Pregnancy Diary Week 23
Discover your pregnancy journey
Pregnancy Diary Week 23
If it hasn’t happened to you before week 23, it could be starting …what you may have thought was a myth starts to become a harsh reality – Pregnancy Brain! Forgetful, absent-minded … well, you may feel as if your brain has kind of turned to mush. So read on to get the full picture for this week, plus to learn what plums can do for baby and you!
How your baby is growing
What you can expect at this time
A beneficial food for your pregnancy nutrition
Pregnancy Diary Week 23: How Is Your Baby Growing?
This week, your baby begins to gain some pounds. She is over a pound now with a length of more than 11 inches. Also, his bones and organs are very visible through the skin. By this time, you are probably getting used to your baby’s movements.
Cherish these gentle movements because as weeks pass by, they can be more pronounced and painful at times.
Your baby’s ears are now fully functional. In fact, when she is born loud noises which she often hears in the uterus like barking dogs won’t bother her anymore. Also, her lungs are now developing.
What you can expect
As the baby continues to grow inside your body, you will also begin to notice significant changes occurring on your body. Aside from your increasing body size and weight, varicose veins and bulging stomach, you will begin to see the thin lines on your belly. These thin lines are known as the linea negra (black line).
According to experts, linea negra has always been there but most women fail to notice it before pregnancy. It usually manifests during pregnancy due to your increased hormones that trigger hyperpigmentation.
With your hearty appetite usually comes bloating, which is linked to the hormone, progesterone. This type of hormone relaxes the gastrointestinal tract which leads to the slowing down of digestion.
The slow rate of digestion actually gives more time for the nutrients to enter your bloodstream and reach the baby. Furthermore, due to the surge of hormones, you can be forgetful at times… you may be experiencing pregnancy brain!
Your partner can also notice you snoring at times due to nasal congestion, which is normally caused by swollen nose membrane and extra weight. Tingling hands and bleeding gums can also be experienced.
Plums For Pregnancy Nutrition
With the significant changes that are taking in and outside of your body, it is very important to give your body a sufficient amount of healthy nutrients. As you may already know, pregnant women are more prone to suffer from infections during pregnancy because of their weakened immune system. One of the best ways to keep your body the best of health is to eat healthy fruits and vegetables which are packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Plums come from the family of nectarines, almonds and peaches – plums are one of the most nutritious fruits to eat when pregnant. When dried, plums are referred to as prunes.
Scientific research has revealed that plums are very beneficial to the health of human beings. They contain high levels of antioxidants which are known for their anti-cancer effects. It also contains flavonoids that help in protecting flavonoids against oxidation.
Plums are also known for their ability to promote healthier and sharper eyesight. In fact, it prevents the onset of macular degeneration and other eye infections. Aside from its ability to promote healthy vision, plums are also excellent sources of potassium, dietary fibre, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Constipation is very normal during pregnancy. Since plum is a good source of dietary, it can be a good solution to constipation. Aside from its dietary fibre content, plums contain isatin and sorbitol compounds that are known to be effective at regulating the body’s digestive functions, thereby preventing the occurrence of constipation.
Plums can also be good sources of other nutrients such as potassium, iron and fluoride. As widely known, iron is very important in pregnant women especially those suffering from anaemia. During pregnancy, women need extra iron for the baby’s optimum growth and development. Plum can be a good source of iron which is vital in the formation of red blood cells.
On the other hand, potassium is vital in regulating body fluids, which significantly affect the heart rate as well as the blood pressure of the mother. When left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can lead to a number of complications such as pre-eclampsia which can put the health of both the mother and the baby at risk.
All articles on the blog and website are intended as information only. Please do not consider any of the information provided here as a substitute for medical advice. At all times seek medical advice directly with your own doctor and medical team.
This website was formerly Merrion Fetal Health. The clinic has undergone a rebrand and is now known as Merrion Ultrasound.