As a mom-to-be your swollen ankles and feet are perfectly normal at this time and are more noticeable after spending a long day on your feet, as well as in the heat of summer. This change is due to reduced circulation and water retention. These symptoms usually subside soon after the birth of your baby, which is why you’ll urinate frequently and sweat a lot for a few days after delivery. To help alleviate the discomfort and reduce water retention and swelling, make sure you’re not on your feet for too long at a time and take any chance you get to put up your feet and take a break.
23 weeks pregnant discomfort symptoms include:
- Swollen ankles and feet Some puffiness is totally normal. Deal with it by putting your feet up as much as you can, taking regular walks, and drinking lots of water. Call your doctor if you get extreme or sudden swelling, which can be a sign of a dangerous pregnancy complication called preeclampsia.
- Braxton Hicks contractions It’s a totally weird sensation the first time you notice your belly getting super tight! Your muscles are flexing, basically to prep for the Wonder Woman-like tightening they’re going to have to do during labor. So as long as they go away quickly, they’re just par for the pregnancy course. Drink plenty of water and change positions frequently to stay comfortable.
- Backaches Sorry, but lingering backaches are to be expected, as your growing baby starts to bend your spine and stress your back muscles. Backaches are especially common for women who are 23 weeks pregnant with twins. Pain, on the other hand, could be cause for concern, so tell your OB if it really hurts.
- Bleeding and/or swollen gums You probably didn’t expect pregnancy to affect your mouth! Pregnancy hormones increase your blood flow, making your gums more likely to swell and bleed. If your mouth is feeling more sensitive than usual, switch to a soft bristle toothbrush and continue flossing with TLC. And stick with your normal dental exam routine, seeing the dentist at least every six months. In fact, your dentist may want to do extra checks while you’re pregnant—but will avoid X-rays, which aren’t usually recommended for pregnant women.
Development of Baby
You’re 23 weeks pregnant, and baby is as big as a grapefruit! The average 23-week fetus measures 11.4 inches from head to foot and weighs 1.1 pounds. Yep, baby’s almost a foot long, and is finally able to be weighed in pounds! And baby’s not just getting bigger, he or she’s getting even cuter and starting to look more like a baby.
Your baby’s sense of movement is more developed now, meaning that she will feel any movement you make from this point on.
Your baby is developing quickly. Blood vessels in the lungs are developing to prepare for breathing and the ears are now picking up sounds from the outside world so that your baby will be familiar with strange sounds when she is born.
Baby’s forming little nipples at this stage. And your cute little 23-week fetus’s face is fully formed. He or she just needs a little extra fat to fill it out. Baby’s entertaining him- or herself by listening to your voice and your heartbeat, and can even hear some loud sounds like cars honking and dogs barking.
At 23 weeks pregnant, baby movement probably feels pretty cool. It’s always a comfort knowing baby is in there wiggling around. If you pay attention, you’ll get to know your 23-week fetus’s routine: baby is less active when he or she is sleeping and a kung fu master when he or she is awake. Some parents even swear their newborns kept similar routines after birth as they did in utero. So, if your kicker is keeping you up at night, consider this a warm warning 🙂
As your baby becomes more active, you’ll feel her kicking and ‘hitting’ you more often as she stretches and turns.
If you experience severe or sudden swelling in your hands, feet, legs or face, inform your healthcare practitioner immediately.
A typical 23 weeks pregnant belly measures about 21 to 25 centimeters from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus. (That’s the fundal height.) At 23 weeks pregnant, you’ve probably gained about 12 to 15 pounds. And if you’re 23 weeks pregnant with twins, you should have gained at least 23 pounds so far. By gaining the recommended amount of weight for a twin pregnancy, you’ll reduce your risk of preterm labor.
You’re seeing your OB only once a month right now, so you may not have a doctor’s appointment or a 23 weeks pregnant ultrasound. And you may be done with your genetic testing.
In the third trimester, you’ll be busier with appointments, seeing your doctor every other week. And you may not feel as energetic as you do now. So use this time to get stuff done and out of the way.