22 Weeks Pregnant
This week, your little one is starting to make sense of the world as they develop their sense of touch. Your baby’s grip is quite developed now and they might start holding on tight to the umbilical cord!
The sense of sight is also getting more developed. Your baby can now perceive light and dark much better than before. Your baby is still quite thin, but continues to develop as they start to put on weight and grow bigger and stronger. Between 22 weeks pregnant and the end of your second trimester, the baby will put on about 500g. Baby’s body is now growing faster than the head, so they’ll be more in proportion now. Your baby’s brain is growing too and learning abilities are starting to develop. By now, your baby can even suck their thumb!
Until you became pregnant, you probably weren’t even aware of your pelvic floor, the sling of tissues and muscles in your pelvis and just how important it is. At 22 weeks pregnant and onwards all that changes, as you receive reminders and advice from your midwife or doctor and at antenatal classes. There’s a good reason for this. If your pelvic floor is nice and springy, it’ll support delivery of the baby and also prevent potential later problems like stress incontinence in your urinary tract during pregnancy. You’ll also need to continue to practice after birth.
If you have questions about your pelvic floor, speak to our prenatal physiotherapy expert, Aoibhin McGreal.
Zinc during pregnancy encourages both growth and healing and is also important for the development of the brain and nervous system of your baby. A shortage of zinc has been associated with low birthweight. During the First 1,000 Days bananas, nuts and sunflower seeds are good sources of zinc and make healthy snacks to graze on as your appetite increases your baby’s long-term health will benefit from these healthy snacks.