Your baby’s development - week 22

 week 22

At 22 weeks pregnant your tiny baby isn’t so tiny any more. At 27 to 28cm long, they now weigh around 9oz. As their hearing and recognition improves, they’re becoming more responsive to your voice. Their face and body look much more like those of a newborn, although their skin is still transparent and they haven’t yet developed a layer of fat.

You & your body

During pregnancy, skin retains more water making it look more youthful, plumper and fresher and because your blood circulation has increased, skin looks rosier too. That’s why many mums are described as having a healthy pregnancy bloom.

But pregnancy can also bring on acne due to the higher levels of hormones encouraging our skin to produce more sebum. Just enough keeps skin supple but too much causes pores to become blocked, resulting in greasy skin and spots.

If you’re suffering from pimples, clean your skin regularly with a gentle cleanser and use an oil-free moisturiser. Avoid rubbing or squeezing the skin and it’s also advisable not to use acne creams unless your doctor prescribes them for you. A few weeks after delivery, your skin should return to its pre-pregnancy condition.

Skin also tends to become more sensitive during pregnancy, not only due to higher hormone levels, but because it has become more stretched and delicate. If you’re suffering from irritated or dry skin, stay out of the sun or wear a high-factor sunscreen and keep your skin well moisturised – perhaps use a bath emollient oil too. Stick to wearing natural fabrics next to your skin such as cotton or linen and if you suspect that something is causing your irritation, try to identify and then avoid it – could it be the washing powder or perfume you use?

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Did you know?

The extra blood for your baby that your body is having to produce at the moment needs lots of water so you might find yourself feeling a bit dehydrated – even if you’re having to go to the loo all the time. Even if you feel as though you’re constantly weeing, remember to drink lots of water and take a bottle with you when you’re out and about.

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