At 23 weeks, your baby already weighs about 1 pound! You may notice more movement when you are around loud noises. This is because she can now hear noises outside the womb. Encourage your partner to talk and sing to your baby during this time so she gets used to the sound of his voice.
A baby born between 23 and 24 weeks can have a survival rate of up to 70%. Studies show that each week your baby is inside you from 23 weeks and on increases their rate of survival by 3 percent until the 26th week. After the 26th week her survival rate jumps to between 80 and 90 percent if born prematurely.
You may notice your ankles starting to swell. This is from the pressure your uterus is putting on your pelvic veins, which slows fluid circulation to your legs. Plenty of water can help reduce swelling in your ankles and feet. If you want to further reduce swelling, try to avoid sitting for long periods of time and try to stay active!
In response to the question, “Are there any sleeping positions that are better for my baby? ” – Lea M. from Connecticut
Many doctors recommend that pregnant women sleep on their sides (preferably the left side) so the blood flow to the placenta is not restricted. If you find this uncomfortable, try placing a pillow between your knees to relieve the pressure of your weight while lying on your side. If you are experiencing aches in the small of your back, try applying a hot water bottle or heating pad. Lying down and getting a massage can also help. Studies have shown that sleeping on your left side can also reduce swelling in your ankles, hands and feet.
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