Growing lungs, growing baby
Week 23: Breathing practice begins
Much of your baby's development during the 23rd week of pregnancy focuses on preparing her for her first real breath once she is born. Here's what's happening this week:
Your Week 23 nutrition and health
What you should know about your weight gain
While many developments are occurring within your body during Week 23, you — like many pregnant women — could find yourself wondering about weight gain. This often happens when you see a consistent gain on the scale from week to week.
Pregnancy typically involves weight gain. This extra weight provides nourishment to your developing baby and also is stored to aid breastfeeding after your baby is born.
Where is the weight going?
According to the fifth edition of Your Pregnancy and Childbirth published by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, these are estimated weights. Please note that the weight gain of every woman and baby is different.
|Baby||6-1/2 to 9 pounds|
|Amniotic fluid||2 pounds|
|Heavier breasts||2 to 3 pounds|
|Additional blood volume||3 to 4 pounds|
|Increased fluids||3 to 4 pounds|
|Fat storage||6 to 8 pounds|
Feeling off balance?
Clumsiness is a normal part of pregnancy as your baby rapidly grows. Not only is your center of balance off at 23 weeks pregnant and beyond, but the hormones that are loosening joints and ligaments can make it difficult to be graceful.
If you are feeling off balance, try these tips:
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