Each new week of pregnancy adds new grams, brings new sensations.
Do not dwell on its clumsiness, growing volumes. Pregnancy is a physiological state, a period of complete peace of mind and happiness for a woman.
Do not forget to enjoy life, please yourself and your husband with sex. Walk, explore, learn.
For 23 weeks of pregnancy, your weight has increased by 5-7 kg.
Heartburn, constipation become almost commonplace. The baby’s movements are more and more insistent, sometimes it is even possible to determine which part of the body the child kicked at the mother.
At week 23, the baby continues to accumulate subcutaneous fatty tissue, it is rounded, takes on a more familiar look to the eye, however, while it still has the appearance of a small wrinkled red man. Due to the accumulated pigments, the skin ceases to be transparent.
This is what your baby looks like at week 23
The brain of the baby has increased, the nerve connections in it are getting better, which requires the mother to go for a walk in the fresh air. About the lack of oxygen baby warn mom reinforced shocks. With the help of special devices, it is possible to register the activity of the brain. The kid begins to dream.
The eyes of the fetus are open, it distinguishes between light and darkness, reacts to them by changing behavior. Well he distinguishes between sounds, changing his behavior with sudden noises.
The digestive system is ready to perform its functions, the child constantly swallows the amniotic fluid, the liquid part of which splits into sugar and water and is absorbed in the intestine, and the flakes and fluff hair that have gotten into the water form meconium, which is normally removed only after childbirth.
Ultrasound in the 23rd week of pregnancy
Week 23 refers to the screening period. If you did not have time to perform the second diagnostic ultrasound – now is the time.
At this time, if the baby is not very shy, you can determine who will be born soon. Sex characteristics are differentiated clearly.
But the purpose of ultrasound diagnosis this week is to exclude the pathology of the development of the fetus and pathology from the placenta. The physician must evaluate the position of the fetus in the uterus, its presentation. The sizes, compliance of these sizes to the term of pregnancy. The internal organs are examined, the degree of their development, the ratio between them is assessed. Calculation of respiratory movements, heart rate.
When inspecting the placenta, an assessment of its size, functional maturity, the presence of pathological inclusions in it, the measurement of blood flow takes place.
The location of the placenta relative to the internal pharynx of the cervical canal (CK) is also evaluated, as well as the length of the cervix, the degree of disclosure of the CK.
What happens in your body at week 23?
The sensations that arise in the body of the future mother at week 23 can hardly be called pleasant. Sometimes heartburn occurs even at night, due to the effect of hormones on the sphincters and mechanical changes in the position of the stomach.
Constipation and bloating also appear due to the relaxing effect of hormones on muscle tissue, and are poorly corrected. Varicose veins of the lower extremities and genitals are caused by an increased load on the cardiovascular system as a whole.
Cramps in the calf muscles, especially at night, occur when there is insufficient calcium intake in the body.
The action of hormones on the skin leads to the appearance of age spots and excessive hair growth. Do not let this cloud your pregnancy. As a rule, after childbirth, everything passes without a trace.
There may be problems with the teeth, and again due to a lack of calcium – the baby has time before the mother to take calcium from the blood for their construction needs.
Your feelings on week 23
With a normal pregnancy, the woman feels relatively well. Sometimes she may be disturbed by Braxton Hicks contractions. These are training contractions of the uterus that are not accompanied by painful sensations and bleeding.
Perhaps the occurrence of pain in the uncomfortable position of the body of the child. The movements of the baby cause tension on the uterus ligaments and moderate pulling pains on the sides of the uterus.
There may be discomfort and uncomfortable position of the mother. For example, when resting on your back, dizziness and a feeling of lack of air appear – the uterus presses the abdominal aorta.
The pelvic bones, in preparation for childbirth, are moved apart, which can also cause pain.
Heaviness in the legs appears due to fluid retention in the body, edema of the tissue, in addition, the growing weight of the woman also adds weight to the extremities. To cope with this, help special insoles, salt-free diet, foot bath, the elevated position of the legs during rest.
Discharge from the genital tract
As with any period of pregnancy, discharge at week 23 can directly tell about the course of pregnancy. Normally, discharge is liquid, milky or transparent, without a sharp unpleasant odor.
Yellow, green, frothy, cheesy discharge directly indicates the presence of infection in the genital tract of a pregnant woman. With their presence, treatment should be started immediately to prevent infection of the placenta, amniotic fluid and fetus. Infection is the most common cause of termination of pregnancy at any time.
Transparent abundant odorless discharge is important not to be confused with leaking amniotic fluid. If the slightest suspicion arises, it is possible to perform a test for leakage of amniotic fluid.
Spotting may occur as an independent phenomenon or with pain. Brown discharge may indicate old placental abruption. Bright bloody discharge will lead to the idea of a recent detachment. As a rule, such discharge is preceded by an increase in the tone of the uterus. It makes no sense to remind you that these symptoms require an urgent visit to a doctor.