This wonderful second trimester goes on. Many mothers note that they have never had such thick hair and such radiant skin. And you should say “thank you” to your hormones, which, as you see, can bring you not only toxemia.
Your baby is as big – As an EGGPLANT
LENGTH – 11.03 in – WEIGHT- 14.32 lb
23 Weeks Pregnant: Signs and Symptoms
You notice changes in your own body: some moms are incredibly pleased with it, while others have not yet become accustomed to their new appearance, and an increased belly has particular importance for some women who are 23 weeks pregnant. Therefore, some mothers-to-be are active, confident, they radiate light and beauty, while the other moms are embarrassed about their new shapes and changed gait. Today, almost any mother can go to a psychologist, and a lot of things in your head will be put in order.
Treat yourself as a mother, who protects her child now. This means there must be no stress, no silly thoughts, and groundless worries.
During this period, your skin is very sensitive to ultraviolet rays, so any sunburn can lead to increased pigmentation. Most likely, you have dark nipples, and the strip in the lower abdomen has become darker. It’s all right.
A woman may notice how quickly her hair and nails grow. Indeed, hormones gave you this perfect opportunity to improve your hairstyle and manicure.
Wear only comfortable clothes and shoes, emphasize your special state with beautiful things.
What is Happening Inside of You?
Mostly, women feel fine now. However, there may be some discomfort. Often there are pains in the sacrum, or in the womb, if they are not too bad, do not worry about it. But if the pain makes you suffer, it is necessary to tell your doctor about it.
There may be a heaviness in the legs due to your ligament’s stretch. Choose shoes with orthopedic insoles, let your legs relax, do not walk for a long time, and do not stand for a long time.
At this stage, some women may suffer from varicose veins. The reason for that – is relaxed vascular walls. It is important to notice it in time and try to minimize the possible complications.
23 Weeks Pregnancy Ultrasound
A complete blood count and urinalysis – are the most common tests at this stage. But if you haven’t done yet the second ultrasound, you should do it right now.
In addition to assessing the state of the placenta, the amniotic fluid, the presence/absence of fetal malformations, it is possible to determine the sex of your child. Now, determining the duration of pregnancy is more difficult, so you can’t skip the first ultrasound.
Fetus on the Twenty-Third Week of Pregnancy
During this period, many mothers can feel not just the toddler’s movement, but they can feel whether it is a heel or an elbow. Sometimes, these movements may become so strong that even cause some inconvenience.
At this stage of pregnancy, the development of a fetus is gradual, your baby grows, his weight increases, the senses are being developed. Studies show that a child at the age of 23 fetal weeks can already see dreams! Moreover, his movements become more coordinated, he is interested in the world around him – he pulls the cord, touches his body.
Your baby is still very thin, like a little old man. He opened his eyes, he is able to distinguish between light and darkness. Your kid is still afraid of sharp sounds, noise, he likes your quiet voice and lullabies.
23 Weeks Pregnant Belly Pictures
Check out what the bellies look like at the twenty-third week of pregnancy.
Weight Gain: Choose Healthy Food
Constipation, heartburn, hemorrhoids – are not rare phenomena at this stage. Do not eat anything that theoretically can lead to such unpleasant phenomena. Try to avoid fried, spicy, smoked, sweet food. Do not forget about extra pounds: weight gain up to 6.5kg is considered to be normal at this stage of pregnancy. Excessive weight can cause certain diseases, and the very course of pregnancy will proceed much harder.
Eat cereals, wholegrain bread, beef, and boiled fish. Do not drink sugary drinks, and exclude fast food.
Born in Belarus, 1985, a pedagogue and family psychologist, mother. Taking part in procedures of social adaptation of the foster children in new families. Since 2015 is a chief editor of the motherhow.com project, selecting the best and up-to-date material for those, who are planning, expecting, and already having babies.