Your Pregnancy at Week 23

Your Pregnancy at Week 23

You should be well and truly feeling those kicks now!

Week 23

your baby this week:

With slightly less room to kick around in, those feelings should be much more pronounced as their arms and legs get stronger and stronger.

Be careful what you say now though, as the baby is listening to every word! They will get used to daily sounds and will recognise your favourite music, as well as the sound of yours and your partner's voices.

This week marks the point where a large amount of weight gain will likely begin for your baby. Their weight will likely double over the next four or so weeks. With this, will come some saggy skin due to skin developing faster than fat, however in their face, a pinky red hue will emerge thanks to the development of veins and arteries close beneath the skin's surface.

your body:

As you head towards the end of the second trimester, and the end of month 5, you may start to experience some practise contractions also known as 'Braxton Hicks'. These tightenings can be a little alarming at first, as your stomach can go rock hard. However, they shouldn’t be too painful and should come and go at irregular intervals.

A new thing you may notice around this time is some skin discoloration occurring between your belly button and pubic area, this is, like with many pregnancy symptoms, because of various pregnancy hormones. This is called the 'linea negra'. Do you know the old wives' tale about gender predictions from that line? Apparently, if it doesn't go beyond your belly button, you may be having a girl! Obviously, as with any old wives' tale, there is not much proof of this, but it's fun trying to guess if you don't know already!

Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife

Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.

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your tips & to do's:

Have you started a baby registry? A fun distraction from all negative symptoms of pregnancy at week 23 is starting or working on your baby registry. Have fun browsing the many adorable baby products available nowadays. A registry is s a great way to let your friends and family know exactly what you need - and want - for your little one. You may be drawn to the toys or clothing, but be sure to include supplies, such as diapers and baby wipes. You'll be amazed at the number of diapers your baby will go through!

You've also been literally connected with your little one since the first moment you discovered you were pregnant. After carrying your baby, every hour of every day for about ten months, it may be difficult to put any distance between you two after birth. There is a product you can add to your baby registry to ease your mind and any separation anxiety: a baby monitor. The most basic type of baby monitor has a transmitter, which stays near your baby and pick up any noises made, and one or two receivers, which allow you to listen. Some models include flashing lights and battery powered portability in its the design. Other upgraded models come with a sensor that fits underneath the crib mattress and detects movement, even sounding an alarm if movement stops altogether for a specified period of time.

Finally, there are video monitors.

With these, when you hear a noise, you can peek in on your baby and actually see what’s going on. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. Will hearing every noise make you want to visually check on things throughout night? If your baby scoots away from the sensor and sets off the alarm, will it cause more anxiety than necessary or wake the entire house? Or do you see yourself sitting, staring at your cute little angel sleeping in the other room, for hours? Consider your needs to find the best choice for you. Do your research and ask other parents what they used.

Another great product to research and select this week is your baby's car seat!

Write in your pregnancy journal.

your symptoms

Here is a list of some symptoms you could experience this week.

  • Swelling, or edema, in your ankles and/or feet
  • Stretch marks and/or unwanted hair growth
  • Thicker hair
  • Stronger nails
  • Braxton Hicks
  • Bleeding and/or swollen gums
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Backaches and/or leg cramps
  • Crazy dreams
  • Fetal activity

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