Week 23 of Pregnancy: Baby’s Rapid Brain Development and Maternal Milestones

Baby Size at Week 23: Your baby is now about the size of a large mango, measuring around 11.4 inches (290 mm) from crown to rump. They weigh approximately 1.1 pounds (500 grams). At this stage, your little one’s brain is growing rapidly, and they are starting to form distinct facial features.

Changes and State in the Mother’s Body: As you enter week 23, you may notice that your belly is becoming more prominent. Your uterus continues to expand, putting pressure on your organs, which can lead to heartburn and shortness of breath. You might also experience occasional dizziness due to changes in blood circulation.

Common Symptoms:

  • Increased vaginal discharge: It is normal to have a higher amount of vaginal discharge during pregnancy. However, if you notice any changes in color, consistency, or have itching or a foul odor, consult your healthcare provider.
  • Backaches: As your belly grows, the extra weight can strain your back muscles, leading to discomfort. Practice good posture and consider using a pregnancy support belt for relief.
  • Swollen feet and ankles: Swelling, also known as edema, is common in pregnancy due to increased blood volume and fluid retention. Elevating your legs and avoiding prolonged periods of standing can help reduce swelling.
  • Braxton Hicks contractions: You may experience more frequent Braxton Hicks contractions as your uterus prepares for labor. If the contractions become regular, intense, or accompanied by other concerning symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Trouble sleeping: Finding a comfortable sleeping position becomes more challenging as your belly grows. Try using pillows for support and consider sleeping on your side to improve circulation.

Tips for Week 23:

  1. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and help prevent constipation, which can be a common issue during pregnancy.
  2. Support your back: Use a firm, supportive chair with good back support, and consider using a cushion or rolled-up towel for additional lumbar support.
  3. Practice relaxation techniques: Engage in activities that promote relaxation and reduce stress, such as prenatal yoga, deep breathing exercises, or meditation.
  4. Invest in comfortable maternity clothes: As your body continues to change, invest in comfortable maternity clothing that allows room for growth and provides support for your growing belly.
  5. Attend prenatal classes or workshops: Consider enrolling in prenatal classes or workshops to learn more about childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care. These classes can help you feel more prepared and confident as your due date approaches.


  1. Is it normal to feel more emotional during week 23 of pregnancy?
    • Yes, heightened emotions are common during pregnancy due to hormonal fluctuations. Allow yourself to express your feelings, and lean on your support system for understanding and comfort.
  2. Can I continue to have intercourse during week 23 of pregnancy?
    • In most cases, it is safe to have intercourse during pregnancy. However, if you have any complications or concerns, consult with your healthcare provider to ensure it is safe for you and your baby.
  3. Why do I sometimes feel lightheaded or dizzy during week 23 of pregnancy?
    • Lightheadedness or dizziness can occur due to hormonal changes, low blood sugar, or changes in blood pressure during pregnancy. Ensure you are eating regular, balanced meals and staying hydrated. If the symptoms persist or worsen, consult your healthcare provider.

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