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23 Weeks Pregnant

Postby admin » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:13 am

Your Body at 23 Weeks of Pregnancy

At 23 weeks pregnant, you should be gradually gaining weight. You should be gaining about 0.25 Kg each week. You may begin to notice those cravings kicking in now. It’s okay to give in for an occasional ice cream, but try to find healthy substitutes if you’re longing for junk food. Have frozen yoghurt if you’re craving for some ice-cream instead. Read more about having a healthy pregnancy diet.

As you get closer to your delivery date, trouble you have will increase. Anxiety, frequent urination, heartburn, leg cramps and general discomfort can translate into a short night’s sleep for a pregnant woman. Try a warm bath, listening to soothing music, a relaxing book or a cup of tea before you go to bed or are in the mood to. The health of you and the baby depends on how much you rest.

Doctors recommend that pregnant women sleep on their sides instead of their backs or stomachs so that blood flow to the placenta is not restricted. It is common to find sleeping on your side with a bump uncomfortable. Try placing a pillow between your knees or under your belly to relieve the pressure of the weight while lying on your side.

Your Baby at 23 Weeks of Pregnancy

By now your baby resembles a small doll with all the facial features of a newborn. The baby weighs approximately 420-520 g and measures around 20 cm. Your baby now looks like a miniature newborn. The first sign of teeth appear as buds beneath the gum line. Before you even know it, you baby will me smiling at you. The lips are becoming more distinct. The eyes are developed; however, the iris still lacks pigment. The pigment that colors the baby’s skin is being deposited this week. The pancreas is developing; it is very important is the production of insulin, which helps in the utilization of sugars by the active muscles. Your baby’s daily workout routine includes regularly moving the muscles in the fingers, toes, arms and legs. You may feel more forceful movements as a result.

Your baby will have a wrinkled appearance at this stage. Though fat is accumulating on the baby’s body, the skin still hangs loosely. This wrinkled appearance is due to the skin producing much more quickly that the fat accumulates.

From this point forward your baby may have a chance of surviving outside the womb, but only with intensive medical care. However the survival rate at this preterm age is not so great. If you delivered your baby around this time, it would only have a 20 per cent chance of survival and about 50-70 per cent chance of having some degree of cerebral palsy or other disability.
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