Hi friends, welcome to today’s post, we are going to be talking about your 23 week ultrasound, as usual, you are going to find ultrasound images combined with all you need to know about your 23 week pregnancy on this post, so let’s begin…
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How Big Is your Baby at 23 Weeks Pregnant?
At 23 weeks pregnant, the baby is as big as a grapefruit. The average 23 week fetus weighs about 1.2 lbs. and measures 20 centimeters long(Excluding legs).
Please know that small discrepancies on weight and size not necessarily means that there is a problem, only if the difference is 2 weeks or more further testing is required.
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What are your symptoms at 23 week pregnant:
Bleeding and/or swollen gums: Pregnancy hormones increase your blood flow, making your gums more likely to swell and bleed. If your mouth is feeling more sensitive than usual, switch to a soft bristle toothbrush and continue flossing regularly. And stick with your normal dental exam routine, seeing the dentist at least every six months.
Swollen hands and/or feet: Now that you’re pregnant, you have an increase in the amount of fluids in your body. So minor swelling is totally normal and will resolve as soon as baby is born.
Braxton Hicks contractions: You might start noticing mild contractions at this point, some patients more than others, Braxton hicks contractions is when your uterus occasionally feel tight as it practices for labor. This is totally normal as long as the contractions go away when you change positions. Let your doctor know about any pain or contractions that don’t stop, Keep in mind that Dehydration can cause Premature Labor, so try to keep yourself hydrated at all times. If you are pregnant with twins expect to be feeling more of this contractions.
Backaches: With the growth of the uterus and your baby, this begins to mildly bend your spine and put stress on your back muscles. Backaches are especially common for women who are 23 weeks pregnant with twins.
An increased Fetal activity might be more noticeable at this time as well, baby is more active kicking more and more every day.
To review other symptoms, check any of my previous posts on the links below:
At this point you need more comfort and self pamper as your pregnant belly keeps growing, believe me you are going to appreciate that later on, some recommended goodies for you at this time are:
What is happening with your baby at 23 weeks?
Baby’s forming little nipples at this stage. And your cute little 23 week fetus’s face is fully formed, he or she just needs a little extra fat to fill it out.
Baby’s entertaining him or herself by listening to your voice and your heartbeat, and can even hear some loud sounds like cars honking and dogs barking. Isn’t that cool?
Important information about your doctor visit at 23 weeks.
Well by now you may not have a doctor’s appointment or a 23 weeks pregnant ultrasound unless you are having symptoms of preterm labor such as:
1.Regular or frequent contractions (a tightening sensation in the abdomen that doesn’t go away).
2. Constant low, dull backache.
3.A sensation of pelvic or lower abdominal pressure.
4.Mild abdominal cramps.
5.Vaginal spotting or bleeding.
6.Watery vaginal discharge (water breaking) in a gush.
7.A change in vaginal discharge.
or any traumatic events such as:
Fall or car accidents.
Now lets take a look of what you can expect to see if you need to have an ultrasound at 23 weeks.
Normal heart beat from 120 to 165 bpm.
If an ultrasound is need it at 23 weeks, then the ultrasound protocol will definitely includes:
- Fetal position( vertex or breech)
- Doppler of the heart
- Measurements/fetal biometry if size discrepancies are present
- Basic look on the fetal anatomy( Detailed anatomy scan was done at 18-20 weeks)
- Amniotic fluid index
- Placenta position and well being
OK guys, so this is the most important information about your 23 week ultrasound and doctor visit.
I really appreciate if you stay with me until the end, I hope this post was helpful to you, on my next post we will be discussing the 24 week pregnancy and ultrasound, thanks for visiting my blog today, I will see you next time.
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Disclaimer: Due to HIPPA compliance and regulations all patient information is protected on this site, the majority of the Ultrasound images are my own. Also, the information provided on my blog is designed to provide helpful information and education about the topic and are made with the best of my knowledge, therefore, is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition, For diagnosis or treatments on any medical problems consult your own physician. The author is not responsible or liable for any mistreated pathologies or wrong treatments.