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Welcome to your Second Trimester (part 38) - Maternity matters

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Your 23rd Week

Being pregnant can have all kinds of unexpected effects. There will probably be days when you just don’t feel in control of your emotions and they get the better of you, making you cry for no reason. Or your body feels clumsy and uncoordinated, and you keep walking into the furniture. Just talk to some other moms-to-be and you’ll find that these side effects are all a normal part of the pregnancy experience!

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You could be feeling a little off-balance, both physically and emotionally

You are 22 Weeks and 1 Day 125 days to go…

If your emotions are all over the place, try having a good cry, preferably on someone’s shoulder. You’ll feel a whole lot better.

Your baby today

This is a landmark week for your baby’s senses: hearing and balance, both controlled by the inner ear, start to mature now. As this image shows, the ears are still not in their final position at the side of the head.

It’s normal to feel a bit up and down emotionally. The best way to manage is to give yourself some time out and the low points will soon pass. If you find yourself crying at a commercial yet again, try to see the funny side! Sharing this fact with someone else may also help, especially a pregnant friend or new mom—she more than anyone else will be able to relate to how you’re feeling and reassure you.

The good news is you don’t need to worry about your baby—he won’t be affected by your occasional mood swings. However, it might not be good for him if you get too stressed since this causes your body to produce more cortisol, a hormone which can have adverse effects on your baby (see You are 16 Weeks and 3 Days). So, when you’re feeling stressed, make adequate time to relax and take care of yourself, for your baby’s sake.

… Twins
Maternity matters

If you’re having twins, now is the time to discuss your maternity leave with your employers. Some women start their leave toward the end of their pregnancy, while others wait for their babies to be born. Ask your doctor for advice.

You may also want to take off as much time as possible after the babies are born, and your partner will want to take the maximum amount of leave he’s eligible for . Aside from help from family and friends, which will be essential, consider what you can afford in terms of additional child care.

… Doctor
Q: I think I may have food poisoning. Will this harm my baby?
A: Some food-borne illnesses, such as salmonella, campylobacter, and E. coli will not directly harm your baby but can make you very ill, causing profuse vomiting and diarrhea that could lead to extreme dehydration. It’s important to keep your fluid intake up both to flush out the offending pathogens, and to ensure you’re sufficiently hydrated. If the vomiting is so serious that you can’t keep any fluid down, ask for an emergency appointment with your doctor.

Infection with listeria bacteria is the most serious since it can infect the baby and may cause a miscarriage or premature labor. It is, therefore, essential that you contact your doctor if you believe that you’ve eaten a contaminated food , so that the relevant checkup can be done and treatment given, if necessary.

Always be especially careful when choosing food and follow hygiene rules when preparing it. Avoid eating foods commonly associated with food poisoning .

You are 22 Weeks and 2 Days 124 days to go…

Now that your baby’s ears are sufficiently well developed to process sounds, his hearing will gradually improve.

Your baby today

The hands and fingers are clearly visible and the nail beds have been laid down. The baby’s fingers will close if the palm of his hand is touched. The tips of the two bones in the forearm, the radius and the ulna, can just be seen in the lower part of this image.

Your baby’s external ears have been developed for some time but for him to hear, the internal ear structures also need to mature. In the middle ear, three bones—the malleus (“hammer”), incus (“anvil”), and stapes (“stirrup”)—conduct sound into the inner ear. These bones are formed initially from soft cartilage and embedded within connective tissue. The bones begin to harden and the connective tissue gradually dissolves. This allows the ear drum to vibrate onto the hammer, which passes the movement on to the anvil, and then the stirrup. The vibrations are then passed to the cochlea, a cavity of the inner ear, where they are translated into nerve impulses to be sent to the brain.

At 22 weeks, your baby’s inner ear has matured adequately for sound to be processed into neural signals to the brain. The first part of the cochlea to develop is responsible for receiving lower-sound frequencies. As your baby develops, he will gradually be able to recognize and respond to higher sound frequencies. Over the next three weeks, your baby’s responsiveness to sounds will gradually increase. At first the responses are slow and sluggish, but by 25 weeks he will react to a range of sounds by moving around.

In addition to being responsible for your baby’s hearing, the inner ear also controls his balance. Small fibers within three semicircular canals of the inner ear are able to sense acceleration in any direction, providing the sense of motion and balance. Floating in the amniotic fluid is similar to weightlessness and, although your baby is very active, he has no sense yet of moving up and down.

Men are faster than women at changing diapers.

Research shows that the average time a woman takes is 2 minutes and 5 seconds, whereas the average man takes 1 minute and 36 seconds! So that’s a job for him, then.

Raring to go

If, like many pregnant women at this stage, you feel incredibly energized, make the most of it. Here are some ways to direct that energy:

  • Get some exercise, including doing some gardening (see image).

  • Organize your paperwork and get your finances in order.

  • Clear out any clothes that you know you won’t wear again.

  • Learn to knit or, if you already can, get going on some baby clothes.

  • Make time to see all the friends you haven’t been in touch with for a while—you may not feel up to socializing in later months.

    However good you’re feeling, always make time to relax and recharge your batteries.

Gardening is great exercise and will also ensure you get some fresh air. Make sure you wear gloves because the soil may contain toxoplasmosis parasites).

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