If you didn’t know that you were pretty special already, you are probably feeling pretty special at 23 weeks pregnant. The attention is great and your joy shines through.
With a pregnancy that was unplanned you have had time to get use to the idea and may even be feeling pretty special as your body is busy creating a new little person to be introduced to the world by you.
Your Body At 23 Weeks Pregnant
Your uterus is pushing higher above your navel. You can feel the baby move around regularly and may even see him or her bouncing around in there occasionally.
There will be some ease of movement lost around this time. You will be able to do most everything up until you deliver, but it will take longer and more energy as you carry around more weight and you loose mobility around your middle.
Discomforts of pregnancy like backaches and shoulder soreness can easily be managed. Keep up with strengthening exercises.
Some women get sciatica, which causes severe pain, tingling or numbing in the lower back and hips. Check with your doctor regarding relief.
Stay motivated with good eating habits and drinking lots of water.
Your Baby’s Development At 23 Weeks Pregnant
At almost a foot long and reaching his or her first pound, the baby is moving along nicely in development at 23 weeks pregnant. He or she will fit in the palm of your hand.
The lungs prepare for breathing by sucking amniotic fluid in and out. The baby will be developing the fat needed and double is or her weight in the coming weeks. The baby will react to outside sounds especially real loud sounds.
Your Life At 23 Weeks Pregnant
Before you are ready to sleep in the bathroom to be close to the toilet as the pressure of the baby on your bladder keeps you up and in the bathroom through the night. Enjoy some sleep in time with your partner. Have breakfast, lunch, or even dinner in bed.
Go over some of the lists you made during those fatigued weeks at the beginning. Evaluate how you are doing and what still needs to be done. If using used furniture, check online that it meets current safety standards.
The moodiness may have become easier to live with, but keep on guard to avoid people avoiding you and your moodiness until after the baby is born!
These months of being pregnant will seem like a blink of an eye in the big picture of your life. Enjoy everything that you can about it.