Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Week 23

This is a significant phase of your pregnancy as the baby is getting ready for the big debut. It is listening in on what’s happening in the outside world. This is also the perfect time to prepare nursery and get it painted. Stock it with diapers! Take a check with your insurance company and savings account.

Your Baby

The baby now measures the size of a grapefruit! It is at about 10.5 to 11.8 inches and about 12.7 to 20.8 ounces. The face is fully formed. Your baby listens to your voice and your heartbeat. Strange as it may sound, the baby can even hear loud sounds such as cars honking and dogs barking!!!! Really!!

Your Body

You may notice some bleeding when you brush your teeth. This is a common pregnancy complaint (along with nosebleeds). The pregnancy hormones are responsible for making your gums swell and get inflamed. This leads to frequent bleeding when you clean your teeth. You need to brush and floss regularly in a gentle manner.

Pregnancy Symptoms Week 23

At week 23, you will suffer from swollen ankles and feet. This is normal. However, you may call the doctor if you feel the problem is extreme or unbearable. The Braxton Hicks contractions continue to bother you. Be sure to drink plenty of water and change positions frequently to stay comfortable. The back ache will also linger on for a while. You would also experience bleeding and/or swollen gums due to pregnancy hormones.

Nutrition

You will feel hungrier as your pregnancy advances. Strictly avoid eating for two. Understand that it is the quality of food you take that counts that the quantity. You may require changing the proportions of various foods that you eat rather than the quantity. The idea is to increase the intake of specific nutrients. Add iron rich nutrients to your diet plan. Increase the intake of water, fruits and vegetables.

Tips

It is the perfect time to prepare yourself for birth. Try attending an antenatal class to prepare for birth. These classes cover pregnancy and all aspects of labour and childbirth. It will also teach you about breastfeeding and baby care.  If you suffer from varicose veins during pregnancy, avoid sitting with your legs crossed. You need to rest, with your legs raised, as often as you can. Go for support tights. For varicose veins in your perineal area, talk to your doctor.

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