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22 Weeks Pregnant

You’ve made it to the Pregnancy Promised Land! Plus, where will baby sleep when they make their debut?

  • Baby at 22 Weeks Pregnant 🚼

    Believe it or not, your little bambino is almost a pound in weight and nearly a foot long. 💪🏽 KAPOW!

    And she is truly becoming a miniature human, with facial features that are more developed, as well as eyebrows, eyelashes, and even hair on her head! (Could that be the cause of your wicked pregnancy heartburn?!)

    And just like all homo sapiens, your baby may settle into a routine right about now. At this stage of development, babies will find a rhythm between sleep and wakefulness. And it’s often the opposite of yours! My son was Mr. Routine: up with the morning sun and quiet at night in utero. My daughter? Forgetaboutit! That girl had a rockstar's schedule... up around noon and partying in my womb till the wee hours of the morning. 😳 (Made sleep a bit more challenging for this mama!)

    Funny thing is, my kids' natural rhythm is still pretty similar. Griffin is my early bird and Paloma would be up late and sleep in every day if I let her. But babies are notorious for having the daytime and nighttime wakefulness flipped, and this usually continues the first few days or weeks after they're born. In other words, get used to it. 😉

    Of course, you've still got 18 or so weeks of pregnancy to enjoy first.

    Pregnancy week by week - 22 weeks pregnant - Mama Natural
  • You at 22 Weeks Pregnant 🚺

    Ahhhh, the Magic Middle. Have you heard that this is the Pregnancy Promised Land? 🙌🏼

    The middle trimester can be magical. You feel good, you have great energy, and you aren’t too big yet. (It gets a little less magical when you have to get up four times a night because your bladder is the size of a dime in the final weeks of pregnancy!)

    The Magic Middle is a great time to finish up any home projects, clean out your closets, organize wedding photos, and prepare the nursery (if that’s your thing).

    This would also be a good time to do some things you’ve always wanted to do, because life as you know it will change dramatically once baby makes her debut. Need some inspiration? Check out this list of 17 things to do before baby arrives.

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  • Week 22 Spotlight
    Sleeping Arrangements With Baby 💡

    Eat. Sleep. Poop. Repeat. This is your baby’s routine for the first 4–6 weeks of life. And I have to say, some of the sweetest moments in your day (and night) will probably be when baby is sleeping. Because you’re exhausted. And you need to sleep. And baby needs to sleep. But where?

    I know some crunchy mamas who never get a crib or even a co-sleeper. I know other crunchy mamas who have baby in his crib, in his own room, on day one. Again, it comes down to what’s best for each family.

    We took the middle road. Our children slept in co-sleepers attached to our bed for the first several months of life. Studies show that this is actually safest for breastfed babies. I loved the idea of bed-sharing from the very beginning on into childhood, but my husband is… how can I say this? A delicate sleeper. So a noisy toddler in our bed wasn’t gonna work.

    So, after about 2–3 months, our kids went into cribs in their own rooms. Well, mostly. We’ve had a wide array of sleeping arrangements throughout the years (currently, our eldest starts the night in his own room, but transfers to a little mattress on our floor before morning comes—long story).

    The key about sleeping arrangements is to be flexible.

    Bed-sharing, often called co-sleeping, has its pros and cons depending on the family situation. Truth be told, cribs are a recent invention, and most of the world practices bed-sharing.

    Click here for more info on co-sleeping.

    At the end of the day (or night), the best sleeping arrangement is the one where everyone gets the most sleep. :)

  • Week 22 Hot Topics 🔥

    ​Dig deeper into these hot topics for your 22nd week of pregnancy!

  • Week 22 To-Dos ✅

    • Be sure you’re taking your probiotics to prep for birth and a negative GBS result
    • Set up a tour of your birth center or maternity ward
    • Moisturize your bump with coconut oil or a lotion with super-clean ingredients to prevent dry or itchy skin
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