecall 3 days ahead of schedule. . Nifty results are in - NEGATIVE.. and the bloods have also said girl.. I can not find the words to say how blessed and relieved I feel right now.. so excited to meet my little girl.. hope you ladies have had a fab weekend xxx

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 30 days ago
Good morning girls. Thanks for ur supportive messages, tried to have a relaxing day yesterday for ave got 3 of whom is goin thru the terrible teens agef 4!! Haha so wasnt very relaxing but I do feel abit better today. If i've got the diabetes on the next test I wont get to full term anyway...and if I havent, she will arrive when shes ready I guess! Bonita ur measuring 5 days ahead did they change ur due date earlier? I was ahead in both previous pregnancys and they didnt move me forward. I'm on day 3 of the anti sickness tabs so fingers crossed they r kicking in and i'll get some good appetite back and she will have a growth spurt. I'm being scnaned again on 8th August so hopefully between now and then she'll become a little pudding haha Have a good weekend my girls. Thanks again and both of u take it easy and look after those ankles :o) xx

bonitadiane - 30 days ago
Awwee Twinny don't be so hard on yourself. To be honest at this point I wish I was told I'm measuring smaller. I was told I'm measuring 5 days ahead. Not good bc I'm praying, hoping to have another Vbac. I feel if baby is big this maybe a problem. And I may have a csection. I try not to overthink it. But it's in my head. Just try and rest up so you can feel good and gain some appetite. With girls I was sooo sick but only ate healthy snacks. Fruit, veggies, almonds, crackers and cheese. I are very little meals more often. And took vitamins everyday. Think about yourself ... Baby will be great so long as mommy takes care of herself and makes herself feel good the best she can. And don't over think what is told. I agree with hubby... Baby is growing and developing great... Don't stress her size. I never understood how they can throw you back or fourth days. Very strange. Nothing beats the body!!!! Not even technology OR doctors. You know your body best. Chin up babe. Hope you have a great and restful weekend. Praying that the infection clears too. JoJo .. My ankles are a lot better today. I over did it yesterday. I'm really hoping to not experience that again. I'm totally enjoying my company. Praying this week goes nice and slow!!!

jojo - 31 days ago
Bonita I feel your pain.. I too am starting to suffer with swollen ankles and water retention on tops of my legs.. not good in warm weather.. have a super amazing time with your family try to take it a bit easier now that your house is sparkling :) twinny hope your infection clears up soon and don't worry about the date change, they did the same to me after my 20wk scan with my second pregnancy and I've never suffered with sickness. . They changed it from 15th to 20th March but she came on her own on 16th lol fingers crossed you get a break from it now you have some anti sickness tablets.. I'm suffering a bit today with my asthma, feeling very breathless atm :( roll on 4.30pm..

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 31 days ago
Good morning girls. Doctors and midwife apmts where abit nurgh. I have a kidney infection so have been put on antibiotics. Doc also gave me anti sickness tablets as i've lost 21lb. Using my scan results last week the midwife has changed my due date to 03 November coz baba was measuring smaller. She said it cud b something to do with my loosing weight/vomitting so I kinda feel like abit of a failure at the moment coz i'm not giving baba what she needs to grow :o( Hubby toldme off when I came home for being upset, like he said she is developing as she should be if not just a little bit smaller. I know there's nothing I can do as I literally have no appetite..this happens to me every pregnancy but i've never had my date changed..well, besides going early! I'm off work today on a days rest - if I dont feel any better by tuesday doc has booked me a follow up apmt to go to so fingers crossed the tabs clear the infection. I'm not changing my due date on here as this date is going off my last period which is originally how they date u but I guess i'm only 21wks and 4 days instead of 22wks and 1day. The only plus to this change of due date is i'm closer to a Bonfire night baby than a Halloween baby haha Hope u girls r all ok. Big hugs to u all xx Bonita, get odf those swollen ankles!!!! Xx

bonitadiane - 31 days ago
Oh, and first time EVER experiencing swollen feet. Ouccchhhh. Totally over did it.

bonitadiane - 31 days ago
Ladies... I AM exhauuuusssstttteeeddd. I have been on my feet ALL day cleaning. Because family is arriving today I wanted air condition units in windows. Well. I hadn't cleaned my windows in spring. I really thought I'd be able to ignore my OCD on this matter and skip it this year. BUT nope. I told myself I'll just clean the windows that will get the AC'/. Well, I ended up cleaning them all. Plus cleaning house, plus FINALLY cleaning girls room and switching out clothes. I literally just stopped around 9pm. Felt so bad bc I neglected the beauties all day.:(((( hate that!!!! I will say I love how clean my house feels right at this moment. I think I may have early Twinny how did the appointments go? It's 12:25 am and I'm so done with this day. I'm expecting family to ring my doorbell any minute now. I'm SO excited!!! Ladies, I'll try and check in. :)

jojo - 32 days ago
Congrats all on week 22.. week 21 for me today :) good luck twinny with both your doctors and midwife appointments.. hope he gives you something for the sickness hun.. enjoy having your family to stay bonita xxx

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 32 days ago
Well helloooooo week 22!! How lovely to see u :o) Hope u girls r doing well today. Am sitting in the doctors waiting to be seen, guna ask for anti sickness tablets coz i'm still vomitting and its making me blurgh. Then I have a midwife apmt so hope to get to hear babas heart beat again :o) xx

matoks - 34 days ago
Hello,week22 mommas,hope u all doing gr8.

bonitadiane - 34 days ago
Helloooo 22 weeks. Feeling some great movement these days. Lovin' it!!!!

jenn80 - 36 days ago
Hi ladies! I'm 22 weeks today. I've been checking in weekly since 5 weeks, just haven't posted anything. When I was pregnant with my daughter(she's 2 now), we formed a private group on facebook. It just seemed easier to communicate and share information. Would anyone be interested in joining if I were to start a group for October 2014 babies? It would be private and no one but us could see our posts. With my daughter's group, we are all still very close and talk daily.

glowingwith2 - 40 days ago
Wow, Afshanm, That is an excellent deal!!! Krysta, I'm nesting big time!! Between starting to get baby's room in order, and starting to map out all the work to finish before maternity leave, It's safe to say nesting is in full swing for me. My daughter arrived a month early, so I want to have everything in order by the start of September. I don't want any surprises this time! Just my luck baby will come late and it will be closer to November! LOL

afshanm07 - 40 days ago
That sounds good glowingwith2. The crib i got was when i was preggo with my 4th child in 2011 i bought it from toysrus on black friday for 150 plus tax it was delta brown oak color. The only thing was that it was a diaper changer was free with crib purchase. I think it was a good deal lol

afshanm07 - 40 days ago
Week 22 here hows every 1 else feeling now

krystasappleseed - 41 days ago
Glowingwith2, sounds like we have the same dd. U must be nesting like crazy. Has anyone had an luck with remedies for sciatic pain. Baby likes to kick and face my back. Over half way there ;)

glowingwith2 - 41 days ago
Off to 23 weeks tomorrow. I finally found a crib I like in gray. The dresser/change table is currently out of stock, but I'm just going to stalk it online until I can get the matching set. I'm so excited to get the crib! I can't wait to get the bedding. I found some I like at Bed Bath and Beyond. My mom thinks I should put it on my baby registry. I think I'm too anxious and want it NOW! LOL! Hope everyone is doing well! x

glowingwith2 - 42 days ago
Finally after 3 weeks of weight gain over the weekends, I managed to not put on any weight this past weekend! woohoo!! I'm starting to feel a lot bigger. Dylan's kicks are getting strong enough to make my belly jump. I can't wait to see his little body rolling around in there. We started to pack yesterday. It's a good thing we are moving before I get too large. After filling 4 boxes, I was totally exhausted! I think I might take a day off on Friday so I can get the house packed without my daughter there. She likes to 'rediscover' things as I am boxing stuff up.

blondeabby - 43 days ago
22 Weeks!!!! Feeling really uncomfortable:(

Madelmar17 - 44 days ago
Glowingwith2 that's so sweet! It is always so exciting when we get to see our little bundle. My munchkin has been kicking a lot lately which is always reassuring and magical. My oldest has been able to feel a couple of the kicks and he says the baby is dancing in there... oh the joys of this stage of pregnancy. Hope everybody else is feeling great!

glowingwith2 - 44 days ago
I got to see my baby boy today! He was in a much better position for the anatomy scan. He's now breach whereas two weeks ago his head was down really low. The ultrasound tech was able to get some good 3D/4D shots for me. His little face was so sweet! He has big lips from what I can tell... much different than my daughters mouth was in the 4D scans. I'm hoping little man comes out looking like me. :) So in love!!

glowingwith2 - 45 days ago
I'm happy to hear you made the most of the trade show! I bet it was fun to hear all the comments. As for Baby names, we love the name Dylan but are having trouble with the middle name. Anthony is the closest we have come to reaching a decision on a middle name. We will have to see what else we can think of. To be honest though, I think I had more trouble coming up with my daughters name. I'm feeling pretty comfortable that we will settle on something we love soon.

Madelmar17 - 46 days ago
Totally agree! not looking forward for sausage toes!!! as if nothing else was getting bigger already LOL. Today is the last day at the show and I hope it goes by quickly! On the fun side I have had a few people guessing at the baby's gender based on belly shape, my precious two gender vs their birth month and my age and a ton of funny things to hear, is curious to learn what people believe... I think I should start a pool at the office... We finally agreed on a girls name but nowhere close to agree on a boys name so I'm feeling the pressure! How are you guys doing with names?

glowingwith2 - 47 days ago
Yay 22 Weeks!! I agree that time is flying by! Madelmar, 3 days on your feet does not sound like fun. Hopefully there is somewhere you can sit if you need to take some of the pressure off. Last weekend my feet got really tingly at the end of the day for standing too long. I could tell they were starting to swell... not looking forward to getting sausage toes! LOL

Madelmar17 - 48 days ago
22 weeks today. Time is just flying by. Now I have ahead a three day industry expo with the company I work for, which means three days in a row working in my feet. Not looking forward to it :( Other than that feeling good and anxious for my dr appointment on July 2nd. Hope you ladies are doing great!!

msjenn727 - 52 days ago
Since i will be delivering at a new hospital this time around, i think i will schedule a tour maybe next month or August. Due to me being high risk i have to deliver about 45 mins away from home. I was use to a 10-15 min drive with my others. My dr's office is also 45 mins away, around the corner from the hospital.

inkdoll - 52 days ago
Yay for dr visits... I enjoy the easing sound of the little heart beat as well :) My next visit is on Wednesday the 11th.... but its just with the nurse and then next one after that I see a different dr then ill finally see my dr again in august

mammaramirez - 52 days ago
inkdoll - I'm pretty much in agreement with all of your statement lol... msjenn - always a good sound to hear :) I don't go back to the doctor until the 19th.

inkdoll - 52 days ago
I need a NAP that is all.... also dislike the days Cooper doesn't move much and hides towards the back... HAPPY FRIDAY GIRLS

msjenn727 - 52 days ago
mamma- just my monthly check-up, i love hearing his heartbeat!

mammaramirez - 52 days ago
monica - I love those baby kicks! Most reassuring part of this whole ordeal is feeling our little ones dancing around

Monica28 - 52 days ago
my baby is active he kicks me all day....

mammaramirez - 52 days ago
Another ultrasound msjenn or just a check up?

msjenn727 - 53 days ago
Patiently awaiting my dr's appointment this upcoming Tuesday morning to check on baby Jeremiah!

Monica28 - 55 days ago
Happy 22 weeks to me today!!!

msjenn727 - 55 days ago
Thanks hun I am soo excited!

mammaramirez - 55 days ago
msjenn - that's awesome!! Congrats to your friend :) What a blessing

msjenn727 - 55 days ago
I won't be in this week until tomorrow, i just like to follow the conversations lol, but I am so happy today. My best friend went into labor this morning. She is now 5 cm dilated! I'm so excited. This is her first child and has been trying for so long, enduring miscarriage after miscarriage. I'm so proud of her!

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