Pregnancy Week 23: Everything You Need To Know

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Pregnancy Week 23.How your baby’s growing

This weeks sees your baby’s sense of movement well developed which can make baby feel you dance. Your baby is about 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about the size of a large mango). Also, it is possible you  see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in baby’s lungs are also developing to prepare her for breathing.

How your life’s changing

Most pregnant women begin to notice swelling in their ankles and feet  in the coming weeks or months, especially at the end of the day or during the heat of summer, this is most often caused by the sluggish circulation in your legs – added with changes in your blood chemistry that may cause some water retention – resulting in swelling, also known as edema. Do not worry as after you deliver your baby, your body will get rid of the extra fluid. This extra fluid is actually the reason you pee frequently and sweat a lot. Also, try to exercise as often as you can to aid in increased circulation. Drink plenty of water as staying hydrated helps prevent fluid retention. However, when you notice excessive swelling, this may be a sign of a serious condition called preeclampsia which will need you to call your midwife or doctor. If you notice severe or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, swelling in your face, or puffiness around your eyes, meet up with your doctor immediately.

Other changes that happens to your body during these weeks include:

  • Larger and darker nipples and areolas Most women notice that their nipples and the pigmented area around them (the areolas) are getting bigger and darker, yes this is normal and should not be a cause for alarm. The little bumps on your areolas, known as Montgomery’s tubercles, may also be more pronounced. These bumps are non other than oil-producing glands that helps you fight off bacteria and lubricate the skin when needed. Other mums to be notice more pronounced veins in their breasts. What do you do when you notice thus? Absolutely nothing.
  • Larger feet Just as some parts of your body are beginning to grow larger, so may your feet which may go up half a shoe size or more. Lax ligaments may make your feet spread a bit – sometimes even permanently. Swelling can make your shoes feel tight as well, although it this will go away on its own after delivery. What to do: Buy comfortable shoes to accommodate your growing feet. We understand some fashion forward mums might want to still wear their pencil heels with pencil edges, if you want to be comfortable, get comfortable shoes.

Some swelling may cause for your fingers to be swollen which may make your wedding bands feel snug. If you happen o notice that your ring is becoming tight, take it off and keep aside. if you can;t stand to be without it, loop it on chain and wear around your neck.

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