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Guide to Being 22 Weeks Pregnant


Don't Worry If ...
It's still fairly early to feel regular movement, especially if this is your first pregnancy.
It's still fairly early to feel regular movement, especially if this is your first pregnancy.
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We know, no matter what we say, you'll find something to worry about this week. But here are a few concerns we hope you'll cross off your list. Try -- really try! -- not to worry if:

  • You and your partner can't agree on a name. Make a couple of lists, pick some personal favorites, and try them out on that growing baby in your belly. Sooner or later, something will sound just right.
  • Your bellybutton is beginning to show through your t-shirts. It will go back "in" after the baby is born.
  • You're hairier than a caveman. (Thank you, once again, hormones, for all you do to make this such a thoroughly entertaining journey.) Look on the bright side: Soon you won't even be able to see your legs, let alone worry about how hairy they are. With any luck, your fingernails are growing faster and stronger than ever, too, so treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure and try not to worry about that five o'clock shadow on your shins.
  • You don't always feel the baby moving. It's still fairly early to feel regular movement, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Often you'll feel him kick up his heels only after you've settled down. Of course, if you're truly concerned, call your doctor or midwife. That's what they're there for. He or she can help to put your mind at ease or have you come in if it sounds like there's a problem.

For more information on week 22 of your pregnancy and for other pregnancy and parenting topics, check out the links on the next page.


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