During week 22 of your pregnancy. Your volume of blood should have increased by now to keep you and your baby healthy. This is normal. This is also a time when you might find yourself practically gaining weight overnight. This is also normal. Your body is now ready to gain weight on a regular basis to keep up with the needs of your baby. You might also feel a strain in your body because of the regular weight gain. You will probably most likely feel a lot of the strain in your lower back.
Try to stop wearing shoes with heels on them. This will only increase the lower back pain from the strain of weight gain. When you are sitting or lying down you should have a stool or a pillow to prop your feet up. This can help reduce the likeliness of getting swollen and sore feet and ankles. It can also help reduce the pain in your lower back.
If you have any problems, such as becoming short of breath, pale skin, a pounding heart and becoming extremely tired you need to go see your medical professional right away. You could be experiencing anemia. This can be treated and will have you feeling much better very soon.
You will need a stool and a large pillow so you can prop your feet up when you are sitting or lying down. You should also get some extra comfortable and supportive shoes so you can help to reduce the amount of lower back pain you will have from the strain of weight gain during this week 22 and beyond. This is a good time to also go clothes shopping for some new maternity clothing. At week 22 of pregnancy you will notice that you have gained weight and seem to be continuing to gain weight. This is because you are. Your body needs to add on this weight to help your baby grow. Try to buy maternity clothing that is one or more sizes larger than you are now. Find comfortable, stretchy clothing that you know will last for at least four weeks.
You may also experience leg cramps, which can be quite painful. Eat more bananas, oranges, cheese, yogurt and drink more milk to help your body keep up with its needs of calcium and potassium.