You might feel your babys first real kicks. If you haven’t already, you probably will soon. This will be much different from the fluttery quickening you’ve felt in the past weeks. By the 22nd week of pregnancy, your uterus might practice for labor and delivery with occasional “warm-up” contractions called Braxton-Hicks contractions. These contractions are painless and termed as “false” labor and will not cause you to dilate. At first, it might be easy to mistake Braxton-Hicks for real contractions, especially if this is your first pregnancy.


  • Enlarged uterus beyond navel
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sensitive gums
  • Sleeping discomfort


  • Pregnancy conscious, anxiety
  • Doldrum of true false labor pain
  • Restlessness

Your Baby:

By week 22, your babys brain growth is almost complete. Your baby learns from her body movements and sensations. She also learns from the way you move, speak and feel emotionally. If you talk, read or sing to your baby, its reasonable to expect him or her to be able to hear you. The eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed and the fingernails cover the fingertips.