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Your baby is growing
At 23 weeks, your baby’s sense of movement develops well. If you play music or gracefully swing to the tune, you baby can feel it. Weighing over a pound now, she is more than 11 inches long. In her little lungs, blood vessels are developing to prepare her for breathing. Her tiny ears are picking up and getting familiar to sounds of the outside world. When she arrives in the world she will be used to loud sounds, whatever they may be.
Your life at 23 weeks
You will notice a swelling in your ankle and feet for the next few weeks or months. The swelling or Endema occurs due to water retention owing to sluggish circulation in your legs and the changes happening in your blood chemistry. Make sure that you rest your legs by stretching them when you sit or putting your feet up when you lie down side ways. Don’t aggravate the swelling by sitting down or standing up for long periods of time. Increase your blood circulation through regular exercise and put on support stockings. Tight shoes should be out, wear loose shoes instead. Do not counter water retention by drinking less of liquids. Remain hydrated and stop fluid retention by consuming a lot of water. Even though edema is normal, excessive swelling could be preeclampsia, which is a serious issue. See your doctor, if there is puffiness around your eyes or severe or sudden swelling in your face and hands. Remember to stay calm and not get worked up. It’s all a part of the pregnancy!
Every baby develops a little differently - even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.