22 Weeks Pregnant- Symptoms and Complications

22 Weeks Pregnant by Tad Reeves, 2009

The following conditions are among the most common second trimester pregnancy symptoms, and in most cases, at this stage of the pregnancy cycle, are considered normal pregnancy symptoms.

Heartburn and indigestion is a common everyday issue that you will have to learn to deal with and overcome. Because your uterus is constantly growing in size, it is starting to push gastric acids up from your stomach into your esophagus. This is why you get that burning feeling just above your stomach. By avoiding acidic and spicy foods, and eating smaller meals, but more often throughout the day, you will go a long way to reducing the effects of heartburn and indigestion.

You may also try drinking a little water just before, and just after eating.

Constipation during pregnancy is another common pregnancy issue. Your growing uterus is now squeezing your bowels, making it harder for the bowel to function properly. By drinking plenty of water, eating lot’s of fruit and vegetables, doing regular exercise and some gentle stretching, you will certainly see some improvement in your regularity. Exercising regularly encourages bowel movements.

You may also start to notice a vaginal discharge with odor. Keep clean and dry by using a panty liner. A panty liner will help to reduce the odors that often occur with this type of pregnancy symptom.

Occasional faintness or dizziness is another common pregnancy symptom. It is mainly a result of the growing uterus putting additional pressure on the blood vessels, which reduces the blood flow to your brain. Usually standing up quickly will cause a bout of dizziness to come upon you. You can improve the blood circulation by increasing your water consumption. Try to average around eight glasses of water a day and even more if it’s in the summer months.

Cramps in your legs can be quite painful and are often the result of a lack of calcium or magnesium in your diet. To reduce the amount of leg cramps you may be experiencing, try taking a prenatal vitamin each day, doing some light stretching exercises and keep well hydrated by drinking lots of water.

Stretch marks are all but impossible to avoid, and unfortunately there is not a lot of ways to get rid of stretch marks. You may start noticing stretch marks on your thighs,
stretch marks on your stomach, stretch marks on your shoulders, legs, buttocks, breasts, back and even find stretch marks on your arms.

These slightly textured streaks in your skin are actually scars, and can often be a pinkish, brownish color depending on your skin, and although no one has really proven that a lotion can get rid of stretch marks, if your going to at least try, it’s best for you and your child that you try some natural stretch mark removal remedies, like rubbing a little olive oil or coconut oil on your skin, at the very least it will moisturize your skin and reduce any itching you may be experiencing as a result of your stretched skin.

The best prevention of stretch marks is to make sure you maintain your muscle tone by exercising during pregnancy.

A protruding belly button is also a common pregnancy symptom, and although it may be bothersome to you now, after you give birth it will soon go back to normal, but you can expect it to be slightly bigger.

Swelling in your fingers is another common pregnancy symptom, keep an eye on the rings on your fingers, and if you start to notice them getting tight and uncomfortable, take them off your fingers now. I remember when I was only a small child and my mom was pregnant with my little brother, she had to have her wedding band removed from her finger using a pair of wire cutters, it was not a nice experience for anyone in the house, let alone my poor mother.

Swelling of the feet can often be both painful and annoying, and for a lot of women can result in an increase of up to a whole shoe size. One of the main reasons for swollen feet is because of one of the pregnancy hormones called relaxin, which loosens the ligaments in your feet. Causing the bones in the feet to spread slightly, hence the increase in shoe size.

If you begin to notice any of the following complications during pregnancy, please make sure you seek expert medical advice and speak to your Doctor.

  • Abnormal bleeding.
  • Constant headaches and severe migraines.
  • Swelling in your face and hands.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Excessive vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • High fever lasting longer than 24 hours.
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