23rd Week Pregnancy - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes

23rd week pregnancy

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There you are! Now you have been comfortably launched into the 23rd week of pregnancy. By now you must have bonded well with your growing baby, and the love you feel for her must be stronger than any emotion you have ever experienced in your life. Amazing, isn’t it?

Once you decide to be a mommy, you can never seem to do enough for your baby, even if it takes a toll on you.

23 Weeks Pregnant:

This urge to do everything right for your little one begins right from the moment you know you are pregnant. You want to eat right, you want to sleep right and you want to ensure your lifestyle is perfect, so that your baby is in the best of shape, even before birth. And of course, who can forget that urge to shop for the best of things for your soon-to-arrive baby, right?

This week, your body and your baby are going through some interesting changes.

Changes In Your Body During 23rd Week of Pregnancy:

Remember that pregnancy is a time that every woman experiences differently, and

the body changes can also be very different. You do not have to make transformations to your lifestyle or diet by what you hear from others. You should pay heed to only what your healthcare provider tells you.

One certain change you can see in your body is the shape and size. Your bump seems to grow every day unlike the initial days when you could not feel it for quite few weeks. On an average you must have gained around 5-7 kg in weight by now.

Check out here what happens in 23rd week of pregnancy:

1. Growth Of Uterus:

Your uterus has grown enough to extend nearly 1 ½ inches above your belly button.

  • Unfortunately the underside of your uterus sits directly on your bladder, making you leak urine at times. This is entirely normal.
  • The amniotic fluid is often an odorless fluid. Do not forget to check the leakage, especially if it continues for a longer period.

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2. Changes In Blood Volume:

You may be rushing to the restroom more often as there is increase in blood volume in the lower part of your body.

  • The increased blood flow will make you feel like urinating frequently, besides increasing your vaginal discharge.
  • This is also entirely normal, unless there is a major bleeding and you feel any discomfort. In that case, immediately get in touch with your doctor.

3. Dream Weaver:

Do you appear to have turned into some kind of a dream weaver all of a sudden? Not to worry. Weird and fantasy ridden dreams are another part of your second trimester in pregnancy.

  • Your baby may or may not be a part of your dreams, but if she makes her appearance, she will never be the dream girl you expect her to be in your dream.
  • Your dreams will not even come close to your everyday experiences, but will be set in some worried or fantasy land.
  • It is said that the increased brain activity during your pregnancy is responsible for the dreams.
  • Do not try to interpret these dreams as some signs of things to come or connect them with anything. They are just dreams which should be enjoyed if possible or forgotten without giving it a second thought.

4. Bundle Of Nerves:

Yes. There are times when you will feel like a bundle of nerves ready to fall apart. No wonder.

  • Since, the bundle of joy started growing in your womb there have been changes in every part of ‘YOU’.
  • You have to deal with mental, emotional, hormonal, relationship and physical changes during your pregnancy.
  • It is not easy to be someone else of a sudden; moreover you have to deal with a great responsibility of keeping your baby safe.
  • Naturally, you would feel nervous. Just breathe deeply and relax. This too shall pass.

5. Pummeling Of Ribs:

We know you do not want to blame your tiny baby for those sore ribs.

  • It is a fact that with the space to move in, your baby can pummel your ribs and internal organs with great powerful punches and kicks.
  • You may suffer sore ribs due to this occasionally.

6. Risk Of Pre-term Labor:

Do not panic if you experience pre-term labor.

  • Managing the situation is easier if you are cool and relaxed.
  • Just drink some water and rest for a while, until the phase passes away.
  • You can also lie down on your bed and elevate your lower body to reduce the risk of pre-term birth.
  • If the problem persists, get in touch with your healthcare provider immediately. You may need medication and hospital care to keep your pregnancy safe.