By the 23rd week, the baby weighs almost 1 pound and the crown to rump length is 8 inches (2o cm). Pregnancy signs include your looking more round because of the excess weight and the ideal weight gain should be around 12-15 pounds. Your baby is continuing to grow but the skin will still appear wrinkled as it will gain further weight. The facial expressions are more visible and the body also starts developing rapidly. The hair begins to get darker on the body.
Your baby’s pancreas develops rapidly at this stage. Pancreas is important for hormone and insulin production. Insulin levels are high in the blood of babies with diabetic mothers. That’s why your doctor will constantly monitor your blood sugar levels also. After this week, your doctor will measure you at every visit.
They will be looking for changes in your uterus keep a watch on your weight gain. As your baby becomes larger the placenta also becomes larger and also the amniotic fluid increases.
The pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue and tiredness and swelling of feet may occur in many pregnant at this stage. Some may also suffer from urinary tract infection; this is mainly because of the changes in the urinary tract. Some of them may also be prone to kidney infection as a result of the urinary infection. Symptoms of this may include chills, fever, burning sensation while urinating etc. Mood swings and depression are also common during this phase of pregnancy.
Pregnancy diet tips include reducing the amount of salt intake that will help to prevent fluid retention. You must limit your sodium consumption to 3 grams or less a day. You can also use the online tips for a good pregnancy diet and try to relax by mind and body. This is important for the healthy development of the baby.
Pregnancy in the 23rd week can make you accustomed to the feeling of being pregnant. You will be looking forward to seeing your baby as the delivery date is fast approaching. You can also get yourself prepared in terms of selecting the hospital where you are planning to get admitted and shopping for a few items for the baby like a crib, breast pump etc.