23 Weeks Pregnant: Your 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
Your Baby’s Development
Even though fat is beginning to build up on your baby’s body, the skin still hangs loosely, giving your baby a wrinkled appearance. Your baby’s daily workout routine includes moving the muscles in the fingers, toes, arms, and legs regularly. As a result, you may feel more forceful movements.
Watch Your Baby GrowBy now your baby weighs a little more than 1 pound (454 grams). If preterm labor and delivery happened this week, a baby could survive with expert medical care, but might have mild to severe disabilities. With increasing research and knowledge in the field of fetal medicine, the long-term prognosis for premature babies (preemies) improves every year.
The closer you get to your delivery date, the more trouble you may have sleeping. Anxiety, getting up to pee, heartburn, leg cramps, and general discomfort can mean a short night’s sleep. But your baby’s health and your own depend on you getting enough rest. Try a warm bath, soothing music, a relaxing book, or a cup of herbal tea to put you in the mood to snooze.
Many doctors recommend that pregnant women sleep on their sides, not their backs or stomachs, so that blood flow to the placenta is not restricted. If you find this uncomfortable, try placing a pillow between your knees to relieve the pressure of your weight while lying on your side.
Pregnancy symptoms at 23 weeks
If you’re suffering from constipation or feeling sluggish, it could be caused by the pregnancy hormone progesterone. When you’re expecting, food moves more slowly through your gut, which makes it difficult for you to poo. As your baby grows, he’ll put pressure on your rectum, which can also slow your system down. You may find constipation embarrassing, but almost half of all pregnant women suffer from it at some point during pregnancy, so you’re not alone.
Eating more fibre and plenty of fruit and veg will help to keep everything moving and prevent bloating. Upping your fluid intake will also help to keep your stools soft. Staying active can also help, as well as making you feel fitter. Avoid taking iron supplements unless they’re prescribed. Our remedies for pregnancy constipation should help you to feel more comfortable.
Straining to poo can sometimes cause piles or anal fissures, which can add to your discomfort. If you have any bleeding from your bottom, mention it to your midwife at your next appointment, or see your GP.
What you need to know at 23 weeks pregnant
Your baby is starting to recognize the distinctive sound of your voice. You and your partner can build on this familiarity by singing him lullabies and talking to him regularly while he’s in the womb (uterus). You may even find that singing the same lullabies to him, once he’s born, will help to settle him more quickly.