You’re 23 weeks pregnant

It’s now the 23rd week of your pregnancy, and you’re baby has grown so much

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  • How big is your baby?

    Your baby is now around 20cm long - about the size of a butternut squash.

    Now find out how your baby is growing…

  • How is your baby growing?

    His face and body are now starting to look more like that of a full-term baby but you can still see his bones and organs through his slightly transparent skin.

    Your baby’s bones, muscles and organs are steadily growing and his lungs continue to develop. There is also a lot of activity in your baby’s brain and he will be able to prefer either a bitter or sweet taste at this stage, so remember this when you’re necking down your grapefruit juice.

    Now that you can really feel your baby kicking, you may notice he’s developing a pattern of waking and sleeping. Many babies are active at night when you’re lying relatively still in bed, but are rocked to sleep during the day when you’re moving around.

    Now find out what your body is up to…

  • What’s happening to your body?

    As your baby grows, your body starts to compensate for all that extra weight you’re carrying. The weight of your baby pushes your pelvis forward which gives you the natural tendency to lean back and puts a strain on your back. Some mums-to-be don’t notice this at all, but you may find you’re getting lower backache or headaches. The right exercise can help ease discomfort and getting into the habit of suitable exercise now, like yoga for pregnancy, will stand you in good stead for the final trimester in a few weeks' time.

    Learn more about what symptoms to expect this week and check out our week by week pregnancy guide...

    Find out how your baby grew in your 22nd week of pregnancy, and what you can expect when you’re 24 weeks pregnant.