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 contractions—known 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
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.