pregnant 23 weeks : complete info , symptoms and development

In the development of the fetus 23 weeks of pregnancy, the size of the baby is about the size of a mango. Then the fetus weighs around 453 grams with a length of 27.9 cm.

At this gestational age, a layer of fat has begun to exist in the body of the fetus. In addition, the baby will also be 'sports' more often in your stomach, moving your fingers, toes, arms and legs. So, do not be surprised if you will feel more often from the stomach.

pregnant 23  weeks

The possibility of premature birth at gestational age is also possible. When a premature baby is born this week, generally can survive with intense medical care from a doctor.

However, the baby may also experience mild to severe birth defects. With the increase in research and knowledge in the field of fetal medicine, it is expected that premature infant cases will gradually decrease every year.

In 23 weeks of fetal development, you will find that:

  • Your baby's lungs have developed to prepare a perfect respiratory system.
  • Fine hair that covers the entire body of the little one is dark now.
  • Your fetus's eyes are fully developed, even though he can't see the colors. At this time the baby's mother can open her eyes even though they are still in the womb.
  • This week, Mother can feel the little one moving in the womb.
  • The vestibular system, an area in the brain responsible for sensing movement, has developed rapidly. This indicates that the child has been actively feeling all the physical movements of the Mother.
  • The sensation of the development of the child has also grown perfectly.
  • Babies born at 23 weeks can sometimes survive if they are given appropriate medical care in the intensive care unit.

23 weeks of fetal development; Symptoms of Pregnancy

Your pregnancy is increasingly visible! The uterus will extend 3.8 cm above the navel and your body weight will increase by around 5.4 - 6.8 kg.
The mother will urinate more often because the uterus is right above the bladder. Even the mother may often pee without realizing it.
This time you will be examined for possible premature labor. This week, Mother's anxiety level also increases and experiences various emotions.
It is possible that the mother will experience bleeding in the gums or nosebleeds

What are the changes in the body of a pregnant woman at week 23?

In the development of the fetus 23 weeks of pregnancy, pregnant women are generally more difficult to sleep. Anxiety is felt sometimes resulting in frequent urination, stomach ulcers, pain in the legs, and feelings of discomfort can turn into a sleep disorder at night. However, obstetrical health still depends on the adequacy or absence of rest for pregnant women.

So, try to make yourself pregnant women relax, so that feeling nervous and anxious at week 23 of this pregnancy can slowly subside. Before going to bed, pregnant women can take a warm bath, be able to listen to soothing music, relax by reading a book while drinking a cup of warm tea. This helps pregnant women get easier to sleep.

Many doctors recommend that pregnant women sleep on their left side, so that blood flow to the placenta will not be restricted. If you feel this position is uncomfortable, try placing a pillow under your knees to reduce pressure from weight while lying on one side.

What should I pay attention to?

During the 23 weeks of fetal development, pregnant women may experience leg cramps at night. This condition of leg cramps can cause the mother to wake up in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, cramps around the calf at night are very common in the 6th month of pregnancy and it is not yet known what causes this leg cramps.

Whatever the cause, you can apply tips to help prevent and overcome them:

  • When a cramping attack occurs, make sure your legs are straight and bend your ankles inward. This action will immediately reduce pain
  • Try practicing body flexibility, this can help prevent cramps in pregnant women
  • To reduce the pressure on your feet, position your feet up as often as possible and rest between your activities on a regular basis. You can also wear pregnant stockings during the day. Don't forget to bend your legs regularly.
  • Try to stand on a cold surface, this can sometimes prevent cramps
  • You can massage or warm compress to reduce pain, but do not massage or warm compress if you have tried the method of bending the legs
  • Make sure pregnant women drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.

What should I discuss with the doctor?

During the 23 weeks of fetal development, symptoms of preeclampsia, increased body weight, decreased appetite, and swollen hands and face can occur.

In addition, headaches without cause, abdominal pain and esophageal pain, disturbances of itching and vision can also occur. If you experience these symptoms, contact your doctor. If these symptoms do not appear and You often do health checks, so you have no reason to worry about preeclampsia.

What tests should I know?
During the development of the fetus 23 weeks of pregnancy, the doctor will examine the following:

  • measure body weight and blood pressure
  • check urine for glucose and protein levels
  • check fetal heart rate
  • measure the size of the uterus with external palpation (touching from the outside) to see how it correlates with the date of birth
  • height of the lower position (top of the uterus) or fundal height
  • check the swelling of the hands and feet, check for varicose veins in the legs
  • your symptoms, especially abnormal symptoms


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