Pregnancy life changes in week 23

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The excitement of having a baby must be hitting you now. Now your baby looks much like a newborn. He might be a little bit skinnier.

The little bundle of joy will be close to 30cm long and must be weighing nearly 500g and will be having the proportions of a new-born now. They will not be much fat now. However, they might need some more bulking out to do.

The eyes will be completely formed, and they still do not have any colour. Your baby might still find some space to turn somersaults. However, he is not going to enjoy this space for much long. You might also be able to spot your baby moving under your clothes if they choose to be particularly active.


The lungs of your baby will continue to develop and are getting ready for them to train breathing in the womb, and also for their first breathing after their birth. The skin of the baby is still transparent, and you will be bale to see its bones and organs through their skin.

It’s likely that intense noises will now be more familiar and less likely to make your baby jump. Most of them say that babies tend to like soothing classical music, so you can also try to introduce some Bach to them whenever possible.

See how your baby is developing

  • The skin of your baby will now be red in colour, regardless of what colour it will be after the baby gets delivered.
  • Your baby, while in the uterus, gets used to all the noises.

The feeling of movement will be well developed by now, and your baby can feel you dance. Your baby will be weighing just over a pound and is more than 11 inches long which is about the size of a large mango; you will be able to see her squirm under your clothes. The blood vessels in the baby’s lungs are growing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s keen ears pick up are starting it for entry into the outside world. The baby will now be familiar with loud noises, for instance, the barking of your dog or the roar of the vacuum cleaner. All these high intense noises are not going to disturb her when the baby hears them outside the womb.

How Big is Your Baby This Week?

The cute darling is just as big as an eggplant. The brain and hearing will be more developed this week, and the baby will also start to recognise your voice.

Baby’s Length: The length of the baby is around 11.38 inches.

Baby’s Weight: It weighs about 1.10 lb.


A glimpse inside your womb

Ear: The baby will be able to hear the loud noises outside the womb and is already familiar with them. By the time they are born, they will not  fear any such noises.

Skin: The skin of your baby will be wrinkled and red. This goes for all babies, regardless of the colour of their skin after their birth.

Uterus: The uterus is growing, and it will put pressure on the veins that return the blood from the lower half of the body. This will result in swelling (which is called oedema) in your feet and ankles.


How your life’s changing

You may find that your ankles and feet begin to swell a bit in the following weeks or months to come. This will be more especially at the end of the day or perhaps during the heat of summer. Slow circulation in your legs – joined with changes in your blood chemistry that may produce some water retention – may end in swelling, also known as oedema. As and when you deliver the baby, your body will get rid of the extra fluid. This is the reason why you often pee and sweat a lot for a few days after your delivery. Meanwhile, you can lie on your left side or perhaps place your feet up when you can, when you sit, try to extend your legs, and avoid standing or sitting for a long time in one place. Furthermore, try to exercise daily to improve circulation, and wear support stockings and also shoes that are roomy and comfortable. You may be tempted to save on liquids to resist swelling, but you have to drink plenty of water since staying hydrated truly aids in preventing fluid retention. While a specific amount of oedema in your lower extremities is common during pregnancy, excessive swelling may be n indications of a serious condition which is known as preeclampsia. Make sure that you call your doctor if you have severe or sudden swelling of your ankles or feet, more than little swelling of your hands, swelling in your face, or puffiness around your eyes.