Woooohooo! We are moving right along.
Milestone during week 21?
Daddy got to feel the baby "kick" or "punch" or whatever it was that she does! So exciting! I didn't think he'd be able to feel her for a few more weeks. She's an active little (or big) one!
Your pregnancy: 22 weeks
How your baby's growing:
*you can replace the "he" references with "she" =)
At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.
How your life's changing:
At this point, you may find your belly becoming a hand magnet. It's perfectly okay to tell folks who touch your tummy that you'd rather they didn't. And if people are telling you that you look smaller or bigger than you should at this point, remember that each woman grows — and shows — at her own rate. What's important is that you see your practitioner for regular visits so she can make sure your baby's growth is on track.
You may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen as it expands to accommodate your growing baby. At least half of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks by the time they give birth. These small streaks of differently textured skin can range from pink to dark brown (depending on your skin color). Although they most commonly appear on your tummy, stretch marks may also show up on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts. There's no proof that lotion helps prevent stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturized may help with any itching.
I've definitely been noticing my "bump" growing!
See for yourself...
I don't have any stretch marks yet and I am hoping to keep it that way. I lather up w/ lotion every morning and every night and am about to invest in some vitamin E oil. I'm not sure how well those things really work, but it's worth a shot!
Edited to add:
Had a doctor's appointment this morning.
Doctor says mommy and baby are doing great so far and to keep up the good work! He also said that everything from the anatomy scan looks great (measurements, organs, etc.). That's all really good news!