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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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beckym - 13 days ago
Is anyone else still getting spotting after intimacy, yes, I still am, and it sucks.

jamie86 - 13 days ago
I'm not familiar with the 2 hour test but that's a bummer.

beckym - 13 days ago
I'm sorry the test didn't go well mrscephas, I would push them for a second test, sounds like it isn't always right the first time, you deserve that second chance.

mrscephas - 13 days ago
Good for u, Becky. Jamie I did the 2 hr one and failed, cut off is 7.8 and I was 8.4. They didn't give me a chance to repeat it, though. Just a call to attend a diabetes clinic. I'm a bit depressed by how everything is going.

beckym - 14 days ago
Sciatica and tail bone pain have become a part of weekly routine for me as well. I went for a walk yesterday morning, my feet and legs felt like they had lead weights on them. I booked a bus trip with my friend to new york on may 20th, I have been trying get to walk daily to get my stamina up, I'm a little nervous about the walking get there if I will be able to cut it, I figured the pregnancy is not in the last trimester yet, so I should be able to have enough energy, we can taxi places too a little, main goal is to see trade center and statue of liberty.

jamie86 - 16 days ago
Mrscephas- I've never needed one but definitely going to try and get one. I have the GTT, I still have a few weeks for mine but last time I failed the 1 hour one. Passed the 3 hour test thankfully.

mrscephas - 16 days ago
Oh and the result for my GTT yesterday the sugar was slightly high so they need to see me for gestational diabetes follow up next week. Praying it's just a borderline result and I can carry on with a few dietary changes.

mrscephas - 16 days ago
Jamie, I was given mine from the physio 3 yrs ago when I was preg with my 1st son. I just dug it out when I felt my pelvis crumbling last week, having endured the growing pain from week 17!

jamie86 - 16 days ago
I'm having pelvic pain along with tail bone pain tonight. I can barely walk. Oh the next 18 weeks are going to be super long if this pain continues. I'll have to look for the pregnancy support belt.

beckym - 19 days ago
Mscephas, I have never tried one of those but it sounds like a great idea to me!

mrscephas - 19 days ago
Beckym, I've found that wearing the support belt eases things a bit. Especially if standing and/or walking about all day like I do in my job. I'll be attending a maternity exercise class next Tuesday as well :)

beckym - 20 days ago
Big hit

beckym - 20 days ago
I threw a baby shower for my sister in law yesterday, it was a bug hit! She is due June 18th and loved the baby shower.

beckym - 23 days ago
I have the pelvic pain issue too, and I started getting sciatic nerve pain this week, I am in 21, but have been hopping around weeks.

mrscephas - 24 days ago
Been ok mostly, except for the pelvic pain. First felt it at 17 weeks and it seems to be growing as the uterus expands. I had it with my son, too and had to do physiotherapy and wear a support belt.

mrscephas - 24 days ago
Hello omotade and congrats on your girl! We're having another boy :) - 27 days ago
Mrscephas, hello. How have you been? - 27 days ago
22 weeks and 2 days gone .... so excited am expecting a Girl . I have a boy he's 6years now .

mrscephas - 29 days ago
Hello 22 weeks, how's everyone?

maimai88 - 43 days ago
22 weeks today! yay!but sick with a sinus infection:/ been feeling awful for over a week now, and finally got put on an antibiotic yesterday. Praying for some relief soon!!

jesswithtwins - 59 days ago
Wow flybear that was a load of stuff to deal with especially while pregnant and on top of losing someone so special glad you guys made it through all that obviously theres never a dull moment in your household I see

flybear - 60 days ago
I know I'm late here, but I understand Jess. My husband is military. With our 3rd child, we moved when I was 24 weeks pregnant, the same exact day we moved I we had to rush our daughter to the e.r. bc we thought she broke her finger and then later that night got a call that my mother passed away. We took an unscheduled trip down south for her funeral and all then came back, had a week and a half to unpack and then he had to leave for some work stuff for 6 weeks. During that time I had dr appointments I needed to go to that I wasn't allowed to bring the kids to. With the military, they consider it your responsibility to set up your 'people' for lack of better term as soon as you get somewhere. So the fact that I knew no one to be able to watch our kids was my problem. I was completely overwhelmed. Both of my parents are deceased so we never get like babysitting breaks or time at grandma's. My husband isn't originally from the U.S. so his family is half a world away. I've learned to just focus on the next step. Just make a plan for each day. Take care of that one or two things, and whatever else comes up that HAS to be done. Eventually everything gets done. Everything seems harder and bigger when you're exhausted and emotional from being pregnant. :)

jesswithtwins - 64 days ago
Oh girl I wish I had any of those options right now funds are so low I'm lucky if I get one night when I don't have to do the cooking plus our parents can't be as involved as we'd like he's mother and father are basically raising his niece and nephews and they complain everyday about their health so even when she offers to take our children it's like there is always something kinda like I'm made to feel they are a burden and I never want my children to ever feel that way shes just not to nice which is sad because that's why they are hardly ever around them I feel like grandparents should be just that and his mother is so used to be in control over everything that when my children act out at all its like they are too much to handle like they should leave I've actually gone and got them the same day or not even left them because there's always approblem and my mother is handicapped and unfortunately my father passed away and we have no aunts,uncles,or siblings(his sister is obviously out of the picture) so the only other adult is my 67 year old grandmother and she is my rock she'll do anything for me and them but I just hate to ask her ALL the time ya know not to be a Debbie downer just I think this might be some of my overwhelmedness but I knew all this when I decided to start having children I think in some ways it's why I did so they will always have each other and their children as well - 64 days ago
jesswithtwins, its natural to feel overwhelmed and I definitely understand the frustration. There has been a couple of times when my kids had to go to their grandparents house for the weekend cause I just needed time to clear my head and relax. Is that something that you are able to do? Maybe a little mani/pedi might help also. In May I plan on doing a 'staycation' in which I'm going to book a room in a local hotel so I can go there and relax....I just want to prop myself up on some pillows, put my feet up, and relax while watching tv all day....I can't remember the last time I did that. Maybe that is something you should try to do as well before the babies arrive. When your kids get here it may take a week or two to adjust to having twins but once you settle into a routine your stress level will decrease.

jesswithtwins - 65 days ago
 just venting because there's really no one to vent to lately I become very overwhelmed with the an appreciation that my family shows my children seem to not appreciate anything that they have or anything that is done for them I just feel like if I don't do those things I'm going to become even more overwhelmed with the amount of things that pile up and need to be done my children are still very young and my oldest is in school almost all day so when he comes home I try to not put too much pressure on him and my youngest has her days were all she wants to do is help me do everything the for the most part she's been very defiant lately on cleaning up I've actually resorted to taking away almost all of her belongings but this too can be stressful because then she has nothing to do all day and my husband is gone 12 plus hours a day so basically when he's home he really does nothing but spend his time to himself I just have become really overoverwhelmed with coming to the fact that I'm going to have two more children hopefully when they get here things will fall into place and I won't feel so overwhelmed I'm looking at how everything is going now I'm highly doubting that fact I'm a very proud mama and always have been but its just scary that I'm overwhelmed with just two and now I'm going to instantly have four sorry for the rant but I just had to get it off my chest 

jesswithtwins - 65 days ago
I'm glad I'm not the only one on here that's actually posting because I'm not sure if it's because this is a double pregnancy or what but I am definitely more overwhelmed this time to go round and I'm needing some mental support from someone who actually understands :-)

liltyke7 - 66 days ago
Yes I agree to. I was on 7 years ago with my first and then 4 years ago with my second. Definitely way too quiet! - 70 days ago
jesswithtwins, it's definitely quieter than it was a couple of years ago. When I was on here with my last baby it was really active. It's a couple of us who post on the regular though.

jesswithtwins - 71 days ago
I originally joined this website over 5years ago when I was pregnant with my second child I've noticed it's not as popular these days as it was before :-( I see in most weeks there are several days in between before there are new post and notrreally any action on the twins weeks :-( I really enjoyed this website the last time it helped me so much to have other mommys hope it g'll does this time too :-) - 71 days ago
liltyke, we have the same due date =). My partner felt the baby move for the first time on Wednesday...the baby was practically dancing and he felt a good 10 bumps within 5 minutes. On another note, I stepped on the scale and I gained 7 pounds within the last week...yikes!

liltyke7 - 71 days ago
anything4niiki - we must be on the same schedule! I was 22 weeks yesterday. I just scheduled my 3D/4D ultrasound today...I can't wait! also my lil guy is really moving around and I can feel it. I love this part!

jesswithtwins - 72 days ago
Thanks anything4nikki I actually went in today and everything still looks great! - 72 days ago
jesswithtwins, I wouldn't be too concerned. As long as you're feeling some type of movement then all should be well. Some days I feel my baby is active and some days he'll hardly move. It might be a combination of the baby's sleep/wake patterns and the way baby is positioned. My baby is actually very active in the middle of the night. Lately I've been finding myself waking up in the middle of the night to use the restroom and when I lay back down I can feel the baby wide awake. During the day I only get movement every now and then. When I was pregnant with my second child my doc at the time said that a mom's movements durng the day can rock the baby to sleep and that's why a lot of babies are active at night. He also told me that if I was concerned then to eat a little snack with a cup of juice, and then lay down afterwards. I should be able to feel movement like 30 minutes later or something like that...maybe you can try that. Just to be on the safe side you should mention your concerns to your doctor at your next appt to see what they say. Is this your twin pregnancy? My sister had twins and as she progressed her babies became less active due to less room to move around. - 72 days ago
22 weeks today!

jesswithtwins - 73 days ago
I'm almost 22 weeks pregnant and within the last few days I feel the has been noticeable less movement should I be concerned?

loralb - 83 days ago
For some reason, I am excited to get to the third trimester next month. Maybe because I'm afraid this one will be early. But my doc said that if baby was born at this time, (22 weeks) they would try to keep it living. I also love getting all the baby stuff out and ready to go. I'm obviously counting the We're only half way there and my last kiddo was late:( - 139 days ago
Sometimes felt like preg with twins.had US twice in 6w and 11w.found only 1. Started to feel movement since 12w and could really feels it as if i am 7 m preg with my 2 previous.sometimes the movement makes my belly up and down little be just my imagination

KristinaA - 140 days ago
mamaford -- most of my baby's movement is at night too. As long as you do feel it everyday, you shouldn't have to worry.

mamaford77 - 141 days ago
5 months today. That's kind of exciting.

mamaford77 - 145 days ago
I'm really uncomfortable too. I grunt and groan every time I move in bed lol. I just wish I felt more movement. I go all day must days and feel nothing. I get a few little thumps at night to reassure me, but his movement hasn't increased at all since it started three weeks ago. Next ultrasound January 7.

kristinaa - 147 days ago
This week's description makes pregnancy sound so easy and yet I'm already feeling quite uncomfortable. Between round ligament pain, pressure on my pubic bone, and a really tight glute that my big tummy is getting in the way of stretching out, I'm feeling more like third trimester already. Not to mention back pain. How am I going to make another 18 weeks of growing?

sunshinebaby8 - 165 days ago
I have almost everything I need for baby. I have the swing, two bassinets, a play pen, diapers, wipes, some clothes, a bouncy seat.. and high chairs. I need to get new bottles, and once baby gets here I will buy clothes. I have a tub of newborn boys and a tub of newborn girls. everything else is gender neutral. Keep it simple, and you will be fine :) I have had MAJOR heartburn ALLLLLLL damn day. It's killing me. I really have not ate or drank anything today because it hurts.. ugh. Baby better have a FULL head of braid-able

lexy-b - 165 days ago
It's hard not to worry but good thing is you really won't need much when she comes. I figure as long as I have the bassinet set up, diapers & clothes/rec. blankets I'm gold haha. I'm too worried about christmas these days. As soon as that's over then I'll focus on baby.

lexy-b - 165 days ago
supermom87 - Wow you are on a roll! I luckly have all that stuff from my first two kids but I haven't even begun to do anything to get ready. I wish I had a bit of your motivation! Sounds like you'll have everything taken care of before Christmas :)

emefa - 166 days ago
Tanx ladies,der is no sign of blood,jst dat the pain may even last for a whole day n go away the next day

sher-baby - 168 days ago
Great minds think alike Babylove! ;-) lol

sher-baby - 168 days ago
Emefa- sometimes after sex/an orgasm your uterus contracts. It could be normal, but never hurts to task ur on at ur next appt. It will be uncomfortable Forsure!! but because it's painful, I would ask. And there's no blood too I'm assuming?

babylove5 - 168 days ago
Emefa if you Hv a orgasm you will Hv some but they should go away. Maybe they are Braxton hicks contractions. I'm washing more baby clothes. I didn't realize we had so many.

emefa - 168 days ago
I have abdominal cramps after sex,is this normal,it hurts like crazy

sher-baby - 168 days ago
Lol...damn! #PregnantWomenProblems lol I hope you are ok tho. I think I have already started nesting!!! I've been decluttering and brining up all our baby 'stuff' all morning! Now my back hurts !! Ugh.

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