Then, you are now at 23 weeks pregnant – a little past the halfway point of the pregnancy. This time, you are probably looking pregnant while your baby is growing quickly. Therefore, you are quite able to get comments about looking too thin or too big. Hopefully, you look attractive and glowing. It is quite easy to recognize that you gain weight steadily each week that is to be expected as your baby gains weight very quickly, too! Make sure to keep you in a healthy weight range by sticking to a balanced diet and moderate exercise.
Of course, expectant mothers seem to be quite busy between keeping up with their daily life and preparing for the new arrival of their angels. Luckily, they can still feel very strong and energetic at that time. Try to take it easy and have a deep rest on the weekends while still maintaining some regular exercise.
In case you have any question about where you’re on the healthy weight gain spectrum, then it is time to talk to your healthcare provider or midwife. To be sure, everyone has an opinion. However, the advice from a trusted doctor should be the one you listen to most.
23 Weeks Pregnant – Changes in your body
Around this time, indigestion and heartburn are what you can suffer from. Since your uterus is above your belly button, it is likely to push up against your stomach and your esophagus. Amazingly, you might even have lost as much as 5 centimeters of space in these areas by the end of your pregnancy
Moreover, your progesterone levels are also extremely high. The high levels of progesterone can cause the stomach to even empty into the small intestine more slowly as well as delay the closing of the activity between both the stomach and the esophagus. As a result, this may cause acids to build up in the stomach and then back up into the esophagus.
To relieve the unpleasant signs, over the counter heartburn medicines can be a good choice. To ensure the safety, you can speak with your doctor about how to manage these symptoms. Don’t eat right before going bed because lying down can make such symptoms worse. At 23 weeks pregnant development, some of the pregnant women now notice the start of a dark brown line down the centre of their belly. In fact, it is always been there. Nevertheless, pregnancy does cause hyper pigmentation which makes it noticeable. There is no need to worry. It’ll fade after your kid is born.
Along with indigestion and heartburn, you can also realize a little swelling in your feet and ankles. It is time to set aside some favorite pre-pregnancy shoes in the stores for awhile. Of course, don’t feel surprised if your feet have flattened and lengthened after your delivery. New shoes are a must during that time.
At 23 weeks, average weight gain is about 5 to 6.5 kilograms. This weight gain can lead to stretch marks on your belly, breasts and even thighs. In addition, your breasts may begin to produce colostrum this week. It is simply an early form of breast milk which is a little thicker than what you may produce after birth.
23 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms of pregnancy
At 23 weeks pregnant, you can experience the following symptoms:
- Increase appetite
- Nasal congestion
- Frequent urination
- Colostrum production
- Slight swelling in feet and ankles
23 Weeks Pregnant – Your baby development
My baby at 23 weeks is about is about 28-31 centimeters in length, weighs about between 370 and 566 grams, and equal to around the size of a large grapefruit. In general, his/her skin begins to thicken and turns more opaque. As capillaries form, it will also start to become pinker. Interestingly, all of his/her muscles work and begin to coordinate. Therefore, moms can even notice more definite movements, rather than simply the fluttering feeling.
A special substance in your little one’s lungs starts to be produced in preparation for breathing in the outside world. Actually, such substance is indeed surfactant. If a pregnant woman goes into preterm labor (before 36 weeks), then she tends to be given steroids by injection. This helps the baby increase surfactant levels. This week, he/she may also hear really well and even feel your movement. Moreover, in the weeks to come your kid is quieter during that day when you move around. That’s because your body movements are really comforting and soothing.
It is also worth pointing out that your baby has also developed an obvious sleep–wake cycle. Unfortunately, such cycle is set to his/her schedule, not on your own. So, there will be times where he/she is active and awake, and other times when he/she is resting and. Be prepared for him/her to possibly do some unnamed dancing when you lie down to sleep. Sometimes, mamas can even wake their baby up by their movements or just by sounds around them. Make sure to watch out and see whether your bump moves when you drink an icy glass of water or have a warm bath.
What should you do?
If you have not already, 23 weeks pregnant is still ideal to get into the habit of staying well-hydrated. We all know that water is best. However, vegetables or fruit juices, and milk are fine as well. In addition, drinking milk also helps to meet your calcium intake requirement every day.
Lots of herbal teas are also safe for expectant mothers. To ensure the safety, you should discuss with your healthcare provider about which teas are particularly okay. In the current markets, teas made with red raspberry leaf tend to be associated with both of the healthy pregnancies and deliveries.
Finally, staying hydrated does help you stay away from uterine cramping, headaches, and urinary tract infections. Pale-yellow or clear urine is a good sign of adequate hydration, while orange-brown or bright yellow urine is a sign that you’re clearly dehydrated.