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What Your Baby and Body Look Like at 23 Weeks Pregnant

What Your Baby and Body Look Like at 23 Weeks Pregnant

At 23 weeks pregnant, you're getting closer to the end of the second trimester. There's going to be a lot going on with your body, so you're sure to have a lot of questions and maybe a few concerns. We've got a lot of info in this article for you, so read on to find out all about you and your baby at 23 weeks pregnant.

Key Points

  • You may begin experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions. This is your body's way of preparing for labor and childbirth.
  • You may have trouble sleeping at this stage. Make sure you're sleeping on your side, and use a pregnancy pillow to relieve pressure.
  • Your baby now weighs a little over one pound and measures about 11.5 inches from head to toe!

Body Changes at 23 Weeks Pregnant

At 23 weeks pregnant, Braxton Hicks contractions may start appearing now. They are usually tightenings in your lower abdomen similar to menstrual cramps. These contractions may last from 15 seconds to one minute- keep track of them. You need to inform your doctor if they last longer than an hour or become more intense. Their purpose is to begin preparing your body for labor and birth.

As you get closer to your delivery date you may have trouble sleeping. Anxiety, frequent urination, heartburn, indigestion, leg cramps, and general discomfort can contribute to sleeplessness. Because your hormones are in overdrive, you may also be experiencing mood swings. As your belly grows, your skin may become dry and itchy. Remember to hydrate yourself and your skin. Drink lots of water and use a good lotion on your belly to help prevent itching and stretch marks.

Many doctors recommend that pregnant women sleep on their sides (not their backs or their 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. A pregnancy pillow is wonderful for this. They are specifically designed for a pregnant woman's body and provide comfort to the places you need it most.

If you are experiencing aches in the small of your back, lying down, getting massages, and applying a heating pad or hot water bottle to the area can help. Don't take any pain medication without consulting your doctor, as this could harm your baby.

Your Baby's Growth at 23 Weeks Pregnant

At 23 weeks pregnant, your baby weighs a little over one pound and measures about 11.5 inches from head to toe. Your baby will begin to move the muscles in its fingers, toes, arms, and legs more regularly, which may cause you to feel more forceful movements in your abdomen. From this point on your baby will start gaining approximately six ounces of weight per week.

Your baby's eyebrows and eyelashes are forming, and the facial features such as lips and eyes are becoming more distinct. The bones in your baby's middle ear begin to harden. Your baby's body is becoming more proportioned.

Things to Do at 23 Weeks Pregnant

At 23 weeks pregnant, there's some things you're going to want to do and continue doing to ensure you and your baby remain as healthy as possible. When in doubt, always speak with your doctor. They're the best resource for you throughout your pregnancy, and can answer any and all questions you have.

Get enough exercise. Low-impact, low intensity workouts are very beneficial to you and your baby's health. At this stage, you should be getting around 150 minutes, or two and a half hours, of exercise. Walking is a great way to exercise while pregnant, but don't overdo it. Talk to your doctor first before starting any exercise other than walking, and listen to your body.

Continue avoiding alcohol, tobacco, recreational drugs, and caffeine. All of these substances are potentially harmful to your baby; they can cause severe developmental issues or even death. If you're struggling to avoid these substances during your pregnancy, then speak to your doctor. They can provide guidance and assistance with this issue.

Keep your emotional and mental well-being in check. Excessive anxiety or stress are bad for you and your baby. Try to limit stressful activities as much as possible, and learn ways to manage existing or unavoidable stress. Set boundaries in your relationships, and don't be afraid to say no. Your friends and family will understand, and your baby will thank you for it. If your stress or anxiety is becoming unbearable, speak with a counselor or your doctor.

Guard your health. Your immune system is compromised while pregnant, so it's very important to be careful. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds, and carry hand sanitizer around with you to use after leaving public places. Try to avoid crowded areas, or places where you'd likely come in contact with disease. Avoid traveling to any location where Zika virus has been recorded. Make sure you're eating correctly to keep your immune system as strong as possible.


So there you have it. Everything you need to know about being 23 weeks pregnant. We hope this article was helpful for you! If you have any further questions or concerns, please speak with a qualified medical professional. There's lots to think about and wonder while pregnant! Feel free to check out some of the other articles we have on pregnancy, childbirth, and life with a newborn.

The information in this article should not be taken as professional medical or legal advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor for any medical questions or concerns. Always seek the advice of a qualified attorney for any legal questions or concerns. Moms Who Think is not responsible for any outcomes that may arise as a result of actions taken based on information we provide. It is your responsibility to do your own research and to take the appropriate measures to protect your health. It is also your responsibility to do your own research regarding legal matters.

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