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23 Weeks Pregnant

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While every baby and pregnancy is unique, here are some of the things you can expect when you're pregnant at 23 weeks.

Your Body at 23 Weeks Pregnant

Your body at 23 weeks pregnant has changed dramatically. You're probably gaining weight at a steady pace by now and your baby bump is definitely noticeable. If you're having problems finding clothes that fit, check out some of our favorite tips for finding great maternity clothes.

If you're still feeling a little emotional when you're pregnant at 23 weeks, you're not alone. Your body and emotions are dealing with some major changes, so be gentle with yourself. If you're feeling particularly stressed, spend time on a favorite activity, whether it's talking with a friend, shopping, or exercising. Getting some exercise can definitely help you work through your emotions, especially during the second trimester. If you have some extra energy, consider getting the baby's nursery put together and wash things like bedding and clothes in a special baby detergent.

When you're pregnant at 23 weeks, an increase in vaginal discharge is common. However, if you notice that it's thicker or yellow, it could be a sign of a yeast infection and you should talk to your doctor or midwife.

Your Baby at 23 Weeks

Your baby at 23 weeks is moving constantly and you're probably feeling a great majority of these movements. It's not uncommon for babies to fall into regular sleep and wake patterns and you may even be able to predict when your baby's taking a nap and when he's awake.

 human fetus at 23 weeksHe even looks like a baby now, although he's still very thin and small. His eyes are fully formed and he even has very small teeth under his gums. His hearing is improving as the inner ear organs develop so you might find that he moves around in response to your voice. Don't feel silly about talking or singing to your baby -- he loves the sound of your voice already!

What to Consider When You're 23 Weeks Pregnant

Now is the time think about some parenting choices. Such as: Are you going to use disposable diapers or are you planning on using cloth diapers? Some families choose to use both -- this doesn't have to be an all or nothing decision.

If you're a working mom, now's the time to get serious about your maternity leave. Make a plan with your employer so that everything is covered while you're home with the baby.

What to Expect at 24 Weeks Pregnant

 
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