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28.9 cm


501 gms

Baby Size this week: Eggplant

Hey mom, I'm as big as a brinjal. My brain and hearing are more developed this week, and I'm beginning to recognize your voice.

23 Weeks Pregnant is how many months?

5 months and 3 weeks

23 Weeks Pregnant is in which trimester?

Second Trimester

How Many Weeks to Go?

19 Weeks

In this week

  • Your Ultrasound in Week 23

  • Your Baby in Week 23

  • Symptoms You Might Feel in Week 23

  • Your Body & Health in Week 23

  • Your Fitness Regime in Week 23

  • Recipe for You in Week 23

Your Ultrasound in Week 23
  • The ultrasound scan on the left shows a magnified view of the four chambers of the baby's heart.
  • In the scan on the right, you can notice the blood flowing from the upper chambers of the baby's heart (the atria) into the lower chambers (the ventricles).
  • The walls of the ventricles are more muscular than the atria because they have to pump blood to the baby's lungs and the rest of the body.

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Your Baby in Week 23
  • By week 23, your baby has developed all the organs needed to survive outside your womb in case they were born prematurely.
  • Your baby’s blood vessels in the lungs are also developing swiftly in preparation for breathing outside the uterus.
  • This week your baby’s skin looks thin and translucent. Your baby might also look fairly red because of the visible blood vessels but don’t worry, the final skin colour is yet to develop.
  • Your baby’s hearing senses are also strengthening this week as their bones harden.
  • He/she can also hear loud external sounds like sirens, horns and music. In case you have been talking to your baby regularly, you may notice how they are responding to specific sounds.

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Symptoms You Might Feel in Week 23
  • Nail and hair growth : You may notice that your nails are growing more than normal and they are probably softer too. Your hair may be thicker and luscious than usual as well. You may or may not necessarily have noticed these changes but they do happen. The reason remains the same - high production of pregnancy hormones inside your system. You may also notice hair growth on parts where you have never had them! This goes away within a few months after giving birth though.
  • Leg cramps : Another common symptom- leg cramps tend to become worse with every passing week. Try to straighten your legs and slowly flex your ankles and toes up toward your shins multiple times. This may give you some relief.
  • Swollen feet & ankles : Most pregnant women suffer from swollen feet and ankles. Try to take frequent breaks from your chores and put your feet up whenever you can.
  • Lower abdominal pain : As your uterus continues to grow, the ligaments that support it stretch and this leads to some amount of pain in the lower abdomen. If you see bleeding along with severe cramps, do alert your doctor.
  • Migraines : Are you suffering from severe headaches that last for days? Do you see blurred images? Too nauseous as well? Do keep track of these symptoms and let your doctor know. Migraines are a common symptom and can be tackled well.

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Your Body & Health in Week 23
  • Are you constantly thinking about the big day?
  • What is it that you are hoping for - a natural birth or a C-section or something else?
  • You may have all the chances of a normal, natural delivery if you focus on a healthy, well-balanced diet and a good fitness routine.
  • Remember to focus on your pelvic area and legs while exercising.

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Your Fitness Regime in Week 23

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Recipe for You in Week 23

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