Pregnancy: Week 23

At 23 weeks, there are some exciting developments happening for your baby. First, while you may get an ultrasound now, you’re not going to see the unique color of your baby’s skin. It’s actually red.

Don’t worry, though, no matter what color you expect your baby to have once she’s born is likely the color she’ll be.

What to Expect with Physiological Development

As noted, your baby’s skin color will generally be red. This is actually a natural part of the process and not something you’ll actually get a chance to see. Another important development is that your baby’s ears will be fully developed and she’ll be hearing everything going on around her.

If you have a dog and it barks, guess what? That’s right, your baby hears that. She’ll also be hearing you speak and that will lay the foundation for hearing your soothing voice once she’s born.

Your 23 Week Ultrasound

During the week 23 ultrasound, you’ll notice one striking thing: your baby actually looks like a baby. Pretty cool, huh? You can also begin noticing the shape of the face, those ears, and mouth much more clearly now than during the last ultrasound.

You may also notice a lot more activity as well. With hearing development and a bit more energy, you might just see your baby kicking and moving her arms when you’re in for that ultrasound.

Changes in You

During week 23 you might notice your feet beginning to swell. This often happens toward the end of the day and when it’s warm outside. That’s because circulation through your legs is slowing down. Don’t worry, though, once the baby is born your body will get rid of all that extra fluid built up that’s causing the swelling (called edema) through frequent urination.

What You Should be Doing

Now you may be approached about deciding whether or not to bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood. This is generally meant to help in the event of serious health issues in the future, such as leukemia. These stem cells may provide some potent protection for your baby, but it’s expensive.

At the moment, there is little research to support the benefits of saving umbilical or placenta blood as most of the conditions that may rely on them can be treated with other sources.

Ending Week 23

Now is a good time to think about keeping a journal, especially about your emotions, things you want to tell your baby, and more. Why not write a letter to your baby? You can read it to her several years from now.

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