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Week 23 of Your Pregnancy

Congratulations!!! You're 22 Weeks Pregnant!!! Your baby is the size of a Grapefruit this week.

Sneak Peek into Week 23

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ince the start of second-trimester your doctor visits are less, so sit back and enjoy the free time. You must now spend quality time reading, singing, and talking to your baby inside your womb. The baby can now hear your voice since ears are fully developed now. This week if you closely observe, you may notice that your baby’s active when you are sitting and sleepy when you are walking around. The movements make them feel like you are rocking them to sleep. Cute? Isn’t it? Check the following checklist you have to do this week.

  • How to do Kegel exercises?
  • Is playing music beneficial to the unborn baby?

Know Your Body

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ot only is that baby bump of yours very visible, but you would also have gained approximately 4 to 6kgs for the past six months. Your doctor may be able to help you assess your weight gain. Now that you have understood the difference between bloating and baby kicks, your doctor may ask you to maintain a journal which records your baby’s kicks throughout the day. Read through to know what to expect at Week 23:

  • Backache: Your baby is growing at a faster rate which means it is stressing your back muscles along with bending your spine. If the pain is unbearable, contact your doctor right away. If the pain is minimum, try taking a warm bath or going for a light massage by a professional.
  • Headaches: If your headache is mild, try applying an ice pack and sleep for some time in a dark room. If the headache is severe, do not self-medicate. Contact your doctor right away. Also, check with your doctor if you have been consuming over-the-counter medicine for your headaches.
  • Bleeding Gums: The pregnancy hormones increase your blood flow, making gums more likely to swell and bleed. Use a soft toothbrush and visit your dentist regularly.
  • Braxton Hicks Contractions: Your muscles are flexing to prepare your pelvic area for birthing. Check if you have been having a contraction at regular time intervals and contact doctor right away. Normally these contractions reduce or completely go away after some time.

Know Your Baby's Development

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our baby is now the size of a Grapefruit. Your baby is now around 11.4 inches(28.9cms) in length and weighs about0.49 kgs. The fluid surrounding the amniotic sac creates a perfect environment for your baby to grow inside the womb. Drinking lots of water during pregnancy helps form an amniotic fluid which is consumed by the baby frequently. Following are the development of your 'foetus' this week.

  • Baby can now suck his/her thumb well.
  • This week your baby may get hiccups and movements also may increase. Expect this party in your tummy to grow louder and harder in the coming weeks.
  • Baby’s skin colour is red, despite what colour it may turn out to be at the time of birth.
  • Baby sleeps for about 13-15 hours a day. Most of this nap time involves REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) during which the eyes of the baby moves and his/her brain is very active.

Tips for Mom's this Week

  • Keep a check on your sodium intake.
  • Avoid high-sodium foods.
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked seafood and eggs.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them.
  • Start planning about building a nursery to welcome your little one.
  • If your planning to preserve your baby’s umbilical cord at the time of birth then you have to think about saving some money for the same. The umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells which helps treat 80+ medical conditions and protect not just baby but the entire family.

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