Weekly Guide to Pregnancy: Week 23
How big is my baby?
Fetal size: 20cm(8 inches). Fetal weight: 455 grams (1 pound). Your baby matures, and starts to get a bit plumper.
How does the embryo develop this week?
Your baby's body and face start to resemble the appearance of a newborn baby.
The pancreas develops further this week, enabling the production of insulin, which metabolises sugar.
What pregnancy symptoms will I be experiencing?
Your abdomen is looking rounder this week! Normal weight gain for the weeks up to and including Week 23 is between 4 and 7 kg (10 and 15 pounds).
As your uterus grows, it will put more and more pressure on your bladder, to the point that you may leak small amounts of urine from time to time. Using panty liners or pads will help. Urinary tract infections are also more common during pregnancy. Symptoms include frequent urination, a burning or tingling sensation while urinating, and feeling as though you need to urinate, but with no success. If you are concerned, ask your health care professional to check your urine.
Emotional swings are normal during pregnancy. If yours haven't improved, don't worry. There's not much you can do to avoid moodiness when your hormones are in control! Talk to your partner about how you feel and re-assure them that outbursts are not always intentional.
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