At 23 weeks of pregnancy, the baby is getting smarter, and can even feel the movements of his mother’s body. Hearing is getting sharper and sharper, being an excellent stage to make him hear different types of sounds and music and get used to the outside world. Attention dads: talk a lot with your children. That way they will be able to recognize not only Mom’s voice, but yours too!
In the case of pregnant women, this is the time when you cannot neglect the hydration of the skin of the abdomen and breasts. After all, the 23rd of pregnancy is the most prone time for the appearance of stretch marks and if the woman does not take care of herself correctly, stretch marks may be quite prevalent.
Do you want to know what are the other cares and symptoms of this gestational period? Just keep reading this post!
Symptoms at 23 weeks of pregnancy
During the 23 weeks of pregnancy, it is common for pregnant women to have some symptoms. But don’t worry: the vast majority of symptoms don’t usually worry or cause great discomfort.
Anyway, it is noteworthy that each organism is unique and even if you feel a symptom that is not on this list does not mean that you are experiencing a serious problem. Remember to write it down to clarify your doubts with your obstetrician during your next appointment, okay?
See below for the main symptoms of the 23rd gestational week:
Emergence of new stretch marks
You may have already heard (including right here in our previous posts) that pregnancy can cause stretch marks. And this symptom that is caused by the bloating of the belly is even more common during the 23 weeks of pregnancy. So if you already hydrate the skin on your abdomen and breasts naturally, it’s important to pay even more attention over the next few days. And in case you are not careful, it is extremely important to stay tuned to avoid this discomfort that can often be irreversible.
It’s good to get used to it because this is one of the symptoms that will accompany you the most until the last days of pregnancy. and the reason for this is the weight that the pregnant belly makes under the back, getting worse as the belly grows bigger. To avoid it as much as possible you must:
- Perform regular physical activities (if you have your doctor’s approval);
- Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes;
- Always lie down on your side and preferably with a pillow between your folded legs.
During this period of pregnancy, it is very common for the pregnant woman to feel a change in gravity, causing her to get out of balance sometimes until she gets used to it. Therefore, it is very important to be very careful, considering that falls during pregnancy can be very harmful to the baby.
more evident navel
As the belly grows, Mom’s belly button may become more obvious. But rest assured: once the birth is over, it tends to go back to normal, ok?
Anxiety is a common condition in pregnancy that can last up to 4 months after giving birth. Its main characteristics are: restlessness, insecurity, fear and heart palpitation. There are several ways to treat and even avoid it, such as:
- Group therapies, so you can exchange experiences with other pregnant women;
- Physical exercises.
Skin and hair prettier and with shine
Are your skin and hair feeling prettier and glowing? How wonderful! These symptoms are common at 23 weeks of pregnancy and are closely related to the high hormonal level in the female body.
Pigmented areas throughout the body
Unlike the above symptom, this symptom is not usually aesthetically pleasing to pregnant women. And we say this because it is common to appear some areas with darkened pigments throughout the body, such as in the armpits, groin, close to the navel and to the horror of some, even on the face. But don’t despair: the tendency is that they disappear soon after delivery and there are also some treatments to help with this, just look for a trustworthy dermatologist.
This symptom will remain frequent for the next few days of pregnancy and it is important that you know how to live with it. Therefore, avoid frequenting places that do not give you access to the bathroom for a long period of time and do not consume excessively liquids before going to bed, after all, this would bother you a lot and make you wake up a lot during the night.
Changes in pregnant women at 23 weeks of pregnancy
When it comes to changes in the body, it is common for you to notice that it is gaining new curves and taking on a new shape every day, and it is estimated that you have already gained 4 to 6 kilos and your uterus has reached approximately 22cm vary with each organism. Therefore, performing some routine activities such as sleeping and walking becomes increasingly difficult.
Always remember to wear as comfortable clothing as possible so that you can feel better for the next few weeks.
Baby development at 23 weeks of pregnancy
The main milestone regarding the baby’s development in the 23rd week of gestation is related to the pigment of your skin, which is more reddened and wrinkled due to the presence of blood vessels that are quite visible through your skin, which is still transparent. For this reason, the baby will always be born redder, regardless of its race, and will only take on its real color over time (which can take up to 12 months).
In addition, there are other events of this gestational stage. See what they are:
- The lungs start from the fetus have already started to develop;
- The eyes begin to move quickly;
- The baby’s face already has defined features;
- The baby’s hearing is now more refined, making it possible for him to hear loud and bass noises, which is an excellent time to stimulate him.
What is the size of the fetus at 23 weeks of pregnancy?
At 23 weeks of pregnancy, the baby measures approximately 28.9 centimeters, equivalent to the size of a dry coconut, and its estimated weight is 501 grams.
23 weeks of pregnancy equals how many months?
When the pregnant woman enters the 23rd week she is already in the 6th month of pregnancy.
What to do in case of anxiety attacks during pregnancy?
As we said before, anxiety in pregnancy is quite common and almost all women complain of a crisis at least during their gestational period. The reasons can be different, from the fear of being a good mother, the insecurities that motherhood gives her or even the questioning if that was really a good time to get pregnant.
The fact is that, regardless of the cause, crises need to be treated to prevent discomfort from harming the health of the mother and even the baby. See what are some ways to contain the symptoms and even prevent the emergence of new anxiety attacks during pregnancy:
- Perform physical exercise: we imagine that you already know that physical exercise has several benefits for pregnant women, such as: improved physical resistance, improved posture and breathing, relieved back pain and other symptoms of pregnancy… And one of the benefits in which they act directly is totally focused on anxiety attacks. After all, they are able to make your muscles relax, make you breathe better and help you to know how your body works, thus ensuring that you are more willing to have a peaceful and healthy pregnancy. But always remember to talk to your doctor before doing any physical activity, ok?
- Consume calming foods: some foods have a calming effect and can contribute to the control of anxiety attacks without any risk to your health or that of your baby. Here are some examples: lettuce, apple, eggs, honey, passion fruit and chamomile tea.
- If necessary, be accompanied by a psychologist: therapies (individual or group) are also very beneficial and can directly contribute to controlling your anxiety attacks. Therefore, if you feel the need to have the help of a professional to monitor your gestational period and make you calmer, the psychologist certainly has a lot to add in this regard.
Well, we hope that you were able to understand what the symptoms and events are during 23 weeks of pregnancy. Always remember: all the content described here is just a few tips for information purposes. In case of more specific clarifications, it is recommended that you go directly to your obstetrician, ok?
But if you have any questions about the content presented, you can comment here and we’ll clarify. 😊
In addition, if you want to follow what are the symptoms and events of the next gestational weeks, just keep following our blog . In the next few days, we will publish other posts so that you can have all the information you need for a healthy and peaceful pregnancy!
See you around here. To the next!