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23 Weeks Pregnant

September 20, 2019

23 Weeks Pregnant

23 Weeks Pregnant
23 Weeks Pregnant

How Big is Your Baby at 23 Weeks?

Your baby is 11.4 inches long and weighs 1.1 pounds this week. That’s about the size of Cher’s phone in Clueless.

Here’s what to know when you’re 23 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby’s Development at 23 Weeks

Fun fact: Your baby is still transparent at 23 weeks—but that will soon change as they begin to store fat. Here are some other interesting developments with baby this week.

  • Breathing practice: Blood vessels in baby’s lungs are developing to help them breathe. (While in utero, they’re breathing amniotic fluid.)
  • Major growth: In the next month your baby will grow significantly, doubling in weight in only four weeks by gaining about six ounces per week.
  • Strong heartbeat: When you’re 23 weeks pregnant, your baby’s heartbeat is so strong you could hear it through a stethoscope.

Fun Fact

Your baby can hear your voice and even some loud sounds around you, like your phone ringing or the tea kettle whistling.

23 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 23

Photo by Tommy’s

Your Body: Pregnancy Symptoms at 23 Weeks

From leaking breasts to swelling to the constant need to pee, you may have a lot going on right now! Here’s the breakdown on some of what you may be experiencing at 23 weeks pregnant.

  • Leaky boobs: As your boobs morph from decoration to lactation, you may notice they leak a little colostrum, or pre-milk. (Some nursing pads may come in handy.)
  • Darker nipples: Your nipples may also start to darken and stick out more. Totally normal. They’ll return to their lighter color when you’re done breastfeeding.
  • Swollen feet and ankles: Pregnant women tend to retain water, which causes mild swelling. To deal with it, prop up your feet when you sit, change positions often and exercise regularly. Also, while it seems counterintuitive, drink plenty of water to reduce risk of water retention. Severe or sudden swelling is cause for concern, since it could be a sign of preeclampsia. Notify your healthcare provider if you’re concerned.
  • Strange cravings: Pregnant women are known for their food cravings, but what if you’ve got a hankering for something that’s not food? Tell your doctor! Non-food cravings sometimes can be a symptom of a condition called pica. If you’re craving something odd, like dirt, clay or salt, it may be a sign of low iron or another nutritional deficiency. Your healthcare provider can test you and treat you so you go back to craving things like ice cream again.
  • Frequent bathroom breaks: Your baby is growing enough to start putting pressure on your bladder. It is very common to need to pee frequently or even leak a little.

Pelvic Floor Exercises

Kegels anyone? Pregnancy and childbirth can weaken the pelvic floor, the muscles that surround the vaginal and anal area. You probably don’t think about these down-there muscles much, but you should exercise them before and after you give birth.

Kegel exercises can help with common pregnancy and postpartum symptoms like poor bladder control and hemorrhoids. Start doing them now! Lift and squeeze your pelvic floor muscles like you’re holding your pee (but do it on with an empty bladder). Hold for five to 10 seconds and repeat 10 to 20 times. An easy way to remember—do them when you brush your teeth twice a day.

Let’s Talk Discharge

Don’t mean to make it weird, but sometimes you need someone to tell you what’s going on in your undies. It’s normal to have an increase in vaginal discharge during pregnancy. (It’s called leukorrhea.)

But there are some things to look out for:

  • Fishy-smelling discharge after sex: This is a sign of bacterial vaginosis, a common vaginal infection.
  • Yellow-green, brown, green, pink-tinged or yellow discharge: These could mean you have an STD.
  • Continuous clear fluid: This could be your amniotic sac ruptured. Unsure whether it’s a little bladder leakage or amniotic fluid? Usually amniotic fluid is odorless and either comes in a gush or a trickle that doesn’t stop. If you suspect it’s amnio, call your healthcare provider immediately.
  • Itchiness: It may be related to bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection or an STD. Get it checked out.

All these issues are treatable, so call your doctor if you think something’s up.

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You only have 17 more weeks to go!

Your Life at 23 Weeks Pregnant

You’re well past the midway point, but there are still many weeks to go. Keep busy with play dates, fun workouts and thrilling reads.

  • Top tip: You may not be up to your pre-pregnancy social life, but it’s good for the soul to spend time with your nearest and dearest. Once you throw kids into the mix, it’s natural for friendships to shift and evolve, but the stronger the foundation, the more likely you and your friends will weather the season of parenthood together.
  • Play day: Plan a day that’s just for you (though friends or partners can join, if you want them to). Head to the beach, have a movie marathon or partake in your favorite craft. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it’s something that makes you feel good.
  • Get physical: If yoga isn’t your thing, don’t worry. There are more ways to get your fitness on, even as your belly grows. Look for alternative prenatal classes in your area, head to the community pool or hit a well-paved hiking trail. If weather has you stuck at home, search online for pregnancy mat Pilates videos (like this one).
  • Books we love: Need a distraction? Love thrillers? You won’t want to put these reads down: The Silent Patient, The Mother-in-Law, Watching You.

Your 23 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Weight gain should keep steady at about a pound per week now and until you give birth. Fundal height—the distance between your pubic bone and the top of the uterus—at 23 weeks is usually around 21 to 25 centimeters.

At 23 weeks your baby is probably giving you little kicks and jabs. As they wiggle around, you might even see your whole belly move. That can be pretty amazing.

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23 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Pick a car seat.
  • Catch up with a close friend over coffee or boba.
  • Watch this funny video together about the weird things pregnant couples do.
  • Run down your maternity leave to-do list, and make a plan to finish what’s left by around week 36. You never know—you could give birth early!
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