Week 23 of Your Pregnancy

22 weeks pregnant


Days to go


Keep going. You’ll find something useful below.

Pregnancy Symptoms

Few of the symptoms which you may notice at 23 weeks are:

Back Pain

As your uterus expands, it shifts your center of gravity and also stretches out (and weakens) your abdominal muscles, affecting your posture and putting strain on your back. It may also cause back pain if it's pressing on a nerve


Headaches at this stage can be due to multiple factors. Increasing blood volume in your body, changes in blood pressure, hormonal spikes, can all play a role. In addition, the stress and excitement of pregnancy can add to the existing headaches. Some women have cold and blocked nose as pregnancy symptoms. This can also trigger a sinus-like headache. Taking rest, short power naps is possible, avoiding headache triggers such as caffeine, and relaxing with the help of meditation and relaxation exercises can provide some relief.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make your gums more vulnerable to plaque, leading to inflammation and bleeding.

Braxton Hicks Contractions

A few women start feeling Braxton Hicks contractions from around now. These are 'practice' contractions, and feel a bit like a band of muscle tightening across your belly. Some women feel them later. Some women don't feel them at all.

Baby's Development

How big is your baby?

Baby’s Length: 11.4 inches(28.9cms)
Baby’s Weight: 0.49 kgs

Baby’s Hiccups

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

Baby’s skin color is red, despite what color it may turn out to be at the time of birth.

Baby’s Grip, Hearing & Vision

Baby’s grip, hearing and vision are getting stronger as the week passes by. Tiny tear ducts are forming too. This week you may also notice that your baby is sporting eyebrows.

Baby’s Sleep

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.


Baby can now suck his/her thumb well.

Your's Changing Body

During pregnancy, your breasts are preparing themselves for breastfeeding and this acticity is supported by increased levels of a hormone known as prolactin. For some women, this hormone is produced at higher levels as a result of which they may experience leaky breasts. This symptom is quite normal and nothing to worry about.

Your uterus is supported by ligaments which experience pressure due to the growing uterus. This pressure results in ligament pain and for women this pain will continue till delivery.

Most pregnant women experience cramps and spasms at some stage of the pregnancy or the other, while 18th week is when they are more prominent. These pains can be quite troubling during the nights. Staying hydrated, streching, and taking supplements can help combat pregnancy spams and aches.

Water retention is common during pregnancy. Increased blood flow to the uterus means that there is more water accumulation in the tissues. Due to the power of gravity, this water retention mostly happens to your ankles and feet. While this phonomenon, also known as edema continues throughout pregnancy, it is sure to resolve post-delivery.


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