What to Expect when You’re 23 Weeks Pregnant
At 23 weeks pregnant, you are entering one of the most accelerated growth periods during pregnancy. Your baby is now approximately eleven inches long and weighs more than a pound. Last week he or she was the size of a small doll and now they’re an even bigger doll! In the next three or four weeks, Baby’s weight will double! So make sure you’re getting plenty of nutrients, plenty of water, and plenty of sleep!
Common Symptoms at 23 Weeks Pregnant
Gums bleeding during pregnancy is a very common symptom in the second trimester. Your baby is now busy doubling his or her weight and this can take nutrients away from your body’s other essential functions. Again, it’s really important to ensure that you up your intakes of essential nutrients like calcium, iron, and vitamins. If the bleeding is excessive or painful, you may want to consult your doctor.
Another of the common symptoms for pregnant women at this stage is insomnia. You may find that you want to be up and walking at strange hours of the night (even when you’re bone tired!). And sleeping may become increasingly difficult or uncomfortable. Make sure you’re getting plenty of fresh air and try meditating, reading or doing something else you find relaxing before bed. You could also consider buying a body pillow or pregnancy wedges to help support you better in sleep.
Other ongoing side effects of pregnancy at week 23 can include cramps, swollen hands and feet and indigestion. Try and stay relaxed about these symptoms – they are perfectly normal. Keep consulting your maternity professionals about anything out of the ordinary.
To Do List
Your baby’s senses are now very well developed. Scientists confirm that he or she can actually hear your heartbeat, your digestion system and even your voice from the womb! You’ll feel silly at first, but spend lots of time talking and reading to your baby, and encourage your partner to do the same. It’s a great exercise in prenatal bonding!
If you haven’t already, now’s a great time to look at the childcare options available in your area. It may seem like you’re still a long way from thinking about going back to work. But, in many cities, childcare centers are booked up months or even years in advance.
By the time you’re 23 weeks pregnant, your baby’s senses are already highly developed. Talking, reading, sing and music are all great ways to make your baby seem like part of the family before he or she has even arrived. We share some great advice on how you and your partner can bond with your baby before you welcome them into the world.
If your body is starting to feel the toll of carrying around a cantaloupe-sized baby, relief is available! We introduce you to a range of tips, tools, and exercises to help ease aches, pains, and cramping during pregnancy, including the maternity support belt, pregnancy pillows and wedges and stretches and exercises you can use.
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