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What To Expect During Pregnancy Week 22

You might be feeling headachey at this stage. During pregnancy week 22, your baby now has lips and tooth buds are developing! 

Your Body at 22 Weeks Pregnant

Headaches are common in pregnancy – again as a result of changes in hormones.

Many women will be sensitive to the changes in their hormonal cycle and experience headaches at certain times of their menstrual cycle.

Headaches in pregnancy are most common in the first few months and usually settle down as the pregnancy progresses.

Headaches in late pregnancy especially associated with swelling of the hands or feet may be a sign of raised blood pressure and should prompt a visit to your doctor.

Headaches can also be caused by tiredness, stress, hunger, sinus infection and toothache!

Try the simple remedies such as a snack, 15 minutes of quietness, a quick break from whatever you are doing at the time and some fresh air.

Cold compresses on the back of the neck can be very effective.

Paracetamol is safe to take in recommended doses during pregnancy.

Migraines are a more severe form of headache and usually present as a headache associated with other signs such as vision changes, an aura before it starts, nausea and vomiting.

Women who have experience migraines outside of pregnancy will often get them during the pregnancy and unfortunately many of the medications used for migraine are not suitable for use during pregnancy.

Your Baby at 22 Weeks Pregnant

By pregnancy week 22, Baby is now almost 28 cm long and weighs around 430 grams.

The lips are now formed and tooth buds are developing, getting ready to make an appearance a few months after delivery.

The eyebrows and eyelashes are well formed.

The eyes are formed but don’t have a colour yet.

The hair on baby’s skin including the hair on the head is pure white.

The hair and eye colour will develop later in the pregnancy after week 22.

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