You’ve got this mama – just 17 more weeks to go!
As week 23 unfolds, you may notice an increasing amount of activity in your belly. Your child is still growing quickly and developing more noticeable features. Hang in there, you still have about 4 months left before you can finally hold your little one in your arms.
This week, your baby is about the size of a grapefruit.
Just like every week, your baby is growing at a fast pace. It should now be about 11.5 inches long and weight about 1.1 pounds. Roughly the size of a grapefruit, you may start experiencing more and more back pain as your belly grows bigger.
Your Baby’s Development
This is an exciting week for your baby – they can now hear sounds from the outside world. While last week, this was just beginning, your child should now be able to clearly hear outside noise.
For instance, your baby should be able to hear a dog barking or loud trucks driving by, if you’re near a road. They tend to have an easier time hearing low-pitch noises, so they would hear male voices better than female voices.
Your baby is also developing their digestive system. While they won’t have any actual food or liquids to digest, their digestive system is “practicing” for when your baby will actually need to use it.
This week, your baby is also starting to grow little nipples!
Your Body & Symptoms
As your pregnancy progresses, you may experience swollen hands and feet. This is absolutely normal during the third trimester. However, if the swelling becomes severe, this could be a sign of preeclampsia and you’ll want to contact your doctor immediately.
You might also be experience really weird dreams. This is noticed in a lot of pregnant women and they should go away after you give birth. In the meantime, try not to worry about them too much!
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At this stage during your pregnancy, you may also start feeling weaker. Your body is also starting to give more nutrients to your baby, so you’ll want to be sure you’re taking pregnancy vitamins.
You might notice pain in your gums and some people may even have bleeding gums. This is caused by pregnancy hormones increasing blood flow in your body. Going with a soft bristle toothbrush instead of a hard bristle toothbrush should help prevent this.
Stay positive and enjoy the ride – you only have a few months left!