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23 Weeks Pregnant

23 Weeks Pregnant:

At pregnancy week 23 you are getting closer to the end of the second trimester. The baby now is the size of a mango. You have probably noticed all the movement from the baby.  

Your also starting to feel a lot more energize and the early symptoms are decreasing.

Baby Development During
The  23rd Week

The baby goes through many changes during the 23rd week of pregnancy. 

External Appearance

The baby face is almost completely developed. The external organs are all in the proper place.  The baby continues to grow fast from the developing fat.  The protective keratin layers starts emerging in week 23, which ultimately helps thicken his skin during pregnancy.

Internal Organ Development

Finally the baby’s lungs are ready for breathing after birth. Capillary vessels and pneumocytes start developing this week.  This week the vestibular system is developed; the baby can even sense your movements.

Sensory Organ Development

The inner ear bones are maturing this week.  During this week your baby’s hearing has improved. 

Fetal Movement

During week 23, you will no longer confuse the baby’s kick for bloating.  This week you will feel some mean punches, as your baby is getting stronger.  Many moms start noticing the baby’s hand or feet poke from inside your belly.

How Big Is Your Baby At 23 Weeks Pregnant?

The baby is around 11.3 inches crown to heel. The baby weighs around 1.10 pounds.

Belly And Body Changes In Week 23

The baby is developing more than before during week 23. You might feel bigger, the baby bump is a lot more noticeable, you might notice stretched skin around your back, belly, and breast. The uterus now is about 1.5 inches above your bellybutton.

Many of the early symptoms of pregnancy are diminishing and other symptoms are taking over.

Weight gain

A normal sustainable weight gain at normal should be around 12 to 14 pounds.  Other factors contribute in weight gain during pregnancy such as your metabolism, activity level, and your genetics. It’s important to keep your regular checkups in a regular basis with your doctor to measure your weight gain.

Many women report that in their second pregnancy they gain weight at a lot quicker. They also tend to gain much more weight in their second pregnancy.

23 Weeks Pregnant Tests
And Ultrasound

At week 23, the chances of high blood pressure are significantly higher. The doctor will monitor your blood pressure regularly.  At this stage of your pregnancy your blood sugar levels are constantly checked for diabetes.

Pregnancy Week 23 Signs
And Symptoms

During week 23, you will still experience signs and symptoms such as:

  • Braxton Hicks Contractions
  • Linea nigra
  • Edema of the legs and arms
  • Blurred vision
  • Leg cramps
  • Stretch marks
  • Congested nose
  • Mood swings
  • Back pain
  • Itchy skin
  • Round ligament pain
  • Bleeding gums
  • Depression

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