Week 23 of Your Pregnancy

November 1, 2009

What is Happening Inside Your Body?

EarFetus20WeeksWeb200Your uterus is about 1 ½ inches above your belly button now. You have likely put on about 12-15 pounds since the beginning of your pregnancy.

Your uterus is sitting on top of your bladder much more now and that is likely to mean more urinary urgency and possibly leakage of urine occasionally. This is normal.

Pregnancy causes the flow of urine to slow, due to the softening of muscle tone from the effect of hormones. This can also cause urinary urgency. This lower muscle tone can also make you vulnerable to urinary tract infections. Take special care to wipe from front to back. If you develop burning, pain, fever, and abdominal pain or back pain you may want to talk to your health care provider.

How Big is Your Baby?

Your baby measures about 8 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 1 pound.

What Does a Fetus Look Like at 23 Weeks? -  Video

It’s been 21 weeks since conception, here is an interesting video of a baby in the womb around 23 weeks along.

Another 4D video of the baby in the womb at 23 weeks. Click here to watch video

How is Your Baby Developing?

ultrasoundWeek23Your baby’s lungs are developing and getting ready to be able to breathe air. The lungs are creating a layer of surfactant, a material that will allow the air sacs to inflate easily without sticking together.

Your baby is beginning to make practice breathing motions, moving amniotic fluid in and out of the lungs.

Your baby is quite thin at this point and its skin is loose. As it continues to grow, it will develop fat beneath the skin, helping to fill it out.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Making sure you drink plenty of fluids and stay well hydrated will help maintain your urinary tract health and prevent infections. It will also help to prevent constipation.

Regular exercise such as walking, swimming or prenatal yoga are wonderful to help keep your body feeling looser and more comfortable.

Are you remembering to do your Kegel exercises? Kegel exercises help tone the pelvic floor muscles and will help your body be more prepared for childbirth. They will also help you recover after delivery.

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