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Pregnancy Calendar - Week 23

Posted in: 2nd trimester

Are you glowing? It could be a slightly higher core temperature or slight weight gain ... or it could be the inner glow of knowing of the miracle growing inside!

Your body

The glow of pregnancy is thought to be from a number of factors: your face is fuller due to fluid retention and slight weight gain, your body's core temperate is slightly higher so you are warmer, along with the inner glow of knowing you are going through the miraculous joy of growing a baby. Because of the hormonal changes, you may find that your skin is the best it's been in years. Or you may find that you suddenly have acne that you haven't seen since the tenth grade. Drink lots of water, review your diet and, importantly, resist the temptation to pick at your skin as it can cause scarring.

When you are pregnant, you are also more likely to tan due to the melanocyte-stimulating hormone, so rupturing the acne can result in an increase in facial pigmentation known as chloasma. Remember to still wear sunscreen (and use sun protection such as a hat and sunglasses, long-sleeved clothing, and sit in the shade) and that your skin will return to your pre-pregnancy state after your baby is born.

Your baby 

Sized at approximately 20cm (head to rump), your baby looks just like a little doll. Weighing approximately 520g, the teeth appear as buds within the gum line and your baby's skin is quite saggy. This is simply because the skin grows faster than the underlying fat. Bones now have marrow and are equipped to contribute to the formation of blood cells.

More useful links:

Shop for stylish maternity wear online and locally  

Buy or hire birthing equipment available on the market   

Read about good mental health in pregnancy and parenthood  

Create your very own Pregnancy Ticker


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