At 22 weeks the foetus is taking in more calcium for developing bones and teeth. The skeleton continues to harden.

Week 22

Mum

It may be a good idea to start practising wearing the car seatbelt in a way that will protect your baby in the second and third trimester, that is, with the lap belt portion across the top of your thighs under your belly, and the shoulder sash part between your breasts and over the collarbone. Don’t slide the shoulder portion of your seatbelt under your arm, because that’s not a safe way of wearing it. Remember, your survival is important to your unborn baby.

Dad

You might think it’s a bit unfair that you can’t feel the baby kick, except by placing your hand on the bump hoping like hell something will happen. But now, scientists have devised an ingenious way for a father to experience their unborn child’s movements in the womb. The invention is a pair of belts that cover both parents’ abdomens and are filled with electronic sensors. When the baby kicks in the mother’s womb, the movement is replicated in the father’s belt.

Baby

You are as long as a parsnip. Behind those still-closed eyelids you now have eyeballs, although the irises lack colour. The DNA already has the instruction for what colour to make them, it just hasn’t happened yet. Oh, and Bub, don’t freak out or anything, but your skin is all wrinkly and covered with fine hair. Relax, this too shall pass.

Photos in the bumpandbaby.co.nz/week-by-week/ are by Lenart Nilsson. Lenart's series was bought to fame when his photo, considered the greatest photo of the 20th century, appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1965. “Everyone interprets images differently, depending on their social, cultural and religious background. In the digital era, I believe it is more important than ever to go back and take a look inside ourselves. What better way of doing that than with these photos?” ~ Jane Stene, art gallery director and curator of Lenart's definitive black and white series, told the The Guardian in 2019. It is Lenart Nilsson's wish that his images are never used for political debate about pro-life.

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