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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 22

How big is your baby?
The head to heel measurement is now at around 10.94 inches (27.8cm) and your baby is now weighing approximately 15.17 ounces (430g). By the end of this week your baby will be about the size of a Barbie doll.
How big are you?
Your uterus should now be about 0.78 inches (2cm) above your bellybutton and about 8.66 inches (22cm) above your pubic symphysis this week.
How is your baby developing and growing
Your baby's brain will start with some rapid development this week - and this rapid development will continue until your baby is 5 years old. Your baby may also be roused from his/her sleeping pattern by external sounds and your movements. Even though your babys eye lids are fussed shut, he/she will still be making blinking movements.
If your baby is a boy then towards the end of this week his testes will have started descending into the scrotum. If your baby is a girl then the ovaries - which are made from the same tissue as the testes - will remain in place and by the end of this week her uterus would be completely formed.
Your baby's organ systems are becoming specialized for their particular function. The function of the fetal liver is much different from that of an adult. One of the functions of the adult liver is to breakdown bilirubin, which is produced when blood cells are broken down. As the life span of fetal blood cells is less than those of an adult, the fetal liver will produce more bilirubin
Your nutrition
It is not uncommon to experience dizziness dizziness during pregnancy - and this is usually caused by the increasing demand being placed on your body by your rapidly developing baby. It is not uncommon to feel light headed if you lie on your back for too long or if you stand up to fast.
It could however also be a sign of anemia, hypertension or hypotension. If you do experience dizziness on a regular basis, then you should mention this to your health care provider.
Your body
If you haven’t felt them already, you may soon notice your uterus practicing for delivery with irregular, painless contractions called Braxton Hicks contractions. You may feel a squeezing sensation in your abdomen.
Don't worry, though: Your baby may be able to feel the contraction as it squeezes the uterus, but Braxton Hicks contractions aren't dangerous or harmful. If, however, the contractions become more intense, painful, or frequent, contact your health care provider immediately because painful, regular contractions may be a sign of preterm labor.

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