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Week 22
(counting from first day of last menstrual period)
Around 20 Weeks After Conception

Please keep in mind that this information is approximate. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. If you have any questions, please check with your care provider.

Fetal Development:
The baby is probably close to a pound and very thin but very developed. The eyelids and eyebrows are now formed, and the brain begins rapid growth. If your baby is a boy, his testes have begun their descent from the pelvis to the scrotum.

Maternal Changes:
Your uterus is nearly an inch above your navel. You'll probably be gaining weight more steadily now as your baby continues to fill out. The extra weight may begin to take its toll on your back. Wear low heeled shoes (flat shoes can strain your back as much as high heeled shoes) and avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. When you sit, use a footstool to raise your knees higher than your hips.
 
Five Months
Multiples: Having leg cramps? You could be suffering from a shortage of calcium thanks to your babies. When the cramps hit, straighten your leg and flex your ankle. Have your partner massage the muscle.

Ideas for Dad:
Some parents have no problem agreeing on a name for their baby. Other parents go through World War III. Here are a few ideas . . . make a list of ten of your favorite names (if you don't know your baby's gender, make a list of boys' names and a list of girls' names). Have mom do the same thing and then exchange lists. Cross off the names on her list that you absolutely hate while mom crosses off her least favorite names on your list. If any names survive the process, start playing with those in various configurations. This may be one of those areas where compromise is a gift. Visit these sites for some naming help:
  • BabyNames Database
  • Names for 2005 for StorkNet Babies
  • Names in 2004 for StorkNet Babies
  • Names in 2003 for StorkNet Babies
  • Names in 2002 for StorkNet Babies
  • Names in 2001 for StorkNet Babies
  • Names in 2000 for StorkNet Babies
  • Names in 1999 for StorkNet Babies
  • Names in 1998 for StorkNet Babies
  • Baby Name Game

Inspirational Thoughts:
Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don't even remember leaving open. ~Rose Lane

Reading:

The Very Best Baby Name Book in the Whole Wide World by Bruce Lansky, published by Meadowbrook Press 1996.

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