Your baby's the size of a grapefruit!
At about 10.5 to 11.8 inches and about 12.7 to 20.8 ounces, baby's not just getting bigger, she's getting even cuter.
At 23 weeks, baby’s really getting ready for her big debut, listening in
on what’s going on in the outside world. And you’re getting ready too.
Just remember: While having the nursery painted and stocking it with
diapers is important, there are some other pressing things you should
have on your radar. Namely, financials. Around week 23 is a good time to
call your and your partner’s insurance agent to check how you’re
currently covered and decide what adjustments you’ll want to make for
baby. You might also want to start thinking about writing a will, if you
don’t have one, or updating your current one. www.thebump.com
How your baby's growing:
on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well
developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more
than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango
you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood
vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the
sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her
for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now —
such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably
won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.
Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our
information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's
How your life's changing:
You may notice
that your ankles and feet start to swell a bit in the coming weeks or
months, especially at the end of the day or during the heat of summer.
Sluggish circulation in your legs — coupled with changes in your blood
chemistry that may cause some water retention — may result in swelling,
also known as edema
body will get rid of the extra fluid after you have your baby, which is
why you'll pee frequently and sweat a lot for a few days after
delivery. In the meantime, lie on your left side or put your feet up
when you can, stretch out your legs when you sit, and avoid sitting — or
standing — in one place for long periods.
try to exercise regularly to increase circulation, and wear support
stockings (put them on first thing in the morning) and roomy,
comfortable shoes. You may be tempted to skimp on liquids to combat
swelling, but you need to drink plenty of water because staying hydrated
actually helps prevent fluid retention. While a certain amount of edema
in your lower extremities is normal during pregnancy, excessive
swelling may be a sign of a serious condition called preeclampsia
Be sure to call your midwife or doctor if you have severe or sudden
swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your
hands, swelling in your face, or puffiness around your eyes. www.babycenter.com
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