23 Weeks Pregnant – What Happens When You’re 23 Weeks Pregnant

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23 Weeks Pregnant – What Happens When You’re 23 Weeks Pregnant

23 weeks pregnant

Welcome to your twenty-third week of pregnancy! Your pregnancy is in full swing and your baby is growing quickly. You are likely quite busy between keeping up with your normal life and preparing for life with baby. You may still be feeling very energetic, or you may have started to feel your energy wane a bit lately. If so, it might be time to take it easy on the weekends, but don’t forget to continue to get some regular exercise.

Moderate exercise, like walking or swimming, will help you to have more energy throughout your pregnancy. It can also ease some of your aches and pains and prevent too much weight gain. In addition, regular exercise keeps your upper leg and pelvic muscles strong. You’ll need that strength when it comes time to deliver.

23 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

Weight gain is likely steady every week at about 226 grams. For some women it will increase to about double that very soon. You should expect to gain weight each week now, because your baby is gaining weight.

Indigestion and heartburn are likely significant parts of your life right now. Your uterus is pushing up against your stomach and your oesophagus. By the end of your pregnancy, you may have lost as much as five centimetres of space in these areas.

In addition, your progesterone levels are very high. High levels of progesterone cause the stomach to empty into the small intestine more slowly and delay the closing of the activity between the stomach and the oesophagus. This causes acids to build up in the stomach and back up into the oesophagus. Over the counter heartburn medicines are safe for you. If these aren’t enough to manage your symptoms, talk to your doctor. And, be sure to avoid eating right before bed, as lying down worsens the symptoms.

Around this time, you may notice the start of a dark line down the centre of your belly. It’s actually always been there, but pregnancy is causing hyper pigmentation that makes it noticeable. It will fade after baby is born.

23 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby

This week, your baby probably weighs between 370 to 566 grams, and is about 28-31 cm long.

Baby’s skin is beginning to turn more opaque, because it is getting thicker. It will also begin to get pinker as capillaries form. All in all, your baby is beginning to look more like a newborn baby. Weight gain and definition of features will continue throughout the coming weeks. Her hearing is really good now. In addition to hearing your voice, she can hear noises around you, especially if they’re loud. All of these sounds are helping to prepare her for her entrance into the bright and loud world outside your womb. Since you are past your halfway point in the pregnancy, she is really preparing for her entrance. She just needs a little bit more time to get strong enough and big enough to survive out here.

Kelly Winder is a birth attendant (aka doula), the creator of BellyBelly and mum to three beautiful children. Follow Kelly on Google+ and become a fan of BellyBelly on Facebook. BellyBelly is also on Twitter. Please note that all of my suggestions and advice are of a generalised nature only and are not intended to replace advice from a qualified professional. BellyBelly.com.au – The Thinking Woman’s Website For Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Baby.


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