Your baby’s skin looks quite wrinkled, but it has thickened and is now less transparent than it has been. It’s sebaceous glands, or oil glands, are producing greasy coating called vernix, which protectively covers your baby’s skin.
The eyes still stay closed but the irises are starting to get their pigment now. Is it going to be dark brown or a lighter one? Don’t get too excited just yet ‘cause you’ll never really know your child’s eye color until a few weeks after birth!
You’re now 22 weeks pregnant! And as your bump gets bigger, the more chances you’ll feel a strain on your back. Try following these simple remedies to relieve back pain.
- Maintain proper posture. Practice by trying to balance a book on your head (like a model!).
- Place a small cushion behind your back to support your upright posture if you have to sit for an extended period of time.
- Don’t let your pelvis tip forward as you walk or stand.
Don’t shoo away starches in your meals. Contrary to common belief, they don’t make you fat. These slow-burning carbohydrates will actually allow you to feel fuller for longer and help you stay away from more sugary cravings!
Starchy foods include potatoes, bread, rice, quinoa, and beans. They provide energy that is essential for you and your rapidly growing baby. You’ll also find that starchy foods are mostly available in whole grain version, which is even better!
If you have been adviced to control your weight though, make sure to pay attention to your portions and partner your meal with equally nutritious foods.
Weight gain during pregnancy varies from one woman to another. To know the appropriate weight recommended for your particular case, make sure to consult with your doctor.
But as a general recommendation, it is suggested that a woman should gain between 12 and 17 pounds over the course of her pregnancy. A normal weight gain is 1 to 1.5 pounds in the 1st quarter, 5 to 6 more pounds by the 2nd quarter, and 6 to 10 pounds by the end of 9 months.
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