Pregnancy Week 23: Guide for Mothers
Did you know that your baby, who is only as large as a durian, can now sense your movements? As for you, mom, you may be experiencing frequent urination because your expanding uterus sits on your bladder. Take this as a sign that your baby's growth is on track.
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Your Baby's Development
In this week by week pregnancy guide, you'll learn that:
- Your baby's lungs are developing to prepare for breathing.
- The lanugo or the fine hair that covers his body may darken by now.
- His eyes are now completely formed, although they do not have any colour just yet. It is also now when he can open his eyes inside the womb.
- By this week, you can feel him moving through your womb. He maybe doing somersaults, too... but not for long.
- His vestibular system, the area in the brain responsible for sensing movement, is developing quickly now. This means he is already actively sensing all your physical movements.
- He also has developed a stable hearing sense.
- Babies born at 23 weeks can sometimes survive if they are given the right medical care in an intensive care unit.
- Boy, are you showing! Your uterus extends 3.8 cm above your belly button and you would have gained anything between 5.4 kg to 6.8 kg.
- You are peeing frequently because your uterus sits above your bladder. You may even experience leaking of fluids.
- This time around you will be checked for preterm labour. The anxiety levels will heighten during this week and you will go through varied emotions.
- At this time you might experience bleeding gums and nosebleeds.
- To keep the bleeding gums at bay, make good dental hygiene a priority. Due to super active hormones, your gums will suffer inflammation and bleeding, particularly while brushing your teeth.
- You are peeing constantly, and how! But that’s pretty normal at this stage. Continue drinking water as well as vegetable juices, herbal teas, fruit juice, and milk.
- When using public toilets, sanitise the seats and maintain minimal contact to avoid infections.
- Speak to your company, and plan your maternity leave.
- Get a new wardrobe!
Your next week: 24 weeks pregnant
Your previous week: 22 weeks pregnant
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