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22 Weeks Pregnant

By 22 weeks pregnancy, you may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen as it expands to accommodate your growing baby. Some women start developing stretch marks early in their pregnancy, whereas others develop them only after the third trimester. An even smaller number of women never get any!

Typically more than half of all women will get stretch marks during their pregnancy. They may form on the breasts, inner thighs, waist and abdomen as your body expands to accommodate your growing baby. Typically stretch marks vary in color from white, to pink or purple and even dark brown depending on your skin color. Many women believe that religious application of lotion will prevent stretch marks from forming, but even the most enthusiastic moisturizer may find herself laden with stretch marks.

Whether or not you develop stretch marks is largely genetically determined. Check out your mother’s belly. If she has a lot of stretch marks, chances are you will too. The good news is that most stretch marks do fade in the months following delivery. Even the most intense stretch marks become lighter after birth. Many women wear their stretch marks with pride, as a sign of the amazing feat they accomplished creating and carrying life for nine months.

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he’ll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

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