Your Pregnancy Week by Week: Weeks 21-25
Baby: Your baby, now about in its 22nd week of development, is 8.4
inches from crown to rump and weighs about 1.2 pounds. It is starting to
produce white blood cells, mostly for combating disease and infection, and may
respond to your touch or sounds. If you haven't felt hiccups yet, you might
feel some jerking motion now.
Mom-to-be: Your uterus is about 1.5 to 2 inches above your navel.
Expect to gain about a pound per week this month. Glucose screens for detecting
gestational diabetes are given between this week and 28 weeks.
Tip of the Week: Dad-to-be might be able to hear the baby's heartbeat
by putting his ear to your abdomen.
Baby: Your developing baby now measures about 8.8 inches from crown
to rump and weighs 1.5 pounds. Skin now becomes opaque instead of transparent.
Its body is still covered with folds like a puppy dog that need to grow into
its skin. Heartbeat can be heard through a stethoscope or, depending on the
position of the baby, by others putting an ear against your belly.
Mom-to-be: Besides your uterus growing upward, it may be getting
bigger on the sides of your abdomen. You may be experiencing hemorrhoids, which
are dilated blood vessels in the rectal area caused by increased blood flow,
constipation, indigestion and heartburn.
Tip of the Week: To soothe hemorrhoids, apply an ice pack or witch
hazel, or try a sitz bath (soaking your bottom in shallow warm water) or
over-the-counter suppositories and/or medicated wipes such as Tucks. Don't take
laxatives or mineral oil.
What's Happening Inside You?
By the end of the sixth month, your baby is about 12 inches long and weighs
about 2 pounds. His or her skin is reddish in color, wrinkled, and veins are
visible through the baby's translucent skin. Baby's finger and toe prints are
visible. The eyelids begin to part and the eyes open.
Your baby may respond to sounds by moving or increasing the pulse, and you
may notice jerking motions if baby hiccups.
If born prematurely, your baby may survive after the 23rd week with