23 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide
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23 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

Congratulations! You’re 23 weeks pregnant. At this stage of your journey, new developments are beginning to unfold. Check out this week-by-week guide to find out what’s in store for your baby and your body in week 23 of pregnancy.

With week 22 of your pregnancy complete, you’re on week 23. Enjoy it, as week 24 is on the horizon! 

One of the most exciting things about pregnancy is how many changes you’ll experience with your little one over the span of just 7 days! Here’s some tips and tricks to keep on top of all that’s happening.

At 23 weeks pregnant:

  • Your baby is the size of a grapefruit.
  • You’re about six months pregnant now.
  • The countdown continues: you’re past the half-way mark of your second trimester.
  • You’ve got 17 weeks to go!

What happens during the 23rd week of pregnancy?

  • A strong kick back: Your little one’s kicks will be more pronounced.
  • I like to move it, move it: Your baby will be having more movement overall.
  • Light up my life: Your baby may even respond to light this early in the game.

What should I be feeling at 23 weeks pregnant?

  • You may be feeling warmer than usual, or more sensitive to temperature.
  • You may be feeling Braxton Hicks contractionsknown as “false labor,” these are occasional feelings of the uterus tightening.
  • You may have more sensitive eyes or even blurry vision.

How big is your baby at 23 weeks pregnant?

23 Weeks Pregnant
Baby Weight 1.1 pounds
Baby Length 8 inches
Baby Size Comparable to a grapefruit or small mango

Week 23 pregnancy symptoms

During week 23 of pregnancy, your body is changing quickly. As your baby grows, you will too, and there are certain pregnancy symptoms you may experience at this time.

3 common week 23 pregnancy symptoms

  1. Hot flashes tend to flare up, and pregnancy hormones are likely to blame. Keep a handheld fan and cool water nearby and do your best to avoid spicy foods and excess caffeine.
  2. You may experience swelling in your feet and ankles. Elevating your feet at night or sitting in a cool foot bath can help (bonus: a cool foot bath also helps alleviate hot flashes).
  3. Frequent urination is common in the second trimester. Keep an eye out for bathrooms and if possible, avoid tight or constrictive clothing—stretchy pants are your friend. Try to avoid too many fluids right before bed if you’re getting up frequently in the night.

3 expert week 23 tips for a healthy and safe pregnancy

Being 23 weeks pregnant is an important time for you and your baby. Here’s some more expert-recommended advice on how to adjust to this new stage and keep you and your baby safe.

  • Focus on folate: Spinach, kale, carrots and red peppers are great natural sources.
  • Iron(wo)man: Iron is a key nutrient to monitor, as your body is producing extra blood and baby’s beginning to store it in their own bodies. Aim for 27mg a day.
  • Monitor your blood pressure: Pharmacies or an at-home blood pressure monitor are a good idea. Sudden spikes in blood pressure are important to watch for, as it may be a sign of preeclampsia. Talk to your doc if you’re noticing spikes.

Week 23 checklist: How to plan your pregnancy

Knowing what to do week-by-week can help you feel prepared and alleviate stress. Add these new items to your to-do list this week. You’ve got this, mama!

To-Do Complete
If you haven’t already, look into the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to see what’s covered in your state.
Get some sun to boost mood and vitamin D.
Talk to your doc about gestational diabetes screening.

Learn more about your pregnancy, including pregnancy planning and pregnancy nutrition to feel prepared to continue this magical adventure. You’re armed with the facts, what to do, and now you can take time to connect with the little one growing inside you.

With week 22 in the rearview mirror and week 23 going strong, look to the future and what's coming up in week 24!