23 Weeks Pregnant
Fetal development in week 23
Your little womb hi-jacker is starting to kick their break-dance party up a notch now that his/her ears are registering sounds from the outside world!
The sound of a phone ringing (or that catchy ring tone), a thunder clap, or a car honking will actually jar their little ears enough to elicit a kick or violent bout of squirming.
More importantly, this means that their little ears are picking up the sounds of your voice and others around you.
So, if you've been yelling a lot (and really, who doesn't get cranky when they're pregnant?) it's time to reign that in and practice a little self restraint for the sake of your little eavesdropper, who is becoming more exquisitely sensitive to all of your behaviors every day.
The equation is simple: happy healthy mama = happy healthy baby.
Stress during pregnancy is quite literally BAD for your baby's developing brain. It's time to clean out the toxic relationships and situations in your life for your sake and your child's sake.
Take the time to center and be quiet - to reflect on the growing life inside of you and the future you will share together. Read up on infant development and attachment to start preparing yourself for the first time you meet your child.
And how's mom doing?
If no one's ever warned you about the joys of the pregnancy-sleep-challenge, you’re probably starting to discover them yourself.
The good news: some very thoughtful people invented pillows specifically designed to give a pregnant woman a better chance of sleeping through the night. If you do buy a pregnancy pillow, make sure to keep the receipt as some women still have problems sleeping and fare better with their own uniquely crafted pillow set-up.
The bad news: these magical pillows won't stop you from needing to pee three times every night.
Even if you don't have extra money to blow on special pregnancy pillows: you can achieve a more comfortable sleep by using additional pillows or folded blankets, under your belly and between your legs.
Are you remembering to drink lots of fluids?
Plenty of good ol’ fashioned H20 (water) keeps your baby in clean amniotic fluid and reduces swelling in your poor ankles and feet.
The oh-so sexy pregnancy-induced swollen cankles are a result of the weight of your baby + uterus + amniotic fluid pressing on your pelvic veins, thereby slowing fluid circulation to the lower half of your body, which causes water retention.
To reduce undue cankle-age avoid sitting for long periods of time — and for the hundredth time: don’t forget to stay active!
Drinking loads of water is also good for your little swimmer as dehydration is frequently connected with premature birthing.
Yep, it’s a lot of responsibility, but you can do it! You’re almost two-thirds of the way there already! Keep up the good work mom!
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The Sarcastic Journalist is a freelance writer and mother of two living near Houston, Texas. She has a degree in journalism and an addiction to magazines. Here, she recounts the 40 not-so-glowing but hilarious weeks of her pregnancy!
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The Pregnancy Pillow Problem
Even though I was slightly worried at the beginning of my pregnancy about sleeping on my belly, instinct quickly won over and I kept on sleeping that way, figuring I should enjoy it while I could.
Then, the belly started getting a little bigger and the baby started kicking. I really had a hard time sleeping on my stomach, thinking about this itty bitty baby girl in there, kicking at me to change position. Sometimes I imagined a tiny little fetus voice screaming “help me!”
Once it became impossible to sleep on my belly, I went out and bought one of those expensive “body pillows.” You know, the type that are about the length of your bed and resemble a snake? Yeah, I had one of those.
Except, I hated it. I’m not sure how I was supposed to sleep with it (I don’t remember reading a “how to sleep with your pillow for dummies” manual), and just couldn’t get it down. Hands above or below? Do I “spoon” it or just snuggle up near?
Finally, the stupid thing made it to the closet, along with all the other things I thought I needed but never used. I took up sleeping with a variety of pillows for comfort: one for my back, one for my head and one between my legs. If I was feeling in the mood for some loving, I might even hug one.
My entourage of pillows and I took up a good ¾ of our bed, a fact that I’m pretty sure secretly annoyed my husband. If my conquering of the bed wasn’t enough to anger him, the fact that a group of pillows were getting more “action” than he was (thanks to my nonexistent libido) probably did the trick.