Week 23 of Pregnancy: All You Need to Know

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During pregnancy, the woman’s body will undergo different changes – some of which she might not be aware of. Other changes might be seen, while some can be felt. The baby in the mother’s womb continues to develop day by day. But what happens on week 23 of pregnancy baby development? What are the pregnancy symptoms you will feel during this time? What do you need to do to make sure you and your baby are healthy?

At week 23 of pregnancy baby development, you might be surprised to know that your baby is still transparent, but will eventually change as the baby starts to store fat. The bones and organs of the baby are still visible through the translucent skin. Also, because of the recent ear development, your baby can already hear you. This is the perfect time to start talking to your baby. You and your partner can also give your baby a daily treat by singing or reading to him.

At this point, your baby looks like a newborn, but a bit skinnier. Your baby is about 30cm and roughly the size of a large mango fruit

In addition, the baby’s eyes are fully formed as well, though it cannot distinguish color just yet. The baby’s heartbeat is also strong enough now that you can hear it through a stethoscope.

You will also start to feel the baby kick. It may be possible to see your baby moving under your clothes especially when active. You may also feel your baby jump because of loud or sudden noises, such as when you sneeze. 

By week 23 of pregnancy baby development, your baby’s lungs are continuously developing. In a few weeks, your baby will be practicing inhaling and exhaling in the womb. 

Body & Life Changes

On week 23 of pregnancy baby development, you may have gained weight, around 10 to 15 pounds. It is best to ask your healthcare provider to make sure that your pregnancy weight gain is healthy. Listening to the advice of your healthcare provider will keep you on track.

When needed, your physician may suggest adjusting your diet and exercising more if you are gaining excess weight. It is beneficial to gain weight that is within the normal range in order for you to more easily shed those extra pounds after giving birth.

By week 23 of pregnancy baby development, you will also probably start to feel the movement of your baby. But some expectant mothers may need to wait a bit longer.

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Pregnancy hormones affect your mood. Staying active is a great way to improve your mood as your body releases hormones called endorphins, which are responsible for making you feel good. Exercise will not only help you sleep better, but it can prevent depression and anxiety. 

At week 23 of pregnancy baby development, you will need to watch your salt and caffeine intake. As always, it is best to talk with your healthcare provider regarding the foods you should and should not eat. There will also be foods you can only eat in moderation throughout your whole pregnancy.

During week 23 of pregnancy baby development, your body will go through numerous changes. You will start to feel the presence of your little one in your belly. At this stage, your body is also beginning to prepare for lactation, while your baby develops his lungs. You need to be extra careful about your food intake and need to stay active. Eating healthy food and not forgetting to take your vitamins will help you achieve a healthy pregnancy.

Hello Health Group does not offer any advice, diagnosis, or medical treatment.

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