Week 23 Second Trimester


Most pregnant women have trouble sleeping at this time. Sleeplessness can be caused by many things including: anxiety, frequent urination, heartburn, indigestion, leg cramps, and general discomfort.

When you do manage to catch some Z’s, try as much as possible to sleep on your side, so that blood flow to the placenta is not restricted. If this is uncomfortable for you, try placing a pillow between your knees.

The skin on your stomach may become dry and itchy, so drink plenty of water and apply lotion on your belly.

Your Baby

By this time, baby weighs a little over a pound (454 grams) and is about 29 cm from head to toe. From now on, he will gain around 170 grams (6 ounces) per week.

His facial features, such as lips and eyes, are becoming more distinct. The bones in his middle ear are beginning to harden. His body is becoming more proportioned and he starts moving the muscles in his fingers, toes, arms, and legs more regularly.

At this stage, if preterm labor and delivery were to occur, a baby could survive with expert medical care. However, he may have mild to severe disabilities.

Philippine Association for Childbirth Education

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