What to do when you’re 23 weeks pregnant? We’ll help you answer all your questions about Pregnancy in Week 23.
Your Baby in Week 23
Grow, little baby, grow!
At week 23, your little baby is already about 11 inches and a half. Every new week your baby looks more and more like an actual infant. Days of looking almost like an alien, C-shaped entity have waved good-bye. Your little soldier now weighs about 450 grams as he is accumulating fat all over. He is not the only one who has put on weight though. You too have probably put on about eight kilograms by now.
By week 23, we are confident that you have been feeling your little one move and wriggle around inside your body. We are also assuming that you have figured out your baby’s sleeping pattern by now. Studies have shown that most babies still follow the patterns they observed inside the womb even after they are born. Although their skin is still very translucent and saggy, it will soon start getting thicker. Your baby’s skin which appears reddish at this point of time grows faster than his fat.
Your baby is also learning how to practice breathing this week onwards as blood vessels in his little lungs continue to develop and his nostrils have two distinct holes on them. By week 23, lanugo (the thin hair covering your baby’s body) also starts to darken.
Your baby’s bone marrow now assumes the responsibility of making blood cells. Up until this point, this task was carried out by his liver and spleen. His heart, which has been quite famous for beating twice as fast as yours, is growing stronger every day. This ensures that blood is being pumped and circulated throughout his entire body.
Week 23 Symptoms
Either you are having that radiant pregnancy glow or you suddenly notice that your face has dark patches! Your skin will be quite sensitive and will react to even minor changes in your surroundings. You may notice small growths and thicker moles on your skin, and certain areas like arms and inner thighs may become darker than the usual color. Your breasts may have become darker too if you notice. Apart from the hormonal changes, your diet is also a deciding factor for these symptoms. Most of these marks will disappear after delivery.
Go easy on sugar, mainly chewing gums and sweets. Do remember to brush twice a day and maintain good dental hygiene.
This is mainly due to the swelling during pregnancy. Do learn to relax your hands if you’re at work for too long. Keep changing positions and see if you will like some stressbuster toys for your palms.
Do you know that pregnancy hormones have an impact on your whole body functions? The increased production of pregnancy hormones causes the gastrointestinal tract to relax and this slows down digestion. Though this allows the nutrients enough time to get to the baby, you may start feeling bloated because of this. Water intake is key here.
Do you feel like you can empty your whole fridge just in one meal? Of course you may be feeling so. Remember to eat right and exercise regularly. Avoid junk food as much as you can.
Your Body in Week 23
An overwhelming week! Feeling the kick?
Wow! Started feeling those baby kicks? It will be wonderful if your partner can feel them too. Are you recording the kicks already? That is a fun thing to do!
As much as pregnancy is about your growing baby, it is as much about you and your ever-changing body too. How are you holding up? Well, we have all the faith in the world that you are doing just fine.
The 23rd week of pregnancy does bring in some changes as well. You may have noticed that your face now features dark patches. This is called “chloasma”. Chloasma can be attributed to the hormonal changes in your body as well as to exposure to sunlight. These marks tend to disappear after delivery, so don’t worry about them.
Fluid build up
You may also start feeling like your palms are always itchy and there is always a tingling sensation in your hands. This generally occurs when there is a build-up of fluid in the tissue of your wrists.
Time for some yoga and pampering
Are you also too stressed about the weeks ahead? It is only natural to feel overwhelmed with so many changes happening to your body. Handle them gently and try to stay calm. This is a good time to practice some muscle relaxation techniques in yoga, if you have not already. We hope you have joined a prenatal yoga class. Trust us, thee classes will be highly beneficial for you, specially when you experience labor contractions. While at this, let us also remind you to go a nice relaxing massage. After all, you deserve to be pampered now, right?