22 Weeks Pregnant
Around week 22 of pregnancy, you will begin to gain weight more steadily as your baby continues to fill out. The extra weight gain may cause additional strain in your lower back. This can be eased by wearing low-heeled shoes and avoiding sitting or standing for long periods of time. When sitting, you should use a footstool to raise your knees higher than your hips.
When you are 22 weeks pregnant, you may notice that your uterus starts practicing for delivery with irregular, painless contractions known as Braxton Hicks contractions. This will feel like a sporadic squeezing sensation near the top of your uterus. Braxton Hicks contractions are not dangerous or harmful. However, if the contractions become painful, or if you have more than four contractions in an hour, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Painful, regular contractions may be a sign of preterm labor (see Signs of Labor).
During week 22 of pregnancy, you may also notice a pounding heart, pale skin, or that you are getting short of breath or extremely tired. These may be signs of anemia. If you have any of these possible anemia symptoms, call your healthcare provider.