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Week 23 of Pregnancy

Many women are blessed with the infamous pregnancy glow. This results from increasing levels of blood circulating to your skin surface. It will make you appear refreshed and invigorated. Enjoy till it lasts!

The middle trimester of pregnancy is ideal time to go a holiday as you are not too huge yet. You can fly till your 34thweek or even later if you are having a normal healthy pregnancy. You need to call up the airline to check their policy for pregnant women. Refer to our section on travel during pregnancy to read more.

Around this time, some women experience Braxton Hicks contractions, a tightening of the uterus that typically lasts 30 seconds to one minute. You need to inform your doctor if they last longer than an hour or become more intense. Their purpose is to begin preparing your body for labour and birth.

In the third trimester, your baby will begin to deposit stores of iron. Your body also demands iron because of the huge increase in blood volume that occurs during pregnancy. Prepare your body for the coming trimester by eating iron rich food.  Eating food that is rich in vitamin C with those that are rich in iron can double the amount of iron absorbed.



Your body

You are learning to handle the mood swings and physical changes. Most of the discomforts of pregnancy are normal and disappear after the baby’s birth. So take them in your stride and enjoy every day. Proper rest is important, but also consider taking regular walks and mingling with other mothers and mothers to be. Join our due date club and make friends with other mums-to-be who are in a similar trimester as you.

You may also start getting sore feet around this time. It’s a good idea to wear well comfortable shoes to help reduce feeling of soreness. Whenever possible put your feet up when you sit down to rest. You will begin to put on weight more steadily. You could experience more vaginal discharge than usual. You may get backaches. Refer to our section on symptoms of second trimester to learn more.

This week your uterus continues to grow and expand. By now your uterus is probably about an inch above your navel. You may start feeling bulkier now but keep in mind your baby is still enjoying his spacious interior.  Your baby still has plenty of room to flip and flop about.

You may feel silly talking to your bump but soon you will get the hang of it! And if you don’t-no worries as your baby will anyway get to know you face-face when she’s born.



Your baby



Your baby measures over 28 cm and weighs up to 550 gms. Your baby will gain considerable weight within the next four weeks. By week 26, your baby will weight almost twice as much as it does today.

Your baby has the proportions of a newborn but is much thinner- baby fat hasn’t yet developed. Your baby’s face and body is looking more like those of an infant. His eyes are fully formed, though they have no colour yet. He is getting the first signs of teeth in the form of tooth buds in the gums. He has wrinkled skin. He has started to drink amniotic fluid he’s floating in, and his digestive system is mature enough to absorb nutrients. Your baby still has lots of room to move around, so the kicks, punches and movements will continue as before.

Your baby’s lungs will grow extensively this week, even though he continues to receive his share of oxygen from the placenta in the uterus. Your baby is now capable of hearing noises outside the womb.  Encourage your hubby to talk to your baby during this time so your baby gets used to the sound of their voice. You may also notice that your baby moves around a bit more when you are in a loud environment.


Remember

There is often little time in antenatal visits to ask questions, and it’s hard to take complicated information in straight away. If you keep forgetting what you wanted to ask, write it down and take a list of questions in with you. This will prepare you for what lies ahead for you in the weeks ahead.

There are a number of aspects of pregnancy that you should be aware of as they can affect your well-being at work. For example, varicose veins can be aggravated by standing for long periods, and the effects of hormonal changes on your ligaments can increase the likelihood of injury or strains when lifting heavy loads. Take care by wearing comfortable clothes and flat shoes at work. Don’t lift anything heavy and ask for help where possible. Don’t be proud!



FAQs

How much weight should I gain during my second trimester?

The average weight gain in the second trimester is around 0.45-0.9 kg per week (1-2 pounds). If you had morning sickness during the first trimester, you may now have more rapid weight gain as your appetite has returned. Ideally, your weight gain should be slow and steady but don’t worry if you gain little more or little less than average each week.

Eat a healthy well balanced diet. Aim for 300 calories more than what you were taking before pregnancy. Make sure you are taking 75 grams of protein each day. Do gentle exercises such as walking, swimming, or pregnancy yoga.  Refer to details on pregnancy weight gain in FAQ section to check how much you should be putting on during your pregnancy.



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