The ultimate HerFamily guide to your pregnancy: Week 22 5 years ago

The ultimate HerFamily guide to your pregnancy: Week 22

Week 22 – You're in the 2nd Trimester! Read more about trimesters here.

This week....

Your baby

Is approximately 28cm long — that's about the length of a cucumber and weighing about 450g. To get an idea of this, pick up a large block of butter in your hand.

The mouth and lips are more pronounced in preparation for all the kisses mummy is going to rain upon them!

Your little one's eyelids are also fully developed with eyelashes and eyebrows forming.

red bootees on a naked bump


The top of your uterus is now above your bellybutton. There’s no disguising that bump! You may also feel a little clumsy and forgetful, although you can’t blame the size of your bump for that.


While your baby sleeps like a newborn — around 14 hours per day — you may now start to have one, or a range of sleeping issues. Sudden painful cramps in your legs — usually the calves — may wake you in the night.

Your pregnancy hormones have now kicked in big time (just ask your partner!)

You will hopefully see evidence of thicker hair and stronger nails, but along with your new-found tresses, you may start to notice a few unwanted hairs. Try to stick to plucking and waxing rather than any bleach that may have harmful chemicals.

READ: 3 Foods To Eat That Help Regulate Hormones


Protection and guidance - Expectant parents


Are you still struggling into your normal clothes? Now might be the time to considering getting a few pieces to get you through the rest of your pregnancy, and beyond! I remember thinking once the baby was born I wouldn't need maternity clothes. Big Mistake.


When my baby was about 5 months old I literally wanted to burn every item of clothing. I vowed never to wear black leggings again but I did keep a few pairs of granny knickers for those more 'relaxed' days.

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Daddy Lessons

You are not the only one having a baby - there are two of you working on this new expansion project. If you haven't already, perhaps it is time to sit down with your partner and chat about what expectations they have.

Our agreement was that I fed and he changed. He was also in charge of re-stocking the nappy bag and cleaning bottles. I was also the chief outfit picker; best job of all!

Book an antenatal class together or even write a letter to baby together so your future son or daughter will have something super precious for their memory box.

READ: New Invention Created To Help Dads Feel More Involved In Pregnancy

Pop on to Week 23 where baby is beginning to learn to suck his thumb. Awwwwww bless.