Pregnancy Week By Week

What to Expect in Week 23 of Your Pregnancy

23 Weeks Pregnant Belly
Written by Stephanie McClane

Twenty-Third Week of Pregnancy: Week by Week

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You must be excited for the fact that the baby will soon be with you. Your baby now weights little more than 500g and measures about 29cm from crown to heel.

Your baby will begin moving muscles such as arms, fingers, legs and toes which cause more movements in your abdomen. When 23 weeks pregnant you will find drastic changes. At 23 weeks pregnant, you are actually way into the second trimester; the baby’s development is now slower than the first weeks.

Growth of the Baby

In this week the wrinkled skin is starting to smooth out and he’ll start to look more like a new born. His senses are becoming more sophisticated too.

Lungs and blood vessels have developed; the baby will soon start breathing as well during your week 23 pregnancy.

During this stage the baby can swallow the Amniotic fluid which later gets dispelled as urine. During and after this week the baby will be taking more fluid and sugar as supplements. Baby’s hearing is certainly improving now and it can now hear your voice as well as the sounds which happen in the surroundings as with keen ears baby is preparing for the outside world. Your doctor can see the heart chambers as well as the blood vessels of your baby on a 23 weeks pregnant ultrasound now, to see if it’s formed properly.

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By pregnancy week 23 you must have gained about 15 to 20 pounds. This also brings in a visible change in the 23 weeks pregnant belly. Your uterus is probably about 1.5 inches above your navel. You may notice that your ankles and feet start to well a bit in the coming weeks or months, especially at the end of the day or during the heat of summer. You can as well feel comfortable by wearing loose clothes or trousers and make sure you clean your vagina from time to time.

Most Common Symptoms When 23 Weeks Pregnant

With all the extra weight that you’re carrying around, you may find that you’re feeling less graceful on your feet. You might even feel very unbalanced. Remember to take it easy and to get as much rest as you can. You may notice some bleeding when you brush your and there is nothing to worry about it as it is a very common problem. Pregnancy hormones at times will make your gums swell and thus they become inflamed. These are some of the most common 23 weeks pregnant symptoms. If you notice any swelling on your hands or face or any puffiness near your eyes then you certainly need to consult your doctor.

23 Weeks Pregnant Belly

At 23 weeks pregnant, you should take some time to yourself and enjoy feeling your little one moving about in the womb.

With nearly three months left to your pregnancy try to enjoy the moment. To help you cope with swelling during pregnancy, you should avoid sitting or standing in one place for too long, pop up your feet when you’re sitting or lying down. You can exercise regularly to help improve your circulation.

The Importance Of Ultrasounds At 23 Weeks

It is unlikely that you will have an ultrasound at 23 weeks of pregnancy, unless there is cause for concern with your baby. If that is the case, then the ultrasound will simply determine whether your baby and body continue to develop in an expected way. You may have problems with amniotic fluid, your baby might not grow quickly enough, or perhaps there is a problem with the placenta. During ultrasound, measurements will be taken to detect the development of any of those issues. If you do need more regular ultrasounds, it is hugely important that you meet all of your appointments.

Belly Size At 23 Weeks Pregnant

At 23 weeks, your baby will be the size of a sweet potato. Both the baby’s hearing and brain will be more developed and he or she may even recognize your voice. It will be around 1.10 lbs. in weight and some 11.38″ in length. You will likely start experiencing some back pain at this point. If it is in your lower back, then it is probably due to posture. A lot of women push their pregnant bump forward, particularly because it is now getting really visible. If the pain is in your upper back, the pain can be caused simply by the weight of your belly, and that of your growing breasts.

About the author

Stephanie McClane

Hi, I’m Stephanie. I graduated college with a business degree and a minor in biology. I met my husband at a business convention and was happily marriage and pregnant within the first two years after saying the words “ I do”.

Jennifer is the eldest of the three. Being pregnant with her, my first, I researched everything pregnancy related and read nearly every book. Giving birth to Anthony and Matty seemed more natural and less stressful the third time around.

I’m happy to share what knowledge I have gathered and learn new things from other mothers. From morning sickness to Anencephaly, or potty training to thumb sucking, I have books and resource guides to share.

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