23 Weeks Pregnant
— You may see the onset of Braxton Hicks contractions!
When you are 23 weeks pregnant, the problems of skin discoloration or stretch marks will become more apparent and they become the most distressing causes for most of the first time expecting women. Not only these conditions, you may also experience several changes in your body when you are preparing yourself for a well planned pregnancy.
This is the period for future mothers to relax and think about the consequence your action has on the little one. With the increased fetal movements, you may feel your abdomen like a wrestling ground and you may also feel difficult to rest particularly when the activity periods of the baby coincide with your sleep period.
Still there are many exciting developments happening in you and your baby. Continue reading to know more…
Symptoms experienced by a 23 weeks pregnant woman:
As the weeks pass, you may experience more trouble to sleep. The growing abdomen makes it really uncomfortable to sleep. The other pregnancy discomforts during this period include: heartburn, leg cramps, urination, indigestion and general discomfort. All these conditions can cause sleeplessness. Mood swings are also common during this time because of the higher levels of hormone production.
If you still experience pains and aches on your back, consider getting pregnancy massage, applying hot packs or laying down to reduce the discomfort.
Forgetfulness is also one of the symptoms of pregnancy. You may notice yourself consistently in forgetting the keys, appointments and where you parked the vehicle. This symptom is called as pregnancy brain which is mainly due to those annoying pregnancy hormones. Don’t worry about these symptoms as they are completely normal and avoid from being too hard on yourself.
Snoring is also a symptom that can disrupt your sleep. This condition is mainly due to nasal congestion, which is caused by additional weight and also inflamed mucus membranes in the nose. To avoid this kind of nasal noises, you can consider wearing a nasal strip when you are on the bed and also keep a humidifier in your bedroom.
Physical changes that occur in a 23 weeks pregnant woman:
At 23 weeks pregnant, you may feel the Braxton Hicks contractions, which are generally tightening in your lower abdomen much like menstrual cramps. You may feel these contractions for at least 15 seconds to one minute. If you notice these contractions for longer time or they become more severe, then you need to consult your doctor. The main reason for these contractions is to prepare your body for labor and birth.
Your skin may also become dry and itchy and the severity increases as each week passes. As your skin is stretching to accommodate with your growing belly, it is natural to feel itchiness and dryness of the skin. So, it is very essential to hydrate the skin and also yourself. Drinking more fluids and using a good lotion on your belly can greatly help to prevent stretch marks and also itchiness.
Most doctors suggest pregnant women to sleep on their sides. This helps to provide proper blood flow to the placenta. Even some women experience difficulty to sleep on their sides, during such cases, consider using a pregnancy pillow between the thighs. A comfortable pillow can reduce the pressure of the weight when you lay on your side.
You may observe some swelling in your ankles and feet due to the pressure caused by your over-sized uterus on the pelvic veins. This condition is usually known as pregnancy edema or foot and ankle edema during pregnancy. In this condition, the fluid circulation can restrict to only the lower part of the body.
Fetal changes that occur in a 23 weeks pregnant woman:
When you are 23 weeks pregnant, your baby is more than your foot length and weighs above a pound.
The baby’s bones continue to ossify and also the baby’s tiny taste buds begin to develop. Also the baby’s lungs start developing surfactant, which is a substance that aids lungs to expand after the birth.
Baby’s small veins are now apparent through his/her translucent and wrinkled skin. By this time, your baby’s body proportions are very much identical to the newborn but lacking the body fat.
Pancreas which is responsible for hormone production is developing and also the baby’s body starts producing insulin.
You can clearly see the baby’s fingernails and also various other body parts when you get the 23 weeks pregnant ultrasound scan.
The baby has well developed hearing system. He/she can clearly hear your voice, your heart beat and also your digestive noises.
Bones responsible for firmness of the ear are started developing. The baby is continuing to fill out and look much more proportional. Baby’s skin is becoming more wrinkled and looks red. This will be set once the baby secretes fat.
When you are 23 weeks pregnant, there is a chance for premature birth. When the baby is born between 23-26 weeks, the survival rate is only 15%. After 26 weeks, the survival rate increases to 80-90%.
What care should be taken by a 23 weeks pregnant woman?
In order to prevent pregnancy edema, avoid sitting for longer periods. Try to stay active as much as possible and this will help to prevent pregnancy cankles. Sit by keeping the feet somewhat elevated. The severity of edema is more at the end of the day, especially when you sit or stand for the whole day. Sitting with crossed legs can also aggravate the edemas.
Always try to stay hydrated because dehydration can result in premature birth. Drink warm milk prior going to bed as it will help you from heartburn.
Avoid staying in very hot conditions because hot weather can increase itchiness. Also, it is important to maintain proper balance between moments of rest and activity.
Have a wonderful journey of the pregnancy!! Go on to know more about the exciting things during pregnancy week 24…