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By 23 weeks pregnant your baby is growing in size at quite a rate and it may seem like you’ve been pregnant forever.

You are deep into your second trimester now. It’s all getting very exciting, isn’t it! Nearing the point of choosing a name and buying baby products is always an enjoyable experience. Enjoy every moment of it.

Let’s take a look at what you need to know as you and your baby pass the halfway mark in your pregnancy.

How big is my baby?

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In your 23rd week of pregnancy, your baby will have reached the size of a mango. Your little person will now measure a whopping 11 inches in length and should weigh around 490g (that’s as heavy as a loaf of bread!).

What’s my baby doing at 23 weeks pregnant?

Movers & shakers

You might start to feel some movements this week as your baby starts to push out against your tummy. Remember that every pregnancy is different so don’t be concerned if you haven’t felt anything yet.

Your baby will also start moving from side to side and head over heels this week! The inner, which is needed for balance, will fully develop this week and this gives your baby a sense of balance. Amazingly, your baby can now tell if they are upside down or facing the right way up.

Lungs & weight gains

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The lungs of your baby at 23 weeks pregnant will continue developing and there should also be some serious weight gain. Your baby will double its weight within the next 3-4 weeks, and you might start to feel this too. This weight gain provides your baby with support and structure, as it grows in size and puts on more body fat.

Changes in your body

Urine infections

You need to be mindful of infections in week 23 of pregnancy. Urine intended for the bladder might go back towards the kidneys. This happens due to hormonal changes taking place in your body and can cause infections like cystitis or a urinary tract infection (UTI).

If you notice any pain or a burning sensation when going to the toilet, or if you see any blood in your urine, book an appointment to see your GP immediately. 

Brain fog

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You may also suffer from a foggy brain (known as a baby brain) due to those pesky hormones and general tiredness. This is very normal and your brain and memory will return to normal after birth. Now is a good time to eat lots of Omega 3-rich foods because these foods help alleviate brain fog and are great for your baby.

Why is milk coming out of my breasts?

Many women notice enlarged breasts and some leakage of colostrum, which is an early type of breast milk. This often acts as a reminder to start thinking about how you want to feed your newborn baby. There are many benefits for you and your baby associated with breastfeeding. It provides your baby with a massive immune boost to help fight off infection and also reduces your risk of breast cancer. Breastfeeding can also burn off a whopping 250 calories a day!

Remember, choosing to breastfeed is always your decision. It isn’t for everyone which is why formula milk infant nutrition is so popular and widespread now. Speak to your midwife and ask to be taken through your options.

Things to do in week 23

Sleeping

You may be finding it hard to get a good night’s sleep. In fact, a massive 80 % of women experience sleep problems at some point during a pregnancy. There is a lot going on within your body and brain throughout your pregnancy and sleep can feel elusive. Lots of women find it a relief to slide a pillow between their legs and sleep with their knees bent on their sides.

Safe exercising

Being active during pregnancy can also help with your sleep. Safe pregnancy exercise can not only help you sleep better, but it also helps you to destress and feel less anxious and depressed. When you exercise your body produces endorphins (hormones) which are linked to feelings of wellbeing.

Your pregnant body is very sensitive to endorphins produced by exercise, so this type of activity can help boost your mood and keep you relaxed. Always check with your midwife or GP that your pregnancy exercise regime is suitable and safe before commencing with your fitness programme.

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