The World Outside
Your baby can now start hearing sounds outside your belly and might react to sudden, loud sounds like a mixer.
Don’t freak out if you look at yourself in the mirror and find more than normal dark patches or pigmentations on your face lately. These are temporary symptoms of pregnancy.
Congratulations! At week 23, you’re in the sixth month!
In the next few weeks, the baby will grow and gain weight, almost double of his/her body weight. Do not worry as the fat will deposit all over, to fit the normal body frame. The baby’s face is fully formed and the fat will get deposited under the skin in the coming weeks. Aren’t you excited to see those chubby cheeks and dimple chin? From this week on, you can also hear the heartbeat of your sweetie pie with a stethoscope.
Baby’s Length: 28.9 cm
Baby’s Weight: 501 g
Along with the baby, you will also gain weight for good.
As the belly enlarges, your centre of gravity shifts and may leave you feeling clumsy.
As pregnancy progresses, your belly button may stick out which will revert to the former state after childbirth.
This week, there are some challenges coming your way in the form of pregnancy symptoms:
The major hormonal upheavals during pregnancy might leave your brain feeling a bit fuzzy, making it difficult for you to focus or remember things. But, again, it’s a temporary symptom.
Your blood chemistry that causes water retention along with the sluggish blood circulation to your legs will result in some amount of swelling of the feet and ankles.
They appear on the face due to the pregnancy hormones. They disappear post pregnancy.
While it is normal to have swollen feet or ankles, contact your doctor immediately if you notice swelling of face or hands as it could be a sign of preeclampsia.
It is not a rule that all pregnant women experience the above symptoms; as pregnancy is a unique experience, it differs for every woman.