We explain to you how your body develops at 23 weeks of pregnancy and how your baby is growing. Let us help you clarify all your doubts.
At 23 weeks of pregnancy, your baby has completely defined facial features. Your face will be very identical to what you will meet within about 17 weeks, although your eyes are still prominent at this point.
Week 23 – 1st day
Your baby looks like a tiny, skinny newborn. It weighs approximately 370 grams and measures about 25 cm, almost the length of a Barbie doll.
The amniotic fluid that surrounds your baby is the perfect place for it to grow healthy. The salty liquid keeps you warm, protecting you from infections. In addition, it is floating enough for it to exercise your body. The pouch now contains approximately 500 ml of amniotic fluid, which is changed approximately every three to four hours.
In addition to the advances in hearing of the baby, the lungs are developing. He continues to swallow amniotic fluid to train his digestive system, but will usually only poop for the first time at birth.
Week 23 – 2nd day
MUSIC FOR YOUR BABY
Some research says that babies love classical music in the womb. How about playing Vivaldi for yours? Do it for him and enjoy.
Studies indicate that a song that Mom frequently listens to during pregnancy and is pleasurable and enjoyable causes the baby, even after birth, to hear her acknowledge her and to reassure herself with the sound that also appeals to her.
You do not have to increase the sound of the song too much thinking that the baby will not hear it in the belly. Amniotic fluid is a good conductor of sound.
Week 23 – 3rd day
How about doing your nails today? Go out for a walk in the park or, perhaps, innovate in a haircut. Being quiet is the best way to deal with the strong emotions of pregnancy.
Choosing the right lingerie helps prevent disorders during pregnancy, such as circulation problems.
The ideal is to retire the thong-type panties and the bras with frame and bulge during pregnancy and choose pieces suitable for pregnant women, which guarantee comfort and support the belly and breasts, much heavier in this phase.
Week 23 – 4th day
One of the most common problems in oral health during pregnancy is gingivitis (gingival inflammation), which is quite common between two and eight months of pregnancy. It can cause reddened, sensitive gums or the increase of the volume with tendency to bleed when the brushing.
However, hormonal changes following pregnancy may exacerbate gingival inflammation. Frequent oral hygiene consultations are therefore indicated during the second trimester or at the beginning of the third, in order to avoid the appearance of future complications. If your gums are swollen and bleeding, try to schedule your dentist now.
Precaution and avoidance of any type of infection during pregnancy is paramount.
Week 23 – 5th day
Falls are not always dangerous, but talk to your doctor the same day telling you what happened. If you slipped on the ladder and hit your coccyx, you probably have nothing to worry about, the baby is protected by amniotic fluid.
The most alarming falls are those involving trauma to the abdomen. In rare cases, there may be complications. Watch for baby’s movements after the accident, as these are good signs. If you experience contractions, loss of fluid or bleeding, call your doctor immediately.
Most of the time, in the fall of the height itself, you will instinctively protect the belly.
Week 23 – 6th day
Footwear is an item that deserves full attention during pregnancy. In addition to the comfort item, we need to consider the safety of the models.
Using an inappropriate shoe can cause serious accidents, such as falls. That’s because during pregnancy the woman is much more overweight than she is accustomed to, making her slower. Its center of gravity changes as the abdomen increases and this leads to the need for adjustments in balance. The spine will be progressively overloaded. Slipping soles and high shoes that can cause falls or kinks should be stored in the back of the closet until the end of pregnancy.
The most indicated models are those with rubber soles and low heels or little heels, from two to five inches in height.
Week 23 – 7th day
It is the hormones, especially progesterone, that make most women adore their hair during pregnancy, as they become bulky, looking more silky and beautiful. But sometimes they can get dry and brittle. Pregnancy hormones make the growth phase, Anagen, last longer, making the hair really fuller.
Tips of Pregnancy
Tips and hints
- Encourage your baby’s neurological development by talking and interacting with him
- Do not take any medicines or dietary supplements without consulting your doctor. Even if advised by friends or family members, it may not work for you and have more negative than positive consequences
- Make small walks to avoid tired legs and swollen ankles, especially at the end of the day.
Have you thought about your birth plan? What kind of delivery would you like to have? And anesthesia?
Before 24 weeks you will have another pregnancy surveillance visit ( 3rd visit ). This is the ideal time to talk with your doctor about your expectations about giving birth. Inquire about the various techniques for giving relief with the most common being epidural analgesia .
Because childbirth is a dynamic process, it can occur differently than you imagined. It is important that you are well informed about the various stages of labor and that you are aware that the plan you have defined may need to be changed.
Are the tummies of pregnant women all the same size?
No, belly size can vary from woman to woman without this meaning that the baby is not growing as expected for gestational age.
Its physical structure and the way the baby accommodates itself in the uterus range from pregnant to pregnant. Lower women tend to have larger bellies and taller women, smaller bellies because the baby has more room to occupy.
Women who have been mothers before may also have a larger belly because the uterus and abdomen are usually more distended.
Healthy Eating in Pregnancy
Carbohydrates are the source of energy excellence and very important for the development of the baby. In the third trimester , these nutrients are particularly important for fetal growth.
Food rich in carbohydrates : cereals and their derivatives such as: whole wheat bread, pasta, rice, whole-grain flakes, oats (5 to 6 times a day) legumes such as chickpea beans, fava beans, lentils, peas tubers such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava fruit (3 pieces per day) vegetables (400 g / day).
In 2nd and 3rd trimester the protein needs are higher due to support the baby’s great growth and to meet the needs of the maternal body.
- Meat, fish, eggs (moderately – about 90 g in each main meal)
- Milk, cheese and yogurts (2 to 3 times a day – for example 1 glass of milk + 1 solid yogurt + 1 slice of cheese)
- Legumes such as chickpea beans, fava beans, lentils (1 to 2 times a day – 80 g) are good sources of protein.
Fat has important functions in the body such as providing energy, carrying some fat-soluble vitamins, protection against cold, brain development, among others.
Omega 3 and omega 6 fats are particularly important and can be found in foods such as olive oil, vegetable oil, oleaginous fruits (almond, walnut, hazelnut, pine nut), avocado, seeds such as flaxseed, sunflower, horse mackerel, sardines, salmon).
Energy needs increase throughout pregnancy as the baby grows. The increase in caloric / energy intake is only recommended from the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy, respectively 300 kcal and 420 kcal additional per day.
Water hydrates the body and is essential for the optimal functioning of organs and systems. Water can be ingested from various sources such as teas, infusions, soups, salads, fruit. It is advisable to ingest about 3 liters per day during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Calcium is important for healthy bones and teeth of both mother and baby. The recommended daily dose of calcium is 1000 mg / day in the pregnant woman.
Calcium can be found in foods such as cheese, kale, almond, hazelnut, soy, watercress, yolk, yogurt, milk, spinach, coriander, salmon, whole-wheat bread.
Zinc plays crucial roles in various biological processes in the body and is a necessary mineral for the proper neurodevelopment of the baby and its deficiency can lead to birth defects, low birth weight and premature death.
It can be naturally found in foods such as beef, turkey, fish, almond (with skin), peanut (with skin), walnut, legumes, dairy products, cereals, whole wheat bread.
The consumption of adequate magnesium levels during pregnancy is associated with a decreased risk of preeclampsia , premature births and intrauterine growth retardation.
Foods rich in magnesium : soy, tofu, spinach, butter beans, bean beans, butter beans, hazelnut kernels, peanuts (with skin), almonds (with skin), oat flakes, whole wheat flakes, sesame seeds, bananas , sole.
In pregnancy, the daily needs for iodine increase since, in addition to the maternal system, the baby also needs iodine for its neuronal and psychomotor development throughout childhood.
It can be found in various foods like : iodized salt, salted fish, seafood, meat, vegetables grown in coastal areas, milk, egg.
In addition to folic acid supplementation, iron supplementation is usually needed to respond to increased demand for this mineral during pregnancy. Iron deficiency causes anemia .
Iron plays a key role in cell growth and division as well as in the proper functioning of the immune system.
Iron can be found in foods such as soy, pistachio, lentils, grain, chocolate powder, beans, egg yolks, beans, pine nuts, almonds, peas, sausage, whole wheat bread, turkey, tuna, lamb, meat of beef, pork.
It is quite advantageous to practice some kind of sport, compatible with your state of health , during pregnancy , which will make your muscles firmer and your joints more flexible. In any case, you should avoid sports such as skiing, riding, diving, tennis, martial arts, and all activities that, according to common sense, could cause problems for your child . The swimming is certainly one of the most suitable sports during pregnancy . However, you can also go biking, cross-country skiing and dancing .
Already gone to your gynecological check-up? Remember that a should mark for the next week or a month difference from the previous query.
Pregnancy Week by week
- 1 Week Pregnant: Early signs of pregnancy
- 2 Weeks Pregnant: Sign, Symptoms, Discharge
- 3 Weeks Pregnant: Sign and Test
- 4 Weeks Pregnant: Ultrasound
- 5 Weeks Pregnant: Belly and Cramping
- 6 Weeks Pregnant: Don’t be afraid of miscarriage
- 7 Weeks Pregnant: Development
- 8 Weeks Pregnant: Bleeding
- 9 Weeks Pregnant: Twins?
- 10 Weeks Pregnant: Fetus
- 11 Weeks Pregnant: Uterus
- 12 Weeks Pregnant: Ultrasound Gender
- 13 Weeks Pregnant: Scan
- 14 Weeks Pregnant: Baby moves
- 15 Weeks Pregnant: Can baby hear in the womb?
- 16 Weeks Pregnant: Baby movement
- 17 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal Development
- 18 Weeks Pregnant: Morphological Ultrasound
- 19 Weeks Pregnant: Weight gain during pregnancy
- 20 Weeks Pregnant: Uterus positions
- 21 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal weight
- 22 Weeks Pregnant: Baby size
- 23 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal movement feel like
- 24 Weeks Pregnant: Position of Baby
- 25 Weeks Pregnant: Sleeping position
- 26 Weeks Pregnant: Food and fruits
- 27 Weeks Pregnant: Trimester
- 28 Weeks Pregnant: Baby position in the womb
- 29 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms not to ignore
- 30 Weeks Pregnant: Average weight of fetus?
- 31 Weeks Pregnant: How many month i am?
- 32 Weeks Pregnant: How big is baby?
- 33 Weeks Pregnant: Is it safe to deliver?
- 34 Weeks Pregnant: Signs of labor
- 35 Weeks Pregnant: Is how many months?
- 36 Weeks Pregnant: Is it safe to deliver?
- 37 Weeks Pregnant: What are the chances of giving birth?
- 38 Weeks Pregnant: Signs of labor
- 39 Weeks Pregnant: Considered a Term Baby
- 40 Weeks Pregnant: Contractions in Labor