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Guide to Being 22 Weeks Pregnant


What You Might Be Feeling
Try eating smaller, more frequent meals, and avoid foods you'll regret later.
Try eating smaller, more frequent meals, and avoid foods you'll regret later.
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Big -- Maternity clothes are a must for most pregnant women by now. All but your very baggiest jackets and tops will be uncomfortably tight at best and downright indecent at worst. You will never have a better excuse to walk around in pants that stretch, so take advantage while you can.

Clumsy -- As you adjust to your changing shape and size, it's sometimes hard to know where your edges are. At the same time, swollen feet and hands and achy joints can make you feel less sure on your feet and more likely to drop or knock over your water glass. Blame it on the relaxin, a pregnancy hormone that messes with all your ligaments, not just the pelvic ones that you want to stretch out.

Full -- More room for baby means less room for food. The same gigantic meals you enjoyed as you celebrated the end of first-trimester nausea might now cause you hours of heartburn, indigestion and general discomfort. Try eating smaller, more frequent meals instead, and stay away from foods that you know you'll regret later.

Constipated -- Like your stomach and esophagus, your bowels are being moved aside to make way for baby. Keep moving as much as you can -- even a brisk walk can go a long way toward making you more comfortable.

OK, so maybe "pleasant" wasn't exactly the best word choice for this week's developments. But inside, things are getting a little more exciting


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