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22 weeks pregnant

When you are 22 weeks pregnant, your baby grows quickly and moves frequently. Your breasts are likely to grow and produce colostrum. A maternity bra can help at this stage.

Week by week stages of pregnancy: week 22

Now that you are 22 weeks pregnant, your baby is continuing to get bigger and slowly putting on weight. Around this week your baby’s brain will also begin to develop fast. In terms of movement, whilst they are still small they will still have some room in your uterus so will be moving around a lot and doing somersaults. This may mean you feel them being very active with a difference in activity between day and night.

As their senses develop they may even jump at loud noises outside the uterus, respond to a gentle pressure on your bump or react if you take a warm bath.

In pregnancy at 22 weeks, you are likely to find that your breasts are getting bigger and they may start producing colostrum, a fatty substance full of nutrients. This is perfectly normal and just one of the symptoms of pregnancy.  As they get bigger they may feel heavier and more uncomfortable so you may want to get fitted for a maternity bra. 

Maternity bras are designed to support your breasts and give you comfort whilst helping to preserve your shape. They generally have no underwire support making your bra sit more comfortably with your growing bump. There is a range of maternity bras available, so you should be able to find one that’s just right for you and your changing body.

Sex during pregnancy
Now you are 22 weeks pregnant you may be feeling sexier than the past few months. This is very normal in the second trimester as your energy levels have picked up. Your hormones are changing and may be making your skin glow and your hair shiny.  With this added level of confidence you may want to have sex more with your partner. This is fine and you should follow what your body is telling you.

Many women are concerned or wary of having sex during pregnancy, but in most circumstances it’s no problem.  Your baby is cocooned inside the amniotic sac, she has no concept of sexuality – and she certainly can’t see or feel your partner’s penis. In fact, when you orgasm your blood flow also increases, upping the amount of oxygen and nutrients being delivered to your baby. Of course you should always follow the advice of your health care professionals, and there may be times when penetrative sex is not advisable. If in doubt please speak to your midwife.

Further help and information

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

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