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Child Improvement, Signs, and Extra

At 23 weeks pregnant, your child is getting stronger and extra energetic. It is now simpler to inform that these little kicks are literally your child and never simply fuel bubbles. You might also be feeling hotter than typical and probably discover some adjustments in your eyes and imaginative and prescient.

23 Weeks Pregnant Is How Many Months? 5 months and three weeks

Which Trimester? Second trimester

How Many Weeks to Go? 17 weeks

Your Child’s Improvement at 23 Weeks

At 23 weeks, a child is often 8 inches (20.3 centimeters) from the highest of the pinnacle to the underside of the buttocks (referred to as the crown-rump size). The newborn’s top is over 11 inches (28.9 centimeters) from the highest of the pinnacle to the heel (crown-heel size). This week, the infant weighs roughly 20 ounces or 1 pound 4 ounces (565 grams).

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Your child is constructing extra muscle and getting stronger. They’re additionally very energetic. You could be feeling much more motion.

Mind Progress

The newborn’s mind is growing in a short time throughout this time.


A child can reply to gentle as early as 23 weeks. In the event you shine a flashlight in your stomach, your child could react and transfer.


The newborn’s fingernails now attain the ideas of the fingers.

Survival Outdoors the Womb

It is vitally uncommon for infants born earlier than 23 weeks to outlive. Nonetheless, extraordinarily untimely infants born through the twenty third week of being pregnant do have an opportunity of surviving. Infants born this early are nonetheless not prepared for all times outdoors the womb. They require a excessive stage of specialised care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Analysis exhibits that in developed international locations, between 23% and 27% of infants born at 23 weeks survive to go residence with their household.

Discover a number of of your child’s week 23 milestones on this interactive expertise.

How Will Being pregnant Change My Physique?

Your Widespread Signs This Week

This week, you could be coping with being pregnant signs comparable to meals cravings, leg cramps, forgetfulness, Braxton Hicks contractions, or spherical ligament ache. Two different signs chances are you’ll discover are scorching flashes and imaginative and prescient adjustments.

Scorching Flashes

You could be feeling hotter than typical. A couple of in three people who find themselves pregnant expertise scorching flashes throughout being pregnant. Being pregnant hormones and weight achieve are more likely to blame.


Further fluid within the physique and hormone adjustments throughout being pregnant can result in eye and imaginative and prescient points. Signs you may expertise embrace:

  • Blurry imaginative and prescient
  • Modifications to your eyelids
  • Dry eyes
  • Irritation or ache out of your contact lenses

Self-Care Suggestions

Consuming a balanced eating regimen and taking prenatal nutritional vitamins are nice methods to get the vitamins you want throughout being pregnant. Including a little bit train will assist maintain your physique wholesome and your weight inside the really useful pointers. Spending time open air also can increase your temper and encourage extra bodily exercise.

Get Some Solar

This week, you may need to attempt to spend a while within the sunshine. A bit of daylight is wholesome for you and your child. Analysis exhibits that publicity to gentle throughout being pregnant is vital for the infant’s eye growth. Spending a while open air can also be good in your psychological well being and well-being.

The solar is a superb pure supply of vitamin D. Vitamin D is important in your child’s bone progress, mind growth, and future psychological well being. In adults, vitamin D promotes robust bones, a wholesome immune system, and reduces irritation within the physique.

Vitamin D deficiency is frequent in being pregnant and is extra frequent if in case you have sure danger components. You could be in danger for vitamin D deficiency in the event you:

  • Are vegetarian
  • Fully cowl your self whenever you go open air
  • Have a darker pores and skin tone
  • Dwell in a chilly local weather

To get sufficient vitamin D, you’ll be able to:

  • Take prenatal nutritional vitamins. These can comprise 400 worldwide models (IU) of vitamin D. If wanted, your well being care supplier may advocate extra supplementation.
  • Safely spend a little bit time within the solar. 5 to half-hour of solar publicity between the hours of 10 a.m. and three p.m. twice per week with out sunscreen in your face, arms, legs, or again can usually give you all of the each day vitamin D you want.
  • Complement vitamin D via your eating regimen. Whereas there aren’t many sufficient meals sources of vitamin D, your finest bets are fatty fish (like salmon and tuna), fish liver oil, and generally fortified meals comparable to milk, orange juice, and breakfast cereals. Simply be aware of weekly serving limits for sure fatty fish (due to its mercury content material).

Dealing With Scorching Flashes

Scorching flashes may worsen as your being pregnant progresses. They’ll additionally dangle round for a short time after giving delivery. You ought to be feeling again to regular as soon as your hormones stage out within the postpartum interval. Within the meantime, strive your finest to seek out methods to remain cool.

  • Cool off in a lukewarm bathe
  • Drink loads of water or different wholesome fluids to remain hydrated
  • Open a window to let in cool air if the surface temperature permits
  • Use a handheld fan
  • Use paraben-free moist wipes to chill and clean up your pores and skin
  • Use the air-con or a fan to chill the room
  • Put on snug, loose-fitting garments

Caring for Your Eyes

In the event you’re having any points along with your eyes, discuss to your physician. More often than not, eye and imaginative and prescient adjustments throughout being pregnant aren’t harmful, they usually go away as soon as the infant is born. However, typically underlying circumstances comparable to hypertension or diabetes could cause extra critical circumstances. Throughout being pregnant, you need to:

  • Keep away from imaginative and prescient correction procedures, comparable to LASIK
  • Think about ready to get new prescription glasses or contacts till a number of months postpartum
  • In case your situation requires monitoring, seeing a specialist, or remedy, comply with your physician’s directions for care
  • See your eye physician for recurrently scheduled exams
  • Inform your physician about all of your signs

Recommendation for Companions

Whereas your companion is probably going planning to take a while off from work to have the infant and get well, you additionally may need to take a while off to spend along with your new child. In the event you work outdoors the house, it’s time to speak to your employer about your choices. You may schedule a trip or use sick time. You can too look into your eligibility for Household Medical Depart Act (FMLA) protection.

FMLA entitles eligible staff to take as much as 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected depart for specified household and medical causes, such because the delivery or adoption of a kid. Nonetheless, not each parent-to-be will qualify.

FMLA eligibility requires that:

  • You’ve been employed with the corporate for 12 months
  • Your organization employs 50 or extra employees inside a 75-mile radius of the worksite
  • You’ve labored at the very least 1,250 hours through the 12 months earlier than the beginning of FMLA depart

In the event you don’t qualify for FMLA, your employer nonetheless may permit you to take unpaid depart. Some corporations are more and more providing some paid day without work for brand new mother and father, however it’s the corporate. It is best to debate your choices prematurely and plan forward as a lot as you’ll be able to.

Upcoming Physician’s Visits

Particular Issues

It is pure to fret about going into labor too early, particularly in case you are at elevated danger. This is what you might want to know.

Preterm Labor

Labor earlier than 37 weeks is known as preterm labor. Preterm labor does not all the time imply the infant will likely be born however typically it is not potential to cease the delivery.

Preterm labor is a priority as a result of infants born early aren’t totally developed and prepared for all times outdoors the womb. Untimely infants want particular care and infrequently develop critical well being points.

Chances are you’ll be in danger for preterm delivery in the event you:

The signs of preterm labor embrace:

If you’re involved about preterm labor or expertise indicators of labor, contact your well being care supplier and go to the hospital to be examined by a supplier. In the event that they decide that labor has begun, they’ll attempt to cease preterm labor or maintain it off so long as potential to offer your child an opportunity to develop extra.

A Phrase From Verywell

Whereas your child continues to be growing and never fairly prepared to hitch the world, it is now potential that the infant may survive outdoors the womb with extremely specialised care. Every week that passes from now till delivery offers your child an excellent higher probability of survival. Nonetheless, it is good to know that solely about 0.5% of infants are born earlier than the third trimester.

Subsequent week, at six months pregnant, you may see your physician in your subsequent prenatal go to.

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By Holly Pevzner

Holly Pevzner is an award-winning author who makes a speciality of well being, diet, parenting, and household journey.

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