Welcome to Week 23 of pregnancy. Remember we told you about your baby’s mission – to grow and to get bigger!?!?! Your baby has taken it way too seriously 😛 At 23 weeks, baby’s getting ready for his or her big debut by listening in on what’s going on in the outside world. Also, most people are beginning to notice your changing shape. Now let’s zoom-in to look at what exactly would be happening with you & your baby this week!
Your baby is as big as an Eggplant!
The average 23-week fetus measures 11.4 inches from head to foot and weighs 1.1 pounds. Yay! baby’s almost a foot long, and is finally able to be weighed in pounds! And baby’s not just getting bigger, he or she’s getting even cuter and starting to look more like a baby.
Now that bones in your baby’s ears have hardened, your baby can hear your voice. Give your baby a daily treat by reading, talking, or singing to her. The more your baby hears your voice, the more familiar it will be at birth!
Baby’s face is fully formed, however, it just needs a little extra fat to fill it out.
Your Pregnant Belly
A typical 23 weeks pregnant belly measures about 21 to 25 centimetres from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus. At 23 weeks pregnant, you’ve probably gained about 12 to 15 pounds. And if you’re 23 weeks pregnant with twins, you should have gained at least 23 pounds so far. By gaining the recommended amount of weight for a twin pregnancy, you’ll reduce your risk of preterm labour.
Many women are slightly anaemic before they get pregnant, and 20 percent of women are treated for iron-deficiency anaemia during pregnancy. Symptoms include fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, and fainting spells. You can treat anaemia by eating iron-rich foods like leafy greens, garden cress seeds, red meat, etc. Most women will also need to take supplemental iron, which is usually given as part of a prenatal vitamin.
If your blood pressure is too high, your doctor may keep an eye out for pre-eclampsia, a complication of pregnancy characterised by high blood pressure, oedema (swelling), and protein in the urine. This condition affects about 7 percent of pregnant women and catching it early is crucial. If left untreated, pre-eclampsia can cause decreased blood flow to your placenta. If you notice any of the symptoms of pre-eclampsia, including blurred vision, headaches, or sudden swelling in your feet and hands, call your doctor immediately!
Some puffiness is totally normal. Deal with it by putting your feet up as much as you can, taking regular walks, and drinking lots of water.
Sorry, but lingering backaches are to be expected, as your growing baby starts to bend your spine and stress your back muscles. Backaches are especially common for women who are 23 weeks pregnant with twins. Pain, on the other hand, could be cause for concern, so tell your Gynaecologist if it really hurts.
Your Week 23 Checklist!
- Read, talk, and sing to your baby.
- Check that your diet includes plenty of iron-rich foods.
- Try sleeping with a pillow between your knees for lower back support.
Present content is not a medical advise nor should it be substituted for one. Please consult a certified medical professional for medical consultation.