23 Weeks Pregnant

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At 23 weeks pregnant, things keep on changing. As far as your body is concerned, you’re also expected to experience slight changes during the week. But don’t worry mom, all these changes are temporary and will certainly vanish with the passage of time.

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Mommy Matters

Regular gentle exercise will help to keep your muscles and ligaments strong and supple. This will also help to relieve pregnancy complaints such as backaches.

As your uterus expands and the baby continues to grow, some of your organs will be squashed to give the baby space. You may feel breathlessness more easily because your ribs are moving upwards and outwards, giving you less room to take deep breaths. To counteract this you can take some gentle exercise such as yoga and practice deep breathing techniques.

At 23 weeks pregnant, your bladder is getting squashed and this will mean more frequent visits to the bathroom. Your stomach is also getting squashed and this may lead to heartburn, indigestion, and a full feeling after meals.

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Your baby may startle at loud noises and turn her head in response to sounds. She is also becoming familiar with your voice, which she’ll recognize at birth.

By the 23rd week of pregnancy, the baby can now turn her head and may even be experiencing hiccups! The baby’s, not yet fully developed, the diaphragm is causing this by making sudden and irregular contractions. The diaphragm is the muscle that supports the lungs. Babies can be capable of having hiccups in the 12th week of gestation but by the 23rd week of pregnancy they are much stronger and have more of a rhythm to them. Hiccups are common in unborn babies with varying degrees of frequency and, of course, many babies continue to hiccup after the birth. It’s possible that you may feel the strange sensation of jumps in your belly now and again. This is the baby hiccupping.

To protect their skin in their watery environment, the baby will, by now, be coated with a thick covering of white vernix cream. A layer of fat will be forming between the muscle tissue and skin. This will cover their blood vessels and the skin will look less see-through. They will also have sweat glands by now.

Baby Weight and Size

At 23 weeks pregnant, your baby measures around 12 inches (30 cm) long from crown to heel! Her weight is now around 600 grams (1 lb 5 oz). Just about the size of a plump watermelon.

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23 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Remedies

At 23 weeks pregnant, one symptom of pregnancy that you and your partner may find annoying is snoring. This is normally caused by your extra weight and the swollen mucous membranes in your nose. You can try wearing a nasal strip and run a warm mist humidifier in the room to counteract this.

Your appetite will probably increase enormously as well. Remember that you’re eating for two now! Try and stick to a healthy diet as much as possible with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. At pregnancy week 23, you may not be sleeping very well and this is something that affects about 78% of pregnant women. If this is the case, try sleeping with a pillow between your legs and with your knees bent.

Tips and To Do’s

There are probably many things running through your head and by the 23rd week of pregnancy it’s time to get some decisions made.

Baby care for working moms

For instance, are you going to go back to work after the baby is born and if you are, who will be looking after the baby? There are many choices about this and it is very important for your baby and your peace of mind that you make the right one. Will it be your partner or another family member? Or will you be using daycare or a mother’s day out program? It is an important decision that you and your partner need to be sure about.

Planning about the maternity leave

If you are at work you should already know your rights during pregnancy and now will be the time to finalize all the details about your maternity leave. The various departments at work should all be up to speed with your plans but just make sure this is the case. How long you continue at work is obviously a matter of personal choice. Some women work right up until the delivery date while others stop much sooner. It is up to you.

Planning about paternity leave

Let’s not forget about paternity leave! Discuss with your partner what his plans are and get him to discuss with his employer what they offer. In some States, paternity leave is still unpaid!

Healthy diet

Good sources of protein such as lean meat, legumes, eggs, and cheese are essential for the healthy growth of your baby.

Taking plenty of fluids

You should still be drinking plenty of water but you can also add some variation by drinking milk, fruit juice, and herbal tea. Dry and avoid coffee and other fluids high in caffeine. They are diuretics which actually reduce the amount of fluids in your body. Drinking plenty of fluids is extremely important. Your urine should be pale in color or clear if you are drinking enough Dark yellow urine is not good. Keep a bottle of water with you all the time to help you stay hydrated.

Break news to an older child

At week 23, it’s probably a good idea to tell an older child about the baby’s arrival if you haven’t already done so. A young child may have little concept of timings, though, so keep explanations simple. There are also books you can use to introduce the idea.

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