Week 23 pregnancy symptoms

You are now in your 23rd week of pregnancy, nearly at your final trimester!

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  • Your pregnant body

    You may find yourself getting breathless as your bump grows. Although it can be uncomfortable and a bit worrying, try not to get stressed as there’s no danger to you or your baby. You’re both getting plenty of oxygen.

    Make sure you don’t stand up too quickly after sitting down for a while and take a few deep breaths. If you find you’re feeling breathless at night, sleep with a few pillows propping you up, as lying flat can make breathlessness worth. Do call your doctor if your breathlessness is severe, causing rapid breathing (or hyperventilation), chest pains, or blueness of your lips or fingers.

    At your regular antenatal check-ups your midwife will want to test your urine, so make sure you haven’t just been to the loo as you may not be able to produce a wee specimen.

    One of the things that your midwife is checking for is the presence of protein in your urine. This gives an idea of how your kidneys are working. If protein continues to show up in your wee, this can be a sign of pre-eclampsia. Other symptoms of pre-eclampsia include headaches, blurred vision, or vomiting. Talk to your midwife if you’re concerned you may be suffering with pre-eclampsia.

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  • What should you be doing this week?

    Now’s a good time to start thinking about your birth choices. Despite your best intentions however, you may end up facing a caesarean if your baby gets into distress or there are birth complications. Make sure you’re fully prepared for any eventuality by reading up about caesareans, so you know what to expect as it just might happen to you.

    If this is your second pregnancy, remember to talk to your midwife about VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean). Just because you’ve had a caesarean for a previous birth doesn’t mean that you can’t give birth vaginally this time. Your midwife can advise you on the pros and cons and reassure you that many mums-to-be have a successful natural birth after a previous caesarean.

    Learn more about how your baby's developing with 23 weeks pregnant in pictures and check out our week by week pregnancy guide.

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