Congratulations are in order!
Congratulations! You’re now 23 weeks pregnant! You’re most likely feeling a lot of different emotions at this time in your pregnancy. And you’re still dealing with a whole bunch of pregnancy symptoms, some of them welcome and some not so welcome. All those pregnancy hormones can do a real number on your emotions. There are some days where you’ll be happy and thoroughly enjoying your pregnancy. Other days you’ll be crying for no reason at all as pregnancy symptoms hit hard. Be kind and allow yourself some breathing room when it comes to your emotions. After all, you’re battling pregnancy symptoms on a daily basis!
While 23 weeks pregnant your belly is still growing. As the uterus grows it pushes some of the other organs around and against each other. This can cause stomach pain as the ligaments in your stomach to stretch and expand. As yes, you can consider this one of those bothersome pregnancy symptoms that become quite annoying as your pregnancy progresses! To add even more to the mix, this ligament pain can move around to your lower back as your body tries to adapt to the growing uterus and make room for baby. The important thing is to relax and know that what you’re going through is entirely normal and part of the pregnancy symptoms that most women are going to experience at this
More about your wonderful big belly!
Now that you’re 23 weeks pregnant you’re most likely getting comments about the size of your stomach no matter how small or big it is. Don’t be too sensitive about all this belly talk but rather enjoy your moment in the spotlight! Just think of all those days when you were bothered by unpleasant pregnancy symptoms. And those days were you doubted you could do this. Pregnancy is such a wonderful time for any woman and most people will smile when they see a pregnant woman. While 23 weeks pregnant it’s apparent to anyone that you’re expecting. What about what’s happening inside that round belly of yours? At this point of your pregnancy baby weighs just over a pound now. He or she is almost 11.5 inches in length, and more active than ever! That hard kick you just felt? It’s junior making a fuss in your belly.
You’re kidding…fluid retention?
Yes, there really is no end to the list of pregnancy symptoms that you might experience during your pregnancy. Now that you’re 23 weeks pregnant you may find that you’re feet and hands are starting to swell due to fluid retention. You may even feel some tingling in your feet and hands. Don’t worry; this is just another one of those symptoms that is perfectly okay. All this swelling is simply due to the increased blood volume in your body. The tissues in your feet and hands are swelling and pressing on some of the nerves, causing this tingling sensation. Try switching to a different body position to get more comfortable. Nobody said that there was going to be a time in your pregnancy where you were going to be completely comfortable!
Nerves of steel?
Now that you’re 23 weeks pregnant you might be starting to feel a little nervous about the birth process that is awaiting you at the end of your pregnancy. It’s perfectly natural to be feeling this way, especially if this is your first baby. Not only have you had to deal with all kinds of frustrating pregnancy symptoms, you now have the challenge ahead of you of giving birth to this baby! You may be thinking about how painful and difficult childbirth is going to be. While it’s normal to be thinking this way you need to focus on what you can do to make the birth process a positive challenge in your life.
What type of labor do you want?
Being 23 weeks pregnant is the right time to start asking yourself what type of labor and delivery you want. Do you want a natural delivery without drugs or are you open to taking drugs if they become necessary? Who else do you want with you in the delivery room? This is the time to talk to your partner about what you both want when it comes to bringing your baby into the world. One of the most important things that you should remember when it comes to giving birth is that no matter how much planning you do throughout your pregnancy, anything can happen. Just like you didn’t know what your pregnancy was going to be like while 23 weeks pregnant and what pregnancy symptoms you were going to be facing, you don’t really know how your baby is going to come into this world. You need to be prepared to be flexible.