Baby Update

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Week 22

Your baby measures about 7.6 inches and weighs about 12.3 ounces. The muscles are getting stronger every week now, and the eyelids and eyebrows are developed. Your baby's acrobatics are pretty constant, and since he responds to sound, rhythm and melody, you can try singing and talking to him. After he's born, the same sounds will soothe him.
Your uterus is continuing to grow, but you're probably feeling pretty good -- no more morning sickness, and your abdomen isn't so large that it's getting in the way very much. You may still be getting leg and foot cramps, as well as mild swelling of ankles and feet.
Tip for the Week:
To reduce cramping, increase your intake of calcium and potassium. Have a glass of milk before bedtime or snack on potassium-rich foods, such as grapefruits, oranges and bananas. If you do get a leg cramp, try forcing your toes back toward your face and pushing down on the knee to straighten your leg.

I have been getting a lot of leg cramps at night - they wake me up they hurt so bad & all I can do is jump out of bed and stand until it goes away. I need to eat more bananas I guess!!! And my ankles are still swelling - not too often, but when they do it's bad. I am definitely growing, though. I need to get some tummy shots taken to post - maybe I'll try to do that this weekend, too!