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23 weeks pregnant

2015/04/06

Your baby at 23 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of a small eggplant. Your baby looks like a tiny, thin newborn, weighing in close to a pound and measuring 9 to 10 inches, about the length of a Barbie doll.

Hearing voices

Now that bones in the ears have hardened, your baby can hear your voice. Give your little one a daily treat by reading, talking or singing to him or her. The more your baby hears your voice, the more familiar it will sound at birth.

Super sac

The amniotic fluid that surrounds your baby is the perfect place to grow into a healthy newborn. The salty fluid keeps baby warm, protects him or her from infections, and is buoyant enough to exercise that developing body. Right now the amniotic sac contains about a pint of fluid, which is refreshed every three to four hours.

Your pregnancy at 23 weeks

Get to class

Most childbirth-education classes are designed to start around the 32nd week of pregnancy. It's a good idea to sign up for a course that ends at least a few weeks before your due date, in case your little one decides to make an early appearance.

Iron it out

Many women are slightly anemic before they get pregnant, and 20 percent of women are treated for iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy. Symptoms include fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath and fainting spells. You can treat anemia by eating iron-rich foods like red meat, liver, blackstrap molasses, lentils and leafy greens, like spinach and collard greens.

Preeclampsia check

If your blood pressure is too high, your doctor may keep an eye out for preeclampsia, a complication of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, edema (swelling) and protein in the urine. This condition affects about 7 percent of pregnant women and catching it early is crucial. If left untreated, preeclampsia can cause decreased blood flow to your placenta. If you notice any of the symptoms of preeclampsia, including blurred vision, headaches, or sudden swelling of your hands and feet, call your healthcare provider immediately.

Did you know?

Baby’s weight will double in the next four weeks, but right now his or her skin hangs loosely on the body, until fat development catches up. Also, your little one can hear your voice, so spend some time talking or singing to him or her – baby will recognize your voice at birth! 

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