Pregnancy Calendar – Week 22

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Guess who’s about the size of a Barbie doll? Hint: it isn’t you. Yep, your baby is about the length of a Barbie but it weighs about a pound and doesn’t have big tits and unachievable body proportions. Although, your baby does have real eyebrows and eyelashes now, which is more than we can say for Barbie – suck on that, doll.

We’re going to take care of some gross issues today: vaginal discharge and belly buttons. I know, exciting.

First up, vaginal discharge. I believe scientists thought long and hard to come up with the most disgusting sounding name for the milky white vaginal discharge that often comes along with pregnancy, and I think they did it with the term “leukorrhea.” I believe it is supposed to combine the Greek terms for “light” and “flow”, but to me, it just sounds like the noise a cat makes before throwing up, morphed with the word diarrhea. I doubt if they’ll change medical textbooks just because I think something sounds gross, so I’ll just press on.

You don’t have to worry about it, no matter how gross it sounds, and you have the extra estrogen in your body to thank for stimulating all the mucous membranes in your body.

Stay away from douches and vaginal wipes because it can throw off your PH balance and that can unleash a whole lot of nasty. Most sites suggest “clean” and “dry” with a panty liner back up, is the best line of defense, but I like to think we’ve all figured out that universal lady garden tip by now.

As for your belly button, has it popped? This happens to some women and doesn’t happen to others. Some women don’t care, and other women are driven nuts by it. It’s no surprise that it’s caused by your uterus pushing forward, but take comfort in knowing that it will go back to normal after you deliver. If you aren’t looking to own this look, some suggestions are belly bands, high maternity pants (so the band covers the button), band aids or duct tape (duct tape sounded painful to me but I’m listing it because it came up quite a bit). There’s also a product called Popper Stopper that sounds like they do the trick too.

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