23 Weeks Pregnant

23 Weeks Pregnant – My Growing Baby

My growing baby is ten inches long and now weighs a whole pound.*

23 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my baby

Everything now is focused on growing and getting bigger for my baby.  The hair, lanugo, on my baby’s body will begin to get darker and could possibly be seen through an ultrasound.*

23 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me

You probably weigh between 12 to 15 pounds more. It is not uncommon to question your weight about now, but it is important to maintain a healthy balanced diet.  Your enlarged uterus is sitting on top of your bladder which places pressure on it.  This pressure may cause you to leak and will only become more challenging as your pregnancy continues.  Urine and amniotic fluid can best be differentiated by smell with amniotic fluid being free of any odor. *

23 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week

Maternity leave is something you need to plan for both you and your employer.  If you are returning back to work you need to decide how much time you can afford away from work from a financial perspective.  Communication with your employer is helpful and allows them to make arrangements to cover your responsibilities with others.  There is no set time frame where you should stop working.  Some women will work right up to their due date whereas others may stop several weeks before.  The primary question related to how long you work is if you are comfortable.

What are your thoughts about:

  • Being a stay-at-home mother?
  • Who will care for the baby?
  • What do you know about local day care programs?
  • Can you afford to stay home

Start discussing these plans and questions now with your partner, your family, and your employer where appropriate.

23 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips

It is important to get plenty of fluids and water tops the list as the most appropriate.  There are other good drinks such as vegetable juice, fruit juice, milk and even teas that are caffeine free.  Avoid drinks with caffeine as much as possible and sodas are counter productive because they act as a diuretic. The color of your urine provides insight to whether you are drinking enough water or not; clear or light yellow suggests that you are getting good amounts of water.

There are other benefits to drinking water.  Drinking enough water can help prevent:

  • headaches
  • uterine cramping
  • urinary tract infections
  • swelling

23 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner

Paternity leave is when the father takes off time from work after the birth or adoption of a child. You will need to see what your employer offers in terms of paternity leave. Currently most of this is un-paid time off, but several states are working on laws that will change this to paid time off. Begin discussing with your partner your options regarding paternity leave, and begin creating a game plan for the first several weeks of your new baby’s life.

Last Updated: 11/2012

* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception.  Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman.  It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.

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